Who we are
Street Teams is based in Walsall in the West Midlands and is the only local organisation in Walsall specialising in working with children and young people abused through sexual exploitation.
When Street Teams was first established in 1994, it began as an outreach project of Walsall Community Church supporting women and young people suffering abuse through prostitution. Through this work, it emerged that many women had been coerced into the sex industry as children and as a consequence, Street Teams began to concentrate its activities on supporting children and young people at risk of, and affected by sexual exploitation.
Street Teams operates Keep Safe, a multi-faceted prevention programme involving community outreach work, workshops and alternative learning schemes, education and training programmes with schools, education and health professionals, and specialist work with gangs, boys, and other young people deemed at high risk.
Street Teams is part of a network of specialist national and regional agencies tackling the sexual exploitation of children in the UK. Street Teams works alongside the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People, as well as being a member of local and regional strategic CSE, missing and trafficking groups. Our work is underpinned by the Principles for Effective Practice set out in the regional See Me Hear Me Framework.