The Spurgeons BeLeave project supports girls and young women (G&YW), aged 8 - 18, and their families to avoid Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and gang-related harm across Birmingham.
Due to Covid-19 some activities we usually provide have been suspended but we are finding safe ways to continue service delivery in new ways.
''Before, I was like, not I can't do this, and my self-esteem was low. But now I have more confidence to do things.'' - Nicky, BeLeave participant
''I gained knowledge around exploitation and how to keep my daughter safe.'' - Parent
''I am growing in confidence and self belief.'' - BeLeave particpant
BeLeave was set up by Spurgeons and the Birmingham Police and Schools Panels in 2017 and funded by KFC and Comic Relief.
It helps girls and young women aged 8 - 18 who are in danger of criminal exploitation to recognise risks and make positive choices.
Nicky is one of more than 100 girls who have been supported by the Spurgeons BeLeave project.
Listen to her story, in her own words.
Spurgeons' BeLeave Project was a finalist in the 2020 Children & Young People Now Awards in the Early Intervention category.
Since 2019 there has been a 94.5% increase in under 18s reporting to have been criminally exploited.* The BeLeave project works with young women and families at risk of child criminal exploitation (CCE). Child Criminal Exploitation is child abuse where children and young people are manipulated and coerced into committing crimes. *The Guardian
Who do we work with?
We work with girls and young women aged between 8 - 18, in the Birmingham area, who are at risk of being exploited, who frequently go missing, who have poor school attendance and have peer groups who are involved in criminal behaviour.
How do we help protect young women and families?
We provide direct one-to-one sessions. We support the young women and her family by creating a safe space to have open discussions aimed at raising awareness of child criminal exploitation (CCE). We provide theme based group sessions to build a positive peer group environment and explore lived experiences. We hold positive diversionary activities including rock climbing, archery, arts and crafts and graffiti workshops to build new social experiences.
BeLeave Mission Statement
(Co-produced with the girls and young women we work with)
To ensure every girl and young women have their voice acknowledged and listened to
To provide diverse opportunities to those with limited resources
We keep the need of the young woman and their family at the forefront of our support
We aim to foster future aspirations and growth
To offer an empathic, non-judgemental approach
To look after ourselves to enable us to deliver our professional best
Bringing about a systematic change for the impact and issues affecting girls and young women in society
Our BeLeave colleagues would be happy to answer any questions you may have, you can get in touch with the team through the following options:
BeLeave Referral Form
If you would like to make a referral for support from BeLeave, please download our referral form below and return this to the team.
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