The Howard League for Penal Reform Award

byViktoria // Nov 30 2018

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Kate Lewis SWOP Award Howard League

On 14th November Katie Lewis recieved a commendation for our SWOP Programme in London at The Howard League forr Penal Reform Commnutiy Awards. 


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Sex Worker Outreach Project

The Nelson Trust

Our SWOP model is based on targeted welfare addressing issues of complexity and entanglement.  We deliver targeted, assertive casework to sex working women, and our approach to addressing women’s disadvantage is a way forward for our women.  In a National context, Dr Susie Balderstone conducted research into our targeted intervention for sex working women in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.  Comparators were taken form services across the country and she developed a full understanding of the qualitative evidence that puts The Nelson Trust SWOP firmly at the pioneering forefront of successful delivery of this alternative policy approach.   Dr Susie Balderstone, having evaluated our project, developed a clear descriptor of our theory of change, which has 3 key components:

  • On-street outreach at night and trauma-informed, non-judgmental casework can engage women and girls at most risk and reduce harm.
  • Improving the understanding and multi-agency provision can best tackle sexual exploitation, mental, physical and sexual health, substance use and homelessness, towards exit from sex-work.
  • Gender-specific work and training in the Women’s Centre’s creates pro-social contact between excluded groups and improves crime prevention.

Findings of the 2018 Lancaster /Lankelly Chase research showed significant impact of SWOP on the following factors:

  • Prevention
  • Health improvement
  • Increased Prosecution for those profiting from sex working and carrying out violent sexual crime
  • Crime reduction
  • Recovering from harms experienced by sex working women.