In October 2015 Bright Futures were commissioned by Northumbria Police to work as part of Project Sanctuary delivering education and prevention work to young women across Tyne and Wear. Operation Sanctuary is a multi-agency response led by Northumbria Police to address the growing number of child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases in the region. It aims to protect and work with people who are at risk and victims of CSE, whilst forming cases against the perpetrators. The Operation has been divided into North and South Operations with the North covering Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside and the South covering South Tyneside, Washington, Gateshead and Sunderland. Bright Futures have developed a number of programmes which are delivered across the Force area; The Young Women’s Safety Programme covers a range of subjects including healthy relationships, online and e-safety, grooming and exploitation. The Programme is interactive and uses a range of resources which can be adapted depending upon the age and needs of the young women it is delivered to. The Programme is designed to be delivered to targeted groups of young women who may hit risk factors meaning they are more vulnerable to exploitation or may have already been involved with Operation Sanctuary. Operation Sanctuary is the descriptive umbrella for a number of collaborative agencies all working together in order to form a holistic service for the individual.
The other agencies working as part of the multi-agency include; Northumbria Police, Social Care for children and adults, Changing Lives, and Barnardo’s. The teams are based in “Hubs” across the region, all working and communicating effectively as a unit to support and/or educate individuals or groups of individuals about CSE.
“The Bright Futures Programme has been extremely beneficial to the girls in Year 9. It was a clear and interactive programme for the young girls and they engaged really well within the programme and have made comments how they have enjoyed the sessions and found them really good. The girls enjoyed talking openly and confidentially about varying issues that young girls face and its offered them support and guidance to a number of key issues young people face. The delivery of the programme was of a very high standard and delivered professionally by the facilitators. They engaged the girls extremely well and were good role models for the Year 9 girls. I would definitely recommend this to others year groups.”
Michelle Morgan, Head of Year 9, Kenton
We have worked alongside national charity, Fixers to explore the different forms of grooming and potential signs of perpetrators with a group of young women we were supporting. The group have devised their own story board and script to highlight the issue to other young women by producing a short film. The film was disseminated to all secondary schools, youth and community organisations in our area to explore the subject further with young people. The film has been featured in our local press and launched at a local secondary school by the young women who created it. Please see link: