93.3% of females and 94.4% of males under 18 said that there would be barriers preventing them from disclosing abuse
The Phoenix Project is a confidential service to support children, young people and their families who are at risk of or affected by Childhood Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
The project supports children and young people aged 8 -17 to make positive choices about healthy relationships and personal safety. We also provide a package of support for parents and carers to help them understand childhood sexual exploitation and to safeguard the children and young people in their care.
Spurgeons has been running the project across Birmingham since 2013, with funding support from Comic Relief, the Big Lottery and the Esme Fairbairn Foundation.
Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse. It occurs where anyone under the age of 18 is persuaded, coerced or forced into sexual activity in exchange for money, drugs, alcohol, gifts, affection or status, among other things. Consent is irrelevant, even where a child may believe they are voluntarily engaging in sexual activity with the person who is exploiting them. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact and may occur online.
The warning signs of CSE can include:
Weekly support for young people - Phoenix provides weekly support sessions to young people who are vulnerable to CSE. This includes helping them understand:
Awareness sessions for practitioners - we also deliver awareness raising sessions for practitioners and young people in schools.
Advice and support for parents - we provide targeted work with parents and carers including:
Download Phoenix leaflet for young people
Download Phoenix leaflet for professionals
If you know someone who is affected by or at risk of CSE, please contact us at email@example.com or call 0121 773 6144. We accept referrals from organisations and individuals.
“[Phoenix] has provided an invaluable service…there would be an enormous gap without the Project.”
– Birmingham Safeguarding Family Support Team
"[The family support was] very useful…things was explained in detail and made me feel a lot better.”
"[Phoenix Project worker] showed me about relationships and patterns of behaviour and victimisation - it was like a profile of my situation. They’re helping me.”
– Young person