Started by Donnington Doorstep in June 2011, the Step Out Project works with young people who are being, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited. Our project aims to enable young people at risk to make informed choices; to be able to have appropriate, healthy and safe relationships, as well as awareness raising. We work with the Kingfisher team, the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub), police, schools and Social Services in order to co-ordinate our work.
Awareness of child sexual exploitation has increased in Oxford following the publicity surrounding the Bullfinch trial in 2013. Many Oxford residents have been appalled to discover the prevalence of this shocking issue on our streets. The STEP OUT project was already working to protect young people, and continues to do so in partnership with professionals across the city. If you would like to be part of funding this vital work, please get in touch.