Caritas Bakhita House will become an essential part of the initiative. It will be a ‘triage’ centre for the emergency placement of women escaping human trafficking and its function will be to support the beginnings of the restorative process.
Owned by the Archdiocese of Westminster and managed by Caritas Westminster, Bakhita House will become an essential part of the Bakhita Initiative.
It will be a ‘triage’ centre for the emergency placement of women escaping human trafficking and its function will be to support the beginnings of the restorative process.
The local Catholic Parish is already committed to supporting its work. This facility will provide assistance to the most vulnerable and traumatised individuals who have experienced human trafficking, particularly those who fall outside the existing structures of support.
It will have a pan-London role and will also be a national resource, since it will take victim referrals from anywhere in the UK on the basis of need.
Caritas Bakhita House will provide accommodation for up to fourteen women guests over the age of seventeen.
It will provide care and rehabilitation for guests and for others who have been trafficked but are not resident at Bakhita House through:
Education and employment will increasingly be provided by St Mary’s University through foundation/degree courses and employment within the university.
Caritas Bakhita House will have the following values and principles of action:
There will be a strong team approach to the development and management of the services provided at Caritas Bakhita House.
Caritas Bakhita House staff will aim to:
The establishment and future development of services provided by the House Team will emerge as the project takes shape over the coming 12 months.
Caritas Bakhita House shall follow all the Safeguarding guidelines and policies of the Archdiocese of Westminster.
There are four main elements to the Bakhita Initiative:
Caritas Bakhita House