Rotherham welcomes funding to prevent youth crime and exploitation

Published Wednesday, 14th November 2018
Bullying
Teen girls

Rotherham Council and partners have been successful in supporting Government funding to help prevent serious youth crime and combat child criminal exploitation.

It was announced earlier this week that Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham have been awarded around £700,000 to establish a South Yorkshire-wide child criminal exploitation strategy and the creation of a child criminal exploitation hub at which young people at risk are identified and supported with appropriate interventions.

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham worked in partnership on the joint bid to support young people who may be targeted by criminal gangs and drawn into criminal activity.

There will be a child criminal exploitation education offer to schools where issues have been identified or where there is intelligence of organised crime groups working within the area. A team will be established to disrupt and prevent young people becoming involved in child criminal exploitation. The team will be deployed in high risk areas based upon police intelligence.

This comes on the back of work already started around making sure secondary schools in Rotherham are aware of the problems of knife crime and are supporting children concerned about it.

Rotherham Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Gordon Watson said: “This funding will enable the creation of a child criminal exploitation hub at which young people at risk of child criminal exploitation are identified and supported by local services including appropriate therapeutic support, helping to disrupt and prevent young people becoming involved in youth crimes.”

Chair of the Safer Rotherham Partnership Cllr Emma Hoddinott said: “This government funding is welcome to kick-start our sub-regional work for children at risk of child criminal exploitation. These are children that are being exploited by gangs, most often for drugs, and therefore making sure they have the support they need.”