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Bristol BASE project

Bristol BASE Hub and Spokes Project

We now work with with children across the whole of Avon and Somerset providing specialist sexual exploitation support. We were founded in 1995 to support sexually exploited young people across the City of Bristol. We were the second specialist of its kind to be opened nationally (just a few months behind Barnardo's Bradford service Turnaround) and have been at the cutting edge of practice in this area ever since. Our model is research-led and has been robustly reviewed showing consistantly excellent practice.

During 2017, we worked with 263 young people across the five Local Authorities.31% of those young people had a disability, 28% were Looked After Children and 18% were Black or Minority Ethnic.

Barnardo's young female

Sexual exploitation is not limited to particular geographical areas and all Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards should assume that it is an issue in their area.”
(Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation, HM Government, 2009)
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Our most recent accolades include:

  • the Bristol BASE Hub was recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Department of Health in 2013 for our practice as we are the only child sexual exploitation service nationally to be offering a One-stop integrated service with on-site CAMHS and sexual health nurses.
  • 2014 National Working Group 'Unsung Heroes Award' nomination
  • Outstanding inspection status given by CAIU in 2013

Risk Indicators that a child is being sexually exploited include:

  • Disclosures of older 'boyfriends'
  • Gang affliation
  • Receiving gifts, drugs and money
  • Going missing and truanting
  • Coercive relationships
  • Internal trafficking
  • Chatting to unknown people on social netowrking sites
  • Being found in risky locations

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