A Bristol project set up by Barnardo’s to protect children from sexual exploitation has been given a funding boost by West Country home builders Redcliffe Homes.
The Bristol BASE – Barnardo’s Against Sexual Exploitation – project has been running since 1995 tirelessly working to help young people in distress in Bristol and surrounding area.
Redcliffe Homes, with its headquarters in Chipping Sodbury, which creates new homes and communities throughout the region, has donated £1,000 to support the running of the Bristol operation.
Adele Diviney, from Barnardo’s said: “We have 24 services projects in the UK working with children who have been sexually exploited.
“BASE has worked directly with 112 children over the past year, the sexual health nurse has had over 137 appointments, and we have provided preventative training for 82 professionals, and visitors mornings, which a further 35 professionals attended.
“We hope to educate professionals and young people to look out for the warning signs and who to alert if there is fear for a young person. It costs £36 per week to support a child at BASE and £2918 to support a child for a year. The BASE project is led by a children’s services manager and employs five project workers and two part time administrators.
“Having the support of organisations like Redcliffe Homes makes a real difference to us as there is still a great deal of work to be done in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.”
Lorraine Kendrick, Marketing and Sales Manager of Redcliffe Homes, said: “We create bespoke homes for families in small communities but we are well aware that some children do not have the family support they need and Barnardo’s provide that.
“It is fantastic to know that the money will be used locally to help young people within our own community who need help and support because of abuse through grooming, sexual exploitation and trafficking. These are not easy issues to tackle and there are rapidly growing numbers of referrals due to increased awareness.”