We want to see a world where people are free from sexual exploitation, and where those in prostitution have the option to pursue genuine alternatives, free from constraints such as poverty, drug dependency, and abuses of vulnerability.
To achieve this vision we have 3 areas of work, all underpinned by our main aim of enabling routes out of prostitution:
Direct support – Providing direct support for women involved in prostitution and enabling opportunities for change.
Developing and equipping projects – Increasing the number, quality and effectiveness of projects that work with women affected by prostitution.
Changing the context – Raising awareness and challenging attitudes around the wider issues of sexual exploitation.
As a Christian organisation we believe that all people are created equal, with value and purpose, and we look to work in partnership with those who want to see women free from abuse and exploitation.
Our values are central in defining our practice and ensure that all we do remain focused on achieving our vision.
Our values include:
Working with individuals and other agencies in a spirit of cooperation not competition.
Positively embracing learning, change and development, we embrace new theories, models and ideas on how to partner with people affected by prostitution. We do not perpetuate the dynamic of ‘victim’ and ‘rescuer’.
We believe that those affected by prostitution should not be treated as passive victims. They should be treated as individuals who can take control of their own life but may want some support, guidance and information to do this.
We work holistically and aim to help the whole person; physical, mental, spiritual and social needs are all important.
Actively promote a non-judgmental approach; we treat everyone with respect, value and dignity regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, background, ability, culture or religious beliefs.
We began in 1995, with a small number of grassroots projects becoming increasingly aware of the urgent need for holistic, specialist support for those experiencing sexual exploitation.
Over the years we have increased our knowledge, experience and expertise in the area. We have seen that in order to sustainably exit prostitution, people need to be respected and empowered to identify their own needs and devise their own exit strategies. We have found that partnering and journeying with people is the most effective approach (rather that treating people as passive victims) and this is the practice model we use today.
In 2008 we changed our name from the ‘National Christian Alliance on Prostitution’ (NCAP) to ‘Beyond the Streets’ to convey more clearly our belief in the possibility of life beyond prostitution. Through changing the charity name, it has been possible to communicate afresh the values, hopes and direction to which we are committed. Our Christian values determine how we treat others: with respect, dignity, love and a non-judgemental attitude. As a charity we are seeking to enable those exploited by prostitution to find routes out and look to work with those of all faiths or none to achieve this.
Working in partnership with local projects across the UK, we help to address the needs of those in prostitution through the provision of drop-ins, street outreach, court diversion schemes, prison visiting, safe houses, home visits and counselling.
We are committed to the development of an effective network of supportive relationships between UK projects. We promote shared learning and mutual support. Whilst the majority of these projects are motivated by Christian principles, we work with all who share our commitment to journeying with people to find life beyond prostitution.
We care about our network because:
The exchange of information, skills, knowledge and experience helps to improve the quality of projects.
Information exchange leads to less duplication, faster progress and greater impact.
Peer support and encouragement help increase practitioners motivation and project impact.
Working together creates the critical mass needed for local, national and international change.
Bringing together experience helps address complex ethical and practical issues.