Protect and Respect Referrals
Protect and Respect is for all young people aged 11 to 19 who have been, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited.
We don’t make any assumptions about young people’s lives. We make sure that they know who we are and, if they have been referred by someone, they have been honest about why they think they might benefit from Protect and Respect.
Protect and Respect is offered on 3 levels depending of the needs of the young person:
- risk reduction
How to refer a young person to Protect and Respect
You can refer a young person if you have concerns about any of the following:
Prevention of child sexual exploitation
- a parent, teacher or someone close to a young person is worried that they are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, or
- a group, club or class need more information and help to make safe decisions.
Immediate risk of child sexual exploitation or known abuse
For example, if a young person is:
- currently unsafe
- being groomed or exploited
- has been trafficked
- unable to make safe decisions or ask for the help they need.
Recovering from child sexual exploitation
Protect and Respect helps young people who have been sexually exploited, are now in a safe place and are want to make sense of what’s happened and move on to a safer, happier future.
How to get help from NSPCC services
Sometimes you may be referred to one of our services by someone who already helps you, like a midwife, social worker, teacher or children's centre worker. You can join some of our services yourself, simply by contacting us to see if a place is available.
If you think a service that is available in your area might help you and your family, get in touch to find out more.
Help and advice for professionals
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