Safe Houses

Providing safe accommodation for victims of human trafficking

Once victims receive a positive reasonable grounds decision they can be offered supported housing at one of our 10 safe house across England.

Our safe houses currently provide accommodation for 137 residents. We have supported victims of human trafficking and modern slavery for 16 years. We have been a specialist partner with the government’s Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract since its commencement in 2011, providing a safe haven for those fleeing exploitation. In each house, our trained staff help rebuild lives: assisting with asylum claims, organising medical treatment, reconnecting victims with their loved ones, supporting clients to develop new skills and moving on into employment and independent living.

In January 2021, as part of our strategy to enhance our property portfolio, we purchased a new house in the diocese of Portsmouth – the location of Medaille Trust’s first safe house in 2006. The new facility forms part of a larger, more holistic, service in the area, encompassing the original safe house plus a brand-new outreach project. The project helps female victims move on from safe-house accommodation and successfully integrate into the community through the provision of more extensive support.
 

Improving well-being and self-confidence

Our safe houses provide a range of opportunities to promote wellbeing and self-confidence among our clients.

These range from Wellbeing Wednesdays with Yoga and Cooking & Nutrition classes, confidence-building workshops, therapeutic gardening projects, celebration of Black History Month and opportunities to volunteer.

Our safe houses also organise day trips to places such as the seaside, pick-your-own farms and zoos. We also create gardening spaces for residents to relax and reflect in.