Daphne Toolkit

HOPE - Helping Ourselves Prevent Exploitation

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HOPE - Helping Ourselves Prevent Exploitation


Aim & Context

The objectives of the HOPE project:

  • to reduce the vulnerability of women and children with intellectual disabilities
  • to develop peer led accessible learning programmes that promote an understanding of sexual exploitation through exploring good and bad relationships
  • to increase the knowledge and confidence of the beneficiaries to recognise, resist and report any sexual exploitation
  • to provide learning for professionals about sexual exploitation co-delivered by people with intellectual disabilities to improve local multi-disciplinary responses and co-operation
  • to disseminate the results and provide tried and tested resources for replication and roll out.



  1. Development of training resources for peer mentors with intellectual disabilities
  2. Recruitment and training of peer mentors to enable them to develop and deliver accessible awareness training
  3. Working with the peer mentors to develop a flexible “toolbox of resources” for the awareness training workshops, workbook and action plan framework to focus on keeping safe from sexual exploitation through exploring good and bad relationships
  4. The addition of information about the risks of social media and online activities when used for “grooming” by perpetrators
  5. Identifying schools, colleges and other settings to host the training workshops and subsequently support the young people to complete their individual workbooks.
  6. Supporting the peer mentors to deliver the first round of training workshops to young people with intellectual disabilities and ensuring that the learning has been reinforced by subsequently working through individual workbooks
  7. Reviewing the impact of the workshops/workbooks/action plans on the young people leading to a review and revision of the training resources
  8. Supporting the peer mentors to deliver a second round of training workshops to reinforce and reflect on the original learning
  9. Supporting the peer mentors to develop and deliver workshops for professionals from a range of backgrounds that aims to improve their knowledge and responses to sexual exploitation.
  10. Development of a promising practices guide and a final conference to share the project findings and lessons learnt.
  11. Dissemination activities that have resulted in considerable interest in the project and its impact



After successful implementation, the programme has produced:

  1. A toolkit of resources distributed and free to use, which will shortly be available online
  2. A cohort of peer mentors trained to deliver education on sexual exploitation for people with learning disabilities
  3. Over 500 young people and associated professionals trained in the risks and strategies for prevention and response to sexual exploitation
  4. An independent evaluation of the project with successes and areas for improvement highlighted
  5. Conference co-delivered with peer mentors and partners of the programme, which highlighted and showcased achievements of the project and disseminated resources created
  6. Promising Practices Guide collated with positive practice highlighted in this area across Europe



Professionals, participants and peer mentors who took part in the programme all reported high levels of engagement and understanding because of their participation. This was evidenced in the external evaluation commissioned and in the final conference presentations.

The project will have a lasting impact in the availability of resources, including training sessions, and a project workbook, which is freely available to download and adapt.

Professionals, participants and - most of all - peer mentors “own” the project and are strongly motivated to continue their HOPE-work after the end of the project.