“We need all the ladders we can get” : Using Snakes and Ladders as a tool for exploring experiences of leaving prostitution.

In 2015 Beyond the Streets Trustee, Dr Katie Thorlby, completed her Phd thesis Global Perspectives on Sustainable Exit from Prostitution.  In this thesis she explored the process of exiting prostitution, based on research she carried out with social enterprises supporting women to leave prostitution in India and the US.  This pioneering resource ‘We need all the ladders we can get’ is the fruit of her research, a practical tool that enables women, and those working with them, to explore what helps and hinders women as they work towards a sustainable exit from prostitution.

The resource is designed to facilitate exploration of how individuals leave prostitution and uses the game of snakes and ladders to do this. The resource can be used by support organisations working with those involved in prostitution; it can be used by individuals who themselves are seeking to leave prostitution and want to share understandings of the challenges faced and the sources of support that have been beneficial; and it can be used as an educational or training tool with volunteers, service delivery staff or students seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the process of exiting prostitution.

The resource can be used to explore an individual’s personal circumstances or it can be used in a more generic manner, without being related specifically to personal experience.

It comes with examples on how to run workshops using the tool as well as a range of additional material to allow you to tailor the workshops to your own contexts, including headline findings from the PhD and quotes from the women who took part in the research.

Get your copy of We need all the ladders we can get. 

Download your copy of the resource here.

Request a printed copy of the resource by email.  Printed copies of the resource come at a cost of £25, plus postage.

Read the doctoral research which inspired the resource Global Perspectives on Sustainable Exit from Prostitution

♦ Explore further training. Beyond the Streets develop and equip projects and professionals across the UK by offering specialist training that enable professionals to better support women involved in prostitution. Contact us if your organisation would like us to deliver training based on this resource.

Katie Thorlby (PhD Durham) joined the Beyond the Streets board of trustees in January 2010 after carrying out an eleven month internship with the charity. She has previously volunteered at Door of Hope, working with women involved in street prostitution in East London. In 2015 she completed her doctoral research exploring social enterprise approaches adopted by faith-based projects supporting women to leave prostitution. Katie currently works as a researcher in the UK charity sector

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