In October 2015, Bright Futures were commissioned by Northumbria Police to work as part of Operation Sanctuary leading on the delivery of education and prevention work to young people across Tyne and Wear as well as supporting victims on a one to one basis. In this time, we have educated over 15,000 young people over the force area around a range of issues including healthy relationships, online safety, grooming, sexual exploitation, modern day slavery, trafficking and substance misuse.
We have supported victims throughout the Police and court process and will continue to support them beyond this by providing opportunities for them to move forward from their traumatic experiences and live safe and healthy lives now and in the future.
Operation Sanctuary has brought to the forefront the issue of sexual exploitation and the associated risks within our communities and we are proud to be part of the multi-agency teams addressing this. We know that this is an ongoing concern and our central aim at Bright Futures is to provide young people with the skills and knowledge to be able to recognise the signs of grooming and exploitation and where to go for help and support.
Bright Futures have produced a Mobile App for young people and their parents and carers which gives advice and support around a range of issues it can be downloaded: