Working with Women
Beyond the Streets is a UK charity working to end sexual exploitation by Creating Routes Out through working directly with women.
We offer a safe space to be heard, and a chance to talk with someone who ‘gets it’. We don’t focus on the past; instead we help women make a practical plan of bite size and achievable steps.
When someone is involved in prostitution, reliable information and support can change their life. That’s what we do. We journey with women to understand their situation and the choices available to them. We are there for women as they take practical and manageable steps that lead to a genuine route out of prostitution. We do this through:
Beyond Support is a call back service for women who are involved in prostitution and want to explore possible alternatives. We offer a freephone telephone number (0800 1337870) for those who want help. We listen to callers’ stories and understand the complex circumstances being faced and point her in the direction of further support, in line with the specific steps she knows she wants to take. We do this through:
- Not Judging
- Not bombarding her with advice
- Protecting her confidentiality
Beyond support is not a 24/7 crisis helpline. Once a woman has left a voicemail/email, we will return the call. Support via E-mail is also available. More information can also be found on our dedicated Beyond Support website, Beyond Support
Door of Hope
The Door of Hope project offers hope, support and routes out of prostitution for women involved in on-street prostitution in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in east London. Door of Hope’s specialist team support women through a combination of on street outreach and follow up daytime support.
One aspect of Door of Hope’s Case Management Service is the co-ordination of the Tower Hamlets Prostitution Partnership (THPP) meeting which gathers local practitioners to develop support plans for the women in high risk situations. More information, including referral forms, can be found here.
For more information please visit the Door of Hope website.
Using poetry, storytelling and art, we facilitate groups and an online forum. These provide a safe place where people can anonymously tell their story without being judged. Find out more at the Gathered Voices website.
Working with Others
Beyond the Streets is a UK charity working to end sexual exploitation by creating routes out of exploitation for women. Developing and equipping projects to effectively respond and support women out of sexual exploitation is one way that we achieve this vision.
We facilitate a National Affiliate Network of projects across the UK who journey with women affected by prostitution. We work to increase the quality, quantity and effectiveness of these projects.
We facilitate the network through:
Consultation and support for new projects
We support the development of new projects, helping them to avoid pitfalls and establish good foundations.
Practitioners’ telephone advice line
We provide support and guidance for public sector, health and charity practitioners who are journeying with women as they try to find a route out of prostitution. We help practitioners to problem solve and reflect on their practice. We guide them to work with people in a helpful, practical and positive way.
Face to face mentoring for practitioners
We provide specialist guidance and advice through informal face to face meetings. These allow us to problem solve with practitioners and model good practice.
For more practitioner resources see our Practitioner page.
Our Good Practice Guide
Our Good Practice Guide sets practice standards for working with those affected by prostitution in the voluntary sector. It compiles the shared knowledge and experience of a wide range of experienced UK projects. It covers key issues and demonstrates good practice when running holistic projects.
Safety is paramount to our network and we encourage projects to sign up to Ugly Mugs, a scheme which aims to improve the safety of those who sell sex acts by alerting them to dangerous buyers.
We introduce potential volunteers to projects in their local area. In 2013/4 we helped connect over 180 volunteers to local projects and provided training for 30% of them.
Working Beyond Stigma
Beyond the Streets is a UK charity working to end sexual exploitation by Creating Routes Out through changing the context.
Women involved in prostitution should have access to excellent, reliable and life-changing information and support. They should be treated fairly, positively and respectfully and there should be genuine alternatives to a life of prostitution regardless of where they find themselves. This leads us to raise awareness and challenge attitudes around wider issues of sexual exploitation. We do this through:
Awareness Days explore the issues around prostitution and trafficking in the UK. They help practitioners explore good practice in engaging effectively with women involved in prostitution. Awareness Days are hosted by local projects and practitioners already working in the area share their experiences.
Helping to change thinking and understanding amongst practitioners, our learning days change the way practitioners engage with those who are exploited. Practitioners become more inclusive, better listeners and better informed. Recent days have included social enterprise interventions and off street working.
Blog/ Social Media/ Newsletter
We communicate information on sexual exploitation via the web in order to increase awareness, dispel myths and encourage volunteering.
NO-vember fundraising Campaign
We ask supporters to stand with us in saying NO to sexual exploitation and violence against women in November in order to raise funds and increase awareness of our work. By saying NO to something they love, the money saved and/or the sponsorship raised supports our vital work. For more information, please visit our NOvember Campaign website