R-U-Safe? in Buckinghamshire works from the premise that young people under the age of 18 who are involved in sexual exploitation, are being abused. The service aims to reach out to vulnerable young people by providing a holistic package of care delivered through assertive outreach, one to one engagement and awareness raising/prevention and preventative groups/programmes.
In common with a number of Barnardo’s services concerned with sexual exploitation, R-U-Safe is committed to working with some of the most vulnerable young people in Buckinghamshire.
The service works with young people to promote safety, healthy relationships, reduce risky behaviour and increase self-worth and self-esteem, so as to raise their aspirations and enable them to make positive choices for the future. This includes encouraging and supporting young people to exit harmful relationships.
The direct work includes but is not limited to, a range of activities, programmes and opportunities that assist in addressing their diverse and complex needs. R U Safe has a client centred approach and each young person will be assessed on their individual circumstances.
For more information please see our "Be Safe" CSE Guide.
This aspect of R-U-Safe works with young people aged between 11 and 18 who have been reported missing and returned home. Referrals are received via Thames Valley Police for young people in Buckinghamshire. People who go missing are vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
We also offer emotional support through our counselling service to help young people process difficult experiences, concerns and issues in a safe and supportive environment. This further increases their confidence, resilience and ability to identify positive ways to move forward. This service is only available to those open to R U Safe according to need.