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Welcome to the BLAST Project website!

The BLAST Project is recruiting! We have a vacancy for a Development Worker.

Please click here for more details and link to application pack.

To tell us about people you think are grooming you, your friends, or other boys and young men online or in the real world click on the 'REPORT IT NOW' button on the right.

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Please click on the image below to view our two minute video 'My New Friend' which highlights the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men. Please share this as much as possible to help us raise awareness. 

 

My New Friend

 

What makes us the UK's leading male only sexual exploitation project?

 

2001
York St Johns College commissioned to carry out research regarding sexually exploited boys and young men in Bradford.

Since 2002 we have provided thousands of boys and young men with support and information on male grooming and sexual exploitation. 

 

2002
Findings from the research were published.

 

2003
The BLAST Project was established and supported boys and young men in Bradford.

 

2006
The BLAST Project extends to Leeds.

 

2010
The BLAST Project arranges the first ever West Yorkshire CSE Conference.

 

2011
The BLAST Project extends nationally.

The West Yorkshire CSE Conference becomes the Yorkshire CSE Conference.

The BLAST Project launches the online drop-in which offers information and support regarding grooming and sexual exploitation to boys and young men across the country.

 

2012
The specialist work of the BLAST Project is acknowledged in the Department for Education's Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation Action Plan Progress Report (2012) on pages 3, 6 and 9. 

 

2013
The BLAST Project launches their national helpline for boys and young men.

The BLAST Project launches the 'THINK AGAIN' DVD and resource pack which contains three short films and various activities which highlight the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men. The resource is sold to professionals nationally.

The BLAST Project launches the 'Excellence for Boys' project which sees two full time national development workers working with existing CSE organisations to ensure their services are accessible to, and inclusive of boys and young men. 

 

2014
The BLAST project launched the BASE2 campaign - Boys Are Sexually Exploited Too - which included

  • Five posters aimed at boys and young men with details on how to access information, get support and report concerns
  • A guide for professionals 
  • A pocket sized booklet for boys and young men providing information on sexual exploitation
  • A 2 minute video entitled 'My New Friend' highlighting the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men
  • A 30 minute video entitled 'Same Risk, Different Gender' aimed at professionals encouraging them to make judgements based on risk indicators, not gender

 

To date there is no other CSE project in the country that supports only boys and young men.  

 

The BLAST Project has provides support and information to thousands of boys and young men across the country, and the specialist work of the project often attracts local and national media attention. 

 

The BLAST Project is regularly invited to represent boys and young men at local and national conferences, forums and subgroups, including being invited to feed into policy development with the Department for Education. 

 

Please contact us to find out more.