We work to end trafficking and exploitation
We believe that everyone should be free
Safe and Free is a group of passionate professionals who know we can act to halt the growth of trafficking. We are a charity and social enterprise.
We started back in 2012 and have been constantly innovating and evolving, bringing together technology, business and investigative skills to disrupt and prevent trafficking of young people.
Each victim that we have been privileged to help has given us detailed knowledge into the terrible effects of trafficking on individuals and families. We are deeply moved by each story that we have been part of and each of these encounters increases our resolve to put an end to trafficking.
To rescue people is great, but to end trafficking completely would be so much better.
Safe and Free wants to build a sustainable and effective charity so that:
more people can benefit from our work
we use your donations and grants efficiently and effectively
we can increase the impact of the work we do
To help us with this we have a great board of trustees and business mentors plus we receive training from the UnLtd Fast Growth Development Programme, Pilotlight and Garfield Weston Foundation.
Who are Safe and Free?
To help young people to protect themselves from grooming, CSE and trafficking.
To educate young people to recognise the signs exploitation
To give young people and teachers the tools to tackle big issues effectively.
To inspire young people to take a stand for their generation.
The Safe and Free Education Programme
Young people are particularly at risk as they transition between child and adult. They find themselves in more independent circumstances eg in the workplace, socialising without their parents, even venturing into their first romantic relationship. All these are areas where the young person is developing and learning about life and where they are more likely to take known and unknown risks.
Safe and Free want all young people to be protected from grooming, CSE and trafficking. We believe the best way to do this is through education. We want students to have the knowledge and skills to spot any attempt to target them or their friends, and to know what to do about it. We want to inspire young people to make a difference and help them to see that they can be part of the solution to the problem of trafficking. We have worked hard to put our knowledge into a compelling pack for PHSE teachers to use with their pupils.
In 2014 Safe and Free created its first free educational resource to educate young people on the ways that grooming, CSE (child sexual exploitation) and trafficking can occur. We now work with schools across the UK to empower their students and continuously develop this resource to keep it up-to-date and relevant. We know that by equipping young people with this knowledge and understanding they are better protected both online and in their everyday lives.
Empowering young people
Why is education important?
For traffickers to make money, they need to exploit and control young people either by way of threats, blackmail, violence, coercion, emotional manipulation, to name a few. It is very important that young people are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to resist these efforts to control them.
Article 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that “children and young people have a right to information that is important to their health and wellbeing”. Article 29 also refers to encouraging children to “respect others”, and Article 34 requires governments to protect children “from all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse”.
The Safe and Free Approach
We have seen young people respond very positively to our resources and to the message that there are many things they can do to keep themselves safe. Young people need to understand the risks of trafficking and how someone might seek to groom, control or exploit them.
Safe and Free has taken care to ensure that the resources are engaging and empowering despite this topic being difficult and uncomfortable. The resources stress that young people can do may things to protect themselves such as:
being aware of the problem
studying real-life case studies and the potential affects on individuals
being able to spot the signs of how someone might exploit a vulnerability in a victim
spot the signs if a trusted adult seems to exploit built up trust with the victim and their family
Grooming, CSE (child sexual exploitation) and trafficking and can happen to both girls and boys so the resources are written in a gender-balanced way, promoting the idea that all pupils need to be vigilant for themselves and each other.
We have involved students and teachers at every stage of development of the resources so that schools get a resource that really works and is pitched at the right level for the needs of the students.