Covid-19 Update. 23/06/2020. From 1st July we are resuming face-to-face consultations and client appointments in our Leeds and Manchester centres. Clients will be informed of our covid prevention measures prior to attending. We will continue to offer video call facilities. We have had unprecedented demand during Lockdown but have continued to offer consultations within seven days of contact, and we continue to operate with no waiting lists for the commencement of the Safer Lives Programme. We can usually conduct free family consultations within a fortnight of a request (for existing Safer Lives Programme clients). We will soon be making announcements on new family services. Please email us for more information. 

INITIAL CONSULTATION & SAFER LIVES PROGRAMME

Safer Lives was established in 2014 - we are experienced, compassionate ex-probation officers, and specialists in addressing men's harmful sexual behaviours. We are now leading specialists in working with men who are under investigation for accessing indecent images of children or extreme pornography, online grooming, sexual communication with children, arranging to meet with minors, voyeurism and up-skirting. We pride ourselves in being non-judgemental, and in tailoring our support to the individual needs of our clients. We believe that by supporting men collaboratively to understand their behaviour, the investigation process, the justice system that is potentially ahead (and any Children's Social Care involvement where this is relevant), then we gain better outcomes for clients and their families, as well as achieving better safeguarding of children and other vulnerable people.

 

If you have recently been placed under investigation you are likely to be feeling afraid and in shock. Our support begins with an initial consultation to understand your current situation, to offer initial support regarding your welfare and the investigation process, and to offer our opinion on how serious your situation is. We will normally offer you entry to the Safer Lives Programme.

HOW THE SAFER LIVES PROGRAMME WORKS

Face-to-Face, Video and Phone Support - for people under investigation for sexual offences, and their families.

The Safer Lives Programme is five sessions, of one hour each - delivered currently through secure video calls or by face-to-face meetings at our Leeds and Manchester offices. The standard Safer Lives Programme sessions include:

 

  • Understanding your childhood and formative experiences, including any adversities

  • Understanding the influence that your transition to adulthood, your sexual and relationship history and your other life events have on your behaviours

  • Understanding the needs, triggers and risks that have led to your offending

  • Understanding sentencing and the criminal justice system

  • Moving forwards, and creating a safer future for you, your family and others.

 

There are variations to the standard programme for people under 18 (Young Person's Pathway), for people aged 18-25 (Transitions Pathway) and for people who have previous convictions or particularly complex needs (Extended Pathway - eight sessions). All programmes are adapted to individual needs whilst maintaining a core philosophy and structure that keeps to current understanding of best practice in client care and 'risk-need-responsivity' principles.

A majority of our clients complete the Safer Lives Programme in the early stages of their investigations, leaving time for us to advise about the sequencing of other services, if useful - for example relapse prevention work through Safer Lives, or signposting to other services such as counselling, addiction interventions or specialist psychological services. Clients on the Safer Lives Programme will be offered a free consultation for a partner or family member(s).

Completion of the Safer Lives Programme results in a letter for the court. This can be personalised to show what you have learned, what you have changed, and what you are still changing, so to prevent the behaviour occurring again.

 

To receive an information sheet about our services and fees, email us at info@saferlives.com 

 

If you want to know more about our ethos and culture please read about us in this Yorkshire Evening Post article.

 

To read a newspaper article about our clients' experiences of being  under investigation, please click here. (Please note this will open  new window/ page)

 

To receive an information sheet about our services and fees, email us at info@saferlives.com 

 

Or call us for a chat about your situation on 0800 043 5987.

 

If we don't answer immediately, please leave a simple message on our voicemail and we will call you back as soon as we can.

 

Or leave a text on 0747 668 3012.

​For more information about Safer Lives and our experience, click here. Alternatively, email us at info@Saferlives.com for an information sheet including our fees.