Information for professionals

The Matrix Project is committed to working in partnership with other organisations. We are very happy to joint work clients - supporting other agencies where we can. If you have a client that fits our criteria and would appreciate our input, please contact us.

The Matrix has an information sharing agreement which can be used with agencies to allow helpful exchange of information. We also ask consent from our clients to share their information if appropriate.

We love working with other organisations. If you have ideas for ways we can do this which we are not already doing - please let us know.

We also love sharing about The Matrix; what we do and how we do it. If you are interested in finding out more, please call 01603 883423 or email us info.matrix@nhs.net 

Partner Organisations

We like to work with other organisations when delivering our outreach service. If you are interested in joint working please contact Caroline Hill on 01603 883423 or email caroline.hill@nchc.nhs.uk

Research and academic collaboration

We welcome enquiries from academic institutions interested in developing research with us. The Matrix is a member of UKNSWP which has Good Practice Guidance freely available for further information.

Sex workers are an over-researched group and any research inquiry must support our work and add to a body of knowledge that improves services for our clients.

Before approaching us you should have a clear outline of your research intentions including:

  • The aims of the study
  • The researcher’s theoretical position
  • The proposed research design and methods
  • The ethical considerations to be taken into account and how these will be adhered to, including informed consent and confidentiality, and how the welfare of participants will be assured during the research
  • How users will be involved in the research
  • The use to which the research will be put, including how the findings from the research will be fed back to participants.

We also ask you to provide a current CV, which includes examples of previous work you have undertaken.

Research proposals should adhere to ethical practice and should have Research Ethics Committee approval from the university you are based in.  You will also need approval from the NHS Ethics Committee(s) before commencing the research.  If you are independent or not based in a university you still require NHS Research Ethics Committee approval.

It is your responsibility to obtain this.

Guidance on ethics procedures for health organisations can also be found in the Department of Health Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care

For further information on ethical practice, research with sex workers and background literature:

  • Campbell, R and M O'Neill (ed) Sex work now. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.
  • Pitcher, J., Campbell, R., Hubbard, P., O'Neill, M., and Scoular, J., (2008) 'Diverse community responses to controversial urban issues: the contribution of qualitative research to policy development' in Maginn, PJ, Thompson, S and Tonts, M (ed) Qualitative Urban Analysis: an international perspective. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Sanders, T (2006) 'Sexing up the subject: methodological nuances in the female sex industry'. Sexualities, 9(4): 471-490.
  • Sanders, T, M O'Neill and J Pitcher (2009) Prostitution: sex work, policy and politics. London: Sage.
  • Shaver, F M (2005) 'Sex work research: methodological and ethical challenges'. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20 (3): 296-319.
  • Social Research Association ethical guidelines
  • UKNSWP specialist sex work library has many useful references.

If you would like to make an enquiry please email the Matrix Project info.matrix@nhs.net

Volunteers

The Matrix has a number of volunteer positions. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Caroline Downes on 01603 883423 or email caroline.downes@nchc.nhs.uk

Students

We welcome enquiries from students interested to learn more about our work. However, we receive many requests for information and interviews for course work and dissertation projects and are unable to provide you with assistance unless we are given at least 4 weeks notice.

City Reach have regular student days which include the Matrix. We ask that you attend one of these days before further involvement with us. For more information and dates, please call City Reach reception on 01603 612481.

We are sometimes able to take student on placements if we have capacity to do so. To discuss this further please contact Caroline Downes on 01603 883423 or email caroline.downes@nchc.nhs.uk

Research Evidence

Sex work today: myths, morals & health | Professor Graham Scambler, Professor of Medical Sociology, UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health |Published Dec 2012

Sex Work & the London 2012 Olympics - How was it for you? | The Trafficking Research Project: Sept 14 2012 |Georgina Perry

Q and A London Olympics: the trafficking event that wasn't | Oct 2012 Trustlaw.

Systematic review examining differences in HIV, sexually infections and health-related harms between migrant and non-migrant female sex workers. Sex Transm Infect Published Online First:  Oct 30 2012 | L Platt,  P Grenfall, A Fletcher, A Sorhaindo, E Jolley, T Rhodes, C Bonnell. | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
 
Striptease Research & Dancer Resource: Health& Support Services Briefing | Dr Teela Sanders & Rosie Campbell | October 2012

Fears of an influx of sex workers to major sporting events are unfounded | BMJ 2012 345:e5845 Editorial Kathleen Deering, Kate Shannon 3 September 2012
 
Silence on Violence Improving the Safety of Women | The policing of off-street sex work and sex trafficking in London. | A report by Andrew Boff AM March 2012

The Invisible Men: finding and engaging with the male partners of street sex workers | Journal of Men's Health, Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 202-207, March 2011 | Susan Collinson, Reg Straub, Georgina Perry

What's the cost of a Rumour : A guide to sorting out the myths and the facts about sporting events and trafficking | Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) 2011

Independent sexual violence advisors: a successful outreach intervention in East London (Letter) | Sex Transm Infect 2012;88:1 70 Published Online First: 28 November 2011 | Sarah Longwill, Jacqui Vennard, Anya Charnaud, Elizabeth Harrison, Mark Yexley,  Kim Leverett,  Georgina Perry, Vanessa Apea,  Shelly Stoops, Greta Forster

Setting up a clinical psychology service for commercial sex workers | Sex Transm Infect doi:10.1136/sti.2008.034199, Clare Stevenson and Jenny Petrak

The feasibility of testing commercial sex workers for chlamydia and gonorrhoea on outreach | Sex Transm Infect doi:10.1136/sti.2008.034199 | Sarah Macauley, Open Doors, City and Hackney PCT, London, United Kingdom, Sarah Creighton

Sexually transmitted infections among UK street-based sex workers: Work done by the London: School of Tropical medicine about Eastern European women working indoors in UK | Sex Transm Infect 2008;84:32-33 doi:10.1136/sti.2007.026443, S Creighton, S Tariq, G Perry

Risk of sexually transmitted infections and violence among indoor-working female sex workers in London: the effect of migration from Eastern Europe. Sex Transm Infect 2011;87:377-384 doi:10.1136/sti.2011.049544  | Lucy Platt, Pippa Grenfell, Chris Bonell, Sarah Creighton, Kaye Wellings, John Parry, Tim Rhodes

Eastern European women selling sex in London: social networks, agency and risk | Pippa Grenfell, Lucy Platt, Joanna Busza, Tim Rhodes, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Referral forms

Meet the team, where we work

The Matrix Project team: 

Caroline Hill – Specialist Support Worker
Caroline.Hill@nchc.nhs.uk | 07717 432796 

Caroline leads on research,  outreach services for street sex workers, hostel drop in's, student placements and shadowing sessions. Outreach in the community in brothels, individuals homes and day centres. Caroline works with the MAST team engaging and supporting trafficked women in the county. 

Caroline Downes – Specialist Support Worker

Caroline leads on indoor sex workers in the county. 

Where we work:

Our office is shared with the City Reach team at:

Under 1 Roof, Westwick Street, Norwich NR2 4SZ

 The Matrix Project statement of purpose

The Matrix Project offers as responsive, accessible service to those working in the sex industry and those engaging in risky sexual behaviour. The team will co-work with clients and other agencies and through education increase awareness of the needs of this client group.

The service will apply a multi-disciplinary method of working utilising the principles of harm reduction to encourage sex workers and those engaging in risky sexual behaviour to make their own risk assessments and informed choices about their lifestyles.

Additionally the Matrix Project will provide access to many services in an outreach capacity, including health, and encourage clients to uptake care pathways as set out in the Models of Care. The aim is to improve quality of life amongst both the client group and those affected by their lifestyle choices.

‘While an individual might have highly complex and serious needs in a wide range of domains; suggesting the need for high intensity and complex treatment, a low level of motivation might initially require a low threshold of intervention. In this situation, the emphasis would be on engagement, and motivating the client with the aim of stabilisation to allow for further assessment and help in accessing more structured and/or intensive treatment’.