Sex Work Case Manager
Together with Bournemouth Borough Council, the PCC together has commissioned a Sex Work Case Manager to work in the area to help improve the quality of life for everyone affected by prostitution.
The percentage of women involved in prostitution who have been the victim of one or more crimes is 73% and 70% have been convicted of an offence not related to sex work, such as drink/drug or theft related offences. This makes those involved in prostitution particularly vulnerable and therefore, a service that can help them exit the trade is advantageous to anyone who can access it.
Bournemouth Borough Council provides a multi-agency response that can provide a service tailored to the needs of each individual. This is done through safeguarding the physical and mental health and well-being of individuals who are involved in prostitution and by providing support to individuals, enabling them to access the services they need to overcome barriers, to achieve a sustainable exit from prostitution. In the majority of cases, the involvement of more than one agency is required to ensure long-term support.
The post-holder manages the delivery of the multi-agency “People Involved in Prostitution Strategy 2014 – 2019”, which was authored by the current Sex Work Case Manager. Their work also includes supporting on-street sex workers, particularly in the Bournemouth area, to reduce the risky behaviours and help them sustain crime free and healthy lives.