The Student Sex Work Project (TSWPP)
The Student Sex Work Project is a 3 year project funded by the Big Lottery. The project began in June 2012 but was officially launched in September 2012. The overarching aim of the project is to develop and deliver an integrated sexual health service for all students in Wales. A further aim of the Student Sex Work Project is to promote learning and understanding about student sex worker needs and associated issues, and to provide an innovative sexual health service to a marginalised population through an ethical, empowering research led framework.
The project came about because of the following issues:
- A lack of research in relation to student sex work in the UK.
- The lack of policy acknowledgement in Wales that young people may be involved in sex work.
- Student sex workers, as young people, should be entitled to receive sexual health advice within a safe and non judgmental setting.
- The need to provide an innovative service that reaches out to a specific population.
- The need to begin to dialogue about student sex work in Wales.
The project is led by Swansea University in partnership with Terrence Higgins Trust, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board- Integrated Sexual Health Service, the National Union of Students Wales and Newport Film School.
There are a number of ways students and University staff can get involved in this project:
- The project website contains information which is useful to all students about sexual health and sexual health services - www.thestudentsexworkproject.co.uk
- Students studying at a HEIs across Wales who are working or have worked in adult entertainment or sex work can join the project as members. They will have access to a one-2-one netreach service with project volunteers and members of project staff, access to a chat forum where members can post questions to each other and have access to a pilot Sexual Health clinic in Cardiff.
- The project is also researching the attitudes/experiences of all students in Wales to sex work and adult entertainment. Students can access the questionnaire through the project web site www.thestudentsexworkproject.co.uk
- The project is founded on the principles of Participatory Action Research and as such members who join the project will be given the opportunity to work with us as peer researchers.
- We will also carry out interviews with Students Unions, Student Support Service and Well Being Services across Wales to provide an understanding of policy responses to and understandings of sex work.
- The project can be followed on Twitter and Facebook and anyone requiring more information can email the project at: