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Esteem: Empowering vulnerable children to flourish

We will improve the wellbeing & sexual health outcomes of 2,646 young people in Southwark through our Esteem programme. 75%+ of the youth we work with are of BAME heritage & experience a range of vulnerabilities. Our aim is to increase their confidence so they can make wise relationship choices.


Registered Charity in England and Wales (299293)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom

  • “Esteem has provided a non-judgmental and safe environment to have these conversations. It was easier to speak to them than anyone else as the topics were quite sensitive. I was able to open up more and be more mature about the topics. The educators completely get how we talk!”

    — Year 10 student

  • "I didn’t respect sex before but now that has changed. Because of these lessons I have denied a lot of boys who wanted to do inappropriate stuff with me. I have value for my body now."

    — Year 10 student

  • "Before these lessons I would have found it ok for the person I am with to send me naked pictures of themselves but now that has changed.”

    — Year 11 student

  • “I learnt that personal boundaries are very important, and they keep our mind and heart safe.”

    — Year 9 student


Deprivation & health inequalities in Southwark, where 40% children live in poverty, create barriers to young people experiencing positive relational & sexual health outcomes. Southwark has the 2nd highest HIV diagnoses in London & 3rd highest STI rate (LSL Strategy 2019-24). In our work with particularly vulnerable youth, children as young as 12 have been victims of child sexual exploitation. Often this is linked to online grooming & gang activity which have tragically soared in the lockdowns.


By delivering our acclaimed Esteem programme to 2050 pupils (11-18 yrs); increasing knowledge of: consent, sexting, media distortions (including porn), pregnancy & contraception, parenthood, STIs & HIV, & dramatically improving self-esteem & relationship skills. We will deliver our Girls' & Boys' Projects (Ofsted commended) in small groups of 8 to help prevent sexual exploitation of acutely vulnerable girls & boys. A new racial identity project will be co-produced & piloted with 596 students.