Barnardo’s Safer Choices service provides independent support to children and young people under the age of 18 who may be experiencing a crisis and are frequenting Glasgow city centre, including young people who may:
- have run away from their family home or residential care,
- who are or at risk of being exploited, particularly through sexual exploitation.
The aims of the service are to support children and young people to identify risk and devise strategies to reduce this risk and thus reduce harm through:
- direct contact via city centre street work
- free phone service
- individual/group work intervention and prevention work around risk and sexual exploitation
- collaborative approach in working with agencies/referrers in supporting young people at risk
- awareness - raising of issues around sexual exploitation of young people in Glasgow.
- promoting the voice of young people by supporting them to engage and participate in reviews, core groups etc.
- liaising with agencies and family who are concerned for young people who may be frequenting Glasgow City Centre and/or at risk of exploitation.
We work in partnership with Glasgow City Council Social Work Services in responding to vulnerable children and young people as outlined in the
- Inter-Agency Procedures and
- Alert Protocol for missing children & young people (Barnardo’s, Strathclyde Police & GCC SWS).