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Who we are

The ‘It’s not okay’ website and campaign has been put together by Project Phoenix, a unique collaboration of public and third sector partners throughout Greater Manchester. We aspire to be national leaders in the approach we’re taking to protect young people and prosecute offenders.

Our aims are to:

  • Raise awareness of child sexual exploitation
  • Help people recognise the signs
  • Encourage people to report it
  • Provide support to victims and those most at risk

Child sexual exploitation is a priority for all local safeguarding children boards in Greater Manchester and the work being done by Project Phoenix is a key priority for Greater Manchester at the most senior level.

Under Phoenix, there are now teams in place dealing with child sexual exploitation in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester. Each team offers a joined-up, multi-agency response to dealing with the problem. Find out how to contact a local team.

Project Phoenix Partners


  • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Greater Manchester
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • British Transport Police
  • The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA)
  • Bolton Council
  • Bury Council
  • Manchester City Council
  • Oldham Council
  • Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Salford City Council
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Wigan Council
  • Greater Manchester Sexual Health Network
  • St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Greater Manchester Probation Trust
  • NHS England
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Residential Home Providers
  • Housing Providers
  • Other key commissioned services
  • Connexions
  • CEOP: Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Voluntary and charitable

  • Barnardo’s
  • Children’s Society
  • Crimestoppers
  • National Working Group
  • Prince’s Trust
  • Victim Support
  • Community & Faith Groups
  • Survivors Manchester


  • Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards in Greater Manchester
  • Project Phoenix Executive Board and Steering Group
  • Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership
  • Community Safety Partnerships


If you have any queries about this website or the campaign, please contact

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