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What is the charity’s aim?
The Safer Living Foundation runs projects aimed at preventing first-time and repeat sexual offending, reducing the number of victims of sexual crime and lessening the impact of sexual offences. It was founded in 2014 as the result of an innovative partnership between HMP Whatton and academics from Nottingham Trent University.
What does it do?
A primary prevention service, the Aurora Project, offers therapeutic support to non-offending individuals distressed by their sexual thoughts and interests. It aims to prevent harm, contact and escalation of harmful sexual behaviour. The SLF also runs support programmes called Circles of Support and Accountability. Trained volunteers provide emotional, social and practical support to an individual who has sexually offended with the aim of reducing risk factors associated with reoffending. None of the 52 individuals who have taken part in CoSA have sexually reoffended.
What has it achieved in the last year?
The SLF has set up two pioneering new projects in the past year. The Apollo Project offers young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour therapeutically informed coaching from a team of trained volunteers. It has had 19 referrals and work has begun to support clients on individual and group bases. The Corbett Centre for Prisoner Reintegration opened in February 2019. The first of its kind in the UK, it is a safe space where people who have been in prison for sexual offences can access support services such as housing and employment advice and life-skills practice.