Safe Harbour Program Highlights

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The Safe Harbour: NY program supports counties in developing their capacity to identify youth who have been trafficked, sexually exploited, or are at risk of victimization and to meet identified service needs of these youth. This work is grounded in and guided by the OCFS Blueprint.

The following highlights reflect some of the extensive work accomplished by Safe Harbour: NY partner counties. To view highlights from a local Safe Harbour: NY program, select a county from the dropdown or click on the map. Counties shaded purple are currently funded. To connect with a local point of contact, email or contact your OCFS regional office.

Niagara County


Child Advocacy Center of Niagara

Phone: 716-285-0045

Highlights from Program Plan

Form a Critical Team

The department of social services appointed a Safe Harbour Liaison within the child advocacy center (CAC) to reinforce the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) response.

Critical Team of key community partners meets quarterly to identify and address system gaps and the immediate needs of the population.

In partnership with a research team an extensive needs assessment was conducted to guide local programming.

Develop County Training Plan

Awareness and skill building trainings delivered to Niagara County DSS workers as well as community based providers.

Topic of human trafficking incorporated into CAC’s annual conference to raise awareness and provide training.

Conduct Public Awareness Campaigns

Developed billboards and radio messages to raise awareness throughout the county.

Created a 30-second public service announcement for cable television with 395 placements.

Created digital ads on social media sites resulting in 710,000 impressions.

Youth Outreach

Youth input was collected to develop outreach materials targeted to youth.

Conducted focus groups with youth to further target education, prevention, and service delivery messaging.

Distributed “SafePacks” to at-risk youth which contain toiletries, healthy snacks, a blanket, a journal, resource information, and stress management activities.

Develop Referral Pathways

Created a referral process, flowchart, and referral form to streamline service provision and processes implemented to coordinate with CAC cases and services.

Outreach Materials

Young figure on heavy shadow. Caption: He promised me a place to stay, but I didn't know what it would cost me
Trafficking Awareness Transit Card