How the service benefits children, young people and their families:
Students in secondary schools get the opportunity to explore strategies to keep them safe from exploitation or who to tell when they see it happening by an ongoing programme with the PSHE leads in the district’s schools using the Barnardo's education pack – Things We Don’t Talk About.
Children and young people 5 – 13 years old in schools, youth centres and children in residential care get the opportunity to find out what works in preventing dangerous relationships to identify when coercion happens.
Girls and young women who already know the experience of being exploited have space to talk alone, in groups, in safety at the drop-ins and outside the building in other safe spaces. They have a direct link to the local Connexions services from their own access point.
They have special access to courses at the local college and to the Careers service as well as being able to sort out problems in getting back to school with the guidance of the dedicated teacher. They can be immediately be screened for sexual health services and receive treatment for all aspects of their general health with the assistance of the dedicated health practitioner in this young woman friendly environment.
They can use the Child and Adolescent Mental Health as well as drug, alcohol and substance services within their own safe space. They can plan for their own safety with one of the and Lanes Service workers and tell their own experience to a social worker. Having a safe place to live is a big problem but the Service is finding new options and one which works is a new kind of foster placement.
In the school breaks the girls plan activities to have some fun!
Boys and young men and girls and young women from 5 – 16 years old are working with Street and Lanes staff in schools to find out what works in schools to prevent them getting into dangerous relationships.
Girls and young women up to 21 years of age, who have experience of being exploited, work in partnership with the Street and Lanes multi-disciplinary team to get the services they need from the public sector agencies in Bradford district to make sure they keep safe and get the opportunities they need.
Young women have recently evaluated the service they receive and value the Street and Lanes Service as a safe and confidential space which they help to design, which is young woman friendly and where they are not judged.
Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Bradford Health
Commissioning / funding agency:
Bradford City Council (Social Services and Education)
Bradford Youth Service
Bradford Health Trusts.
Additional and occasional funding by Bradford Children’s Fund
Connexions West Yorkshire
Standard 5 - Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Young People
Alcohol, Drugs, Healthy lifestyles, Multi-disciplinary, Open access, Preventing abuse, Safeguarding, School-based