ENCOMPASS SNAPSHOT 2023
In October 2023 five Encompass Network organisations supported 53 women who have been involved in selling or exchanging sex or images. This briefing presents the women's feedback.
THE COST OF LIVING CRISIS
This briefing discusses links between poverty and selling sex, how this can increase women's vulnerability to involvement and how it impacts on women already involved. What is needed to support women during the cost of living crisis?
Capturing the challenges and opportunities, gathered over the past 10 years, working with women involved in selling or exchanging sex and finding out their experiences, their needs and their opinions.
Highlighting the different risks women may face while selling/exchanging sexual activity, and looking at safety tips and strategies women might already use, and some they might not. Polish and Romanian translations are available in the RESOURCES section.
EXITING PROSTITUTION: WHAT NEXT?
Exploring and demonstrating the need for immediate systematic action to support women who want to leave (exit) prostitution.
OUTSIDE: MOVING ON FROM THE SEX INDUSTRY
The real voices and experiences of women who have been involved with and are now exited from the sex industry in Scotland.
Encompass is a Scottish network of agencies working with people at risk of becoming involved in, who are currently involved in, or who have exited selling or exchanging sexual activity / commercial sexual exploitation (CSE).
We know that many lives have been turned upside down with Covid 19.
Women have told us that they are finding isolation and distancing with Lockdown hard and are worried about where money is going to come from, how they can get food, pay for bills and how to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy and safe. They are also worried about what the future holds as Scotland moves out of lockdown ad into the next phases.
The Encompass Services are all open, available and running for you. We have had to make some changes due to covid 19 so all support is over the phone for now however, this may change as lockdown is eased for some groups.
We are here to support you to find information, to guide you through linking with other services, to help you to access emergency funds and to provide longer term support if this is something you are looking for, at a pace that is comfortable for you.
The Encompass Network services have been allocated a small amount of funding through the Scottish Government Immediate priorities Fund 2020 – 2021 to support women
If you are in really tough financial situations – please get in touch with one of the services listed in WHO WE ARE or WHAT WE DO sections in the menu above.
We can also now complete application forms alongside you for things like access to smart phones, food and emergencies via the Victim Fund run through Victim Support Scotland - you can find our mor information on that fund HERE.
We are there for you whenever you want to get in touch.
The core membership of Encompass network is open to all those Scottish organisations who;
The safety and well-being of those involved in the sex industry is of prime concern to all Encompass agencies. We acknowledge the value and importance in engaging with the differing approaches in operation in Scotland and key stakeholders.
In order to disseminate and share the learning, Encompass makes information, training and resources available to a wider grouping of agencies eg. homelessness, addictions, mental health, adult support and protection, charities and voluntary sector agencies.
Check out our Inside Outside project – giving voice to those involved in Scotland's sex industry. Running for 6 months from August 2016 – April 2017, we hope their words and photos will be viewed by a wider audience across the country.