Our vision is 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.
Beyond the Streets is a UK charity working to end sexual exploitation by creating routes out through working directly with women.
We believe in life beyond prostitution and understand that change becomes sustainable when a person is empowered.
We offer a safe space to be heard, and help women make a practical plan of bite size and achievable steps to realise her future.
Reliable information and support is key for someone who is involved in selling sex. 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 exploitation.
Our services have been shaped by women with lived experience and we continue to consult with our service users.
Beyond Support is a free National, remote support service for women who are involved in the sex industry and want to explore possible alternatives.
The Door of Hope project offers hope, support and routes out 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 – many of who engage in survival sex – through a combination of street outreach, drop-ins, and specialist daytime support.
Women who are involved in the sex industry 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 prostitution, regardless of where they find themselves.
This leads us to challenge attitudes towards them as they are often formed by assumptions and are detached from complex personal and systemic root causes. We do this through integrating lived experience, practitioner insight and academic research to inform the development of training resources. This also informs our impact work, and enables us to cascade learning to the affiliate network.
Training is delivered to attendees from a range of disciplines including 3rd sector professionals, frontline service delivery staff, Police, probation, drug/alcohol services, VAWG, sexual health services.
Our Aims include reducing stigma and improving access to services for women through:
To view and read more about our training offer please see our events page.
We carry out collaborative research, informed by our direct service work with women, our affiliate network, those with lived experience, and through collaborating with other professionals to influence at policy and service delivery.
We look to challenge attitudes and affect systemic change so more is done to tackle the root causes of sexual exploitation and routes out are increased. View our research and resources here.
Alongside this we also run events such as our popular east London walking tour, and online tour, where we look to challenge the narrative around the so called ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders in the same area we work today.
We facilitate a National Affiliate Network of projects across the UK who journey with women affected by trafficking and prostitution.
Our aim is to increase the quality, quantity and effectiveness of these projects through:
Read more about the National Affiliate Network.
Explore our resources to find out more.
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.