Funding for Rotherham charities to help victims of child sexual exploitation

Published Monday, 20th June 2016
The Town Hall in Rotherham
Rotherham Town Hall

Charities and voluntary organisations in Rotherham are to be given a slice of £322,496 to help victims of child sexual exploitation.

The three-year funding deal was announced last month by Rotherham Council to provide a package of extra support over the next three years for victims and their families suffering from long term post-abuse support.

The proposals were considered by the Council's Cabinet on 26 May.

Rotherham Rise and GROW have been awarded a contract to provide all-age practical, emotional support and advocacy for young people and adults as victims and survivors of CSE. They will provide support to their families as well.  This support will complement existing services for victims and survivors of CSE as part of the wider offer in Rotherham.

Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service and Rotherham Rise have been awarded a contract to provide all-age evidence based therapeutic interventions to both adults and young people as victims and survivors of CSE.  This support will complement existing services being provided to victims and survivors of CSE. 

And Swinton Lock has been awarded a contract for 12 months to enable current service users that have ongoing support needs to continue to receive that support through Swinton Lock without the need to transfer to another provider.

Joanna Jones, Operational Director at GROW said: "The funding will enable us to continue to support the victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation and their families. The Liberty Project will ensure support is available when victims and survivors need it which will aid their recovery."

Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service chairman Nick Arkle said: "We are delighted to receive this funding from Rotherham Council, which will help us to continue to deliver our service to the many people who need and value it so much.

"It is a vote of confidence in the kind of one-to-one support we provide which helps survivors of abuse rebuild their lives."

Leader of the Council, Cllr Chris Read said: "This marks the next step in meeting our commitment to survivors of child sexual exploitation, putting in place the long term funding that we promised. It is fundamental that survivors and victims of child sexual exploitation have the right support in place to be able to rebuild their shattered lives. That is why we have agreed this funding to help build and maintain the excellent existing services we have here in Rotherham."

See details of 26 May Cabinet meeting