Responding to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham
- The focus of our work
- Working in partnership (You are here)
- How have help and support services improved
- Help for survivors and victims of child sexual exploitation
- Convictions for child sexual exploitation
Working in partnership
The Council’s children’s services have been bolstered. An entirely new senior leadership team is in place and the frontline has been strengthened – more social workers have been recruited and caseloads have been reduced to manageable levels.
Our response to child sexual exploitation is being delivered by many multi-agency teams and initiatives. All of these teams have either been newly-launched or strengthened. These include:
Evolve – the multi-agency specialist team tackling child sexual exploitation
This team respond to and safeguard children who are or likely to suffer harm through child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. They aim to provide ‘wrap around’ support and protection to children and their family, with a team of people from a variety of support agencies. This includes social workers, a child sexual exploitation specialist nurse, a Barnardo’s social worker, a children’s social care operational manager, business support staff and police officers.
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
The strengthened Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) provides a central point of contact for people to share safeguarding concerns. Staff from children’s services, police and health work together as part of the team. This has led to better information sharing between agencies - essential to help protect vulnerable children and young people.
Barnardo’s ReachOut Service
This service supports children and young people in Rotherham who have been, or who are, at risk of being sexually exploited. The team engage with children, young people and families to raise awareness of spotting signs of sexual exploitation. They will also work with community groups, schools, colleges and health services.
The service is funded by £3.1m from the Council, the KPMG Foundation, the Department for Education, the Communities and Local Government Department and Barnardo’s.