The Children's Society: The Stride Project
The stride Project provides intensive one-to-one support for boys and young men who are at risk of, or are being internally trafficked, for the purposes of criminal exploitation. They also may have experience CSE and other forms of abuse as part of their trafficking, or have been reported missing. Group work and professionals awareness raising sessions are also offered.
Stride practitioners work “with” young people in a way that centres on their needs, hops, and wishes. Practitioners meet in a safe place with young people to co-create a plan of work that aims to reach goals identified by the young person. One to one sessions explore issues such as identity and safety, gender, emotions, family, personal safety, healthy and unhealthy relationships, self- esteem, consent, grooming and exploitation, power and control, gangs and involvement in offending.
A Stride practitioner’s role and relationship throughout this work can vary from delivering socio-education, being a strong advocate for the young person, to also challenging unhealthy assumptions and beliefs within the support network, and at times with the young person themselves.