About this service

BeFree Positive Relationships Service is for 10–18 year old females, including transgender individuals, living in Kent, who are at risk of experiencing unhealthy or abusive relationships.

We offer one-to-one sessions that explore self-esteem, healthy/unhealthy relationships, sexual health & consent (age appropriate), child sexual exploitation and keeping safe. We also offer group work programmes.

We aim to:
> Deliver a non-stigmatising relationship & sex education
> Build emotional health & resilience
> Empower young people to make informed choices about emotional & physical relationships

Sessions can take place in the community or in schools and can be held face-to-face or virtually via Google Meet/Skype or telephone, depending on circumstances and need. Please note, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot currently meet with young people face-to-face.

Parents/carers can opt in for a session on the content covered in the programme, to help them support their young person.

Anyone can refer to BeFree, including parents, professionals and the young person themselves. Risk factors for young people to access the service include:
> Experiences of/witnessing domestic abuse
> Forming inappropriate/abusive relationships
> Conceiving under the age of 18
> Early sexual activity
> Maintaining sexual health

Referral process:
> We respond to referrals within 48 hours.
> If the referral is accepted, the work commences within 6 weeks.
> The young person is required to consent to receiving the service and our GDPR Policy will be followed.
> For young people under the age of 16, parental agreement is sought.

We offer a confidential service. However, where there are safeguarding concerns, these are shared with the relevant agencies and our safeguarding procedures are followed. Young people are advised of our safeguarding responsibilities at the onset of the work.