A project to enable young people to use photography and digital story telling to express the impact of sexual exploitation.
Main project partner:
National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People
Individual regional project partners:
Barnardos SECOS (Middlesbrough)
Blackburn Engage (Blackburn)
Walsall Street Teams (Walsall)
NSPCC Protect and Respect (London)
Participating young people explore themes that offer context to sexual exploitation including gender, power, relationships and sex. They represent their thoughts, responses and experiences through photography, text and music, creating their own digital stories.
- To enable young people to explore through photography and digital storytelling their experiences of, or perspectives on, the impact of sexual exploitation.
PhotoVoice has partnered with the National Working Group network for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People to run participatory photography projects across the UK. All projects have run in partnership with specialist support providers who work directly with young people, who have experienced sexual exploitation or who have been identified to be at risk. The young people have participated in a 3-month photography project exploring different themes that offer a context to sexual exploitation including gender, power and relationships. They have also developed their understanding of visual literacy, photography and storytelling techniques.
All the young people had the opportunity to complete a SEPE (Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness) BTEC certificate as part of each project. PhotoVoice and project participants worked with the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People to develop their digital stories into a resource pack for a diverse range of professionals to use in their support of young people in specialized as well as mainstream support services throughout the UK. This resource pack was piloted in mid-2013 with 500 hundred packs subsequently being distributed to schools, youth projects and a range of specialist support services in 2014. This resource is planned as a resource for service providers and professionals to deliver projects and services directly informed by the experiences and perspectives of young people. As a consequence the input from the participants will support many other young people across the UK to understand the issues and context of sexual exploitation and to safeguard themselves. An online resource and independent website with a gallery and resources was also developed to support young people, their families and professionals. It profiles the portfolio of work created by all the young people on the projects. Luke Haye’s Digital Story – Blackburn Jean Jieman’s Digital Story – Middlesbrough