About Safer Lives
Safer Lives was established in 2014 by West Yorkshire Probation Officers who are experienced and specialist in working with harmful sexual behaviours.
Our core service is the Safer Lives Programme that supports people during Police investigation.
Our aims are:
> To assist our clients to achieve and maintain safe sexual behaviours
> To promote positive emotional well-being for our clients and safeguard them from suicide and stigma
> To support safety for children, and resilience in family members and family networks.
We work with clients who are under investigation for online or technologically-assisted sexual offences, including offences involving indecent images and sexual communication with minors, and also behaviours that include voyeurism and revenge pornography. We are an independent agency and do not receive funds from central government, the Police or from charitable trusts. The only exceptions are when we deliver training or consultancy, when we are commissioned by local authorities to undertake interventions work with families, usually following assessment and recommendation by an independent forensic psychologist, and when we are looking to develop our non-offending partner and family work. We are otherwise funded by our clients but we maintain the highest ethical and practice standards.
We are often asked by Police investigating officers to supply programmes of work as conditions of Conditional Cautions. In these cases the work is paid for by the person receiving the Conditional Caution but we report back to the Police when the work has been satisfactorily completed.
To read a Yorkshire Evening Post article about why we do this important work and about our ethos and culture, please click here.