Early Intervention Project - Sex Industry Support
Information for professionals
The Early Intervention Project (EIP) will be piloting a new part of the service between September 2015 and March 2016 that will offer 1-1 support for men and women in the sex industry in Portsmouth. The service will be client-led; non-judgemental; discreet and tailored to the needs of the individual service user.
Who will we work with?
The service is available to male and female clients who are 16+, residing in the Portsmouth area and currently working in any aspect of the sex industry. This can include (but is not necessarily exclusive to) prostitution; web-based work (such as webcams); escorting; lap-dancing and pornography.
What service can we provide?
The service is client-led so it will depend on what issues the client feel they need support with. The aim is to offer intensive, holistic support with a range of issues that will improve the client's health, safety and wellbeing. These can include:
Emotional Support: many clients working in the sex industry will have experienced some kind of cumulative trauma, not only from their current experiences but also possibly past experiences as well. Our service offers a sensitive, 'safe space' to discuss current feelings and past experiences as well as signposting on to specialist therapeutic services.
Safety planning: for many aspects of the sex industry, risk to the personal safety of the clients is an ongoing issue. EIP can discuss safety planning principles for both on and off street sex work devising a tailored safety plan to help a client manage their personal safety.
Exit strategies: as the service is client led, it is not essential for someone to want to exit sex work in order to engage with the service. However, if the client wants to explore a plan to exit the industry and enter education or employment, we can discuss this as part of the client's support plan.
Sexual Health: the service can give the client options around maintaining their sexual health giving advice on how to access services in Portsmouth and support in doing so such as accompanying to appointments.
Legal Advice: some clients may wish to know their options with regards to reporting any criminal offences to Police such as rape; sexual assault; harassment and threats. Advice can be given on how to access legal services such as the Police or solicitors and support can be given in appointments or court proceedings.
Substance Misuse: for clients with substance misuse issues, the service can offer advice and support on how to access appropriate services within the Portsmouth area and accompany to appointments if necessary.
Child sexual exploitation: no support will be offered to young people assessed as at risk of child sexual exploitation. This work is overseen by the Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (MET) sub group of the PSCB and a specific service, delivered by Barnardos has been commissioned to support these vulnerable young people. If at any point there is a concern that a young person referred to this service is at risk of CSE then a referral will be made to Barnardos.
How to refer:
The project will primarily operate within office hours Monday-Friday however we can be flexible and offer some evening and possibly weekend support.