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Commissioning services for women involved in prostitution: addressing women’s complex needs

Dates
7 December 2011
Venue
Committee Room 1, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA
Price
Free

This free seminar will look at how to develop services that effectively address the complex needs of many women involved in prostitution. The seminar is based on findings from Eaves' research with over 100 women exiting from prostitution, as well as the Stella Project's expertise on overlapping substance use, domestic and sexual violence and mental ill health.

How to book: email Pilar Espinoza at the GLA to reserve your place.

Seminar programme

9:00

Introduction from the GLA

9:10

Introduction to Eaves and AVA's Stella Project

9:20

London findings from Eaves' Prostitution Exiting: Engaging Through Research (PE:ER) project

  • Complex needs: homelessness, problem drug and alcohol use, mental and physical health needs, criminalisation, experiences of violence
  • Differences between indoor and street-based prostitution
  • What women say they want from services

9:50

Demand Change film (testimonies from women involved in prostitution about their experiences)

10:10

Film debrief discussion

10:30

Break

10:45

The wider evidence base: what else we know about women's complex needs and what they want from services

  • Research on multiple exclusion homelessness, Women's National Commission focus groups with women involved in prostitution
  • Overlapping issues of domestic violence, sexual violence, substance use, mental ill health, homelessness, criminalisation, in this client group

11:15

Case studies: different models of promising practice

11:30

Discussion: how can we address the needs of these women involved through developing and/or commissioning London's services?

  • What changes can be made within existing service provision?
  • What skills do staff need to work effectively with this group?
  • Who needs to be involved?
  • What outcomes should you monitor?

12:00

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