Stagecoach signs the pledge

Published Tuesday, 16th December 2014
Rotherham Standing Together - Sign the Pledge
(From left) Andy Bowker, Patrick Beighton, Cllr Maggie Godfrey, Paul Thawley, and Dave Connor

Stagecoach Yorkshire has become the latest organisation to pledge its support to keeping Rotherham’s children safe.

Businesses, voluntary groups and public bodies are making a commitment to the Rotherham Standing Together Against Child Sexual Exploitation campaign, which was officially launched in November.

Patrick Beighton, Operations Manager at Stagecoach’s Rawmarsh depot, said: “We’re proud to be supporting the Rotherham Standing Together Against Child Sexual Exploitation campaign and joining forces with other organisations across the borough to demonstrate the strength of the town and our determination to keep Rotherham’s children safe.

“We take our role at the heart of the community very seriously. We’re committed to raising awareness and understanding of child sexual exploitation, making a stand against it and doing the very best for our young people.”

Joining the campaign is simple. To send a message that Rotherham stands united against child sexual exploitation, and find out more about the crimes and how to prevent them, just go to the campaign website and sign up. You will then be sent further details of how your organisation can become involved.

By joining the campaign, you will:

  • Take a stand against child sexual exploitation in Rotherham
  • Show your public support for the pledge by displaying the pledge sticker, including details of how anyone can report concerns
  • Make sure your staff or volunteers understand how child sexual exploitation can happen - and know how to report

Cllr Maggie Godfrey, Cabinet member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods, said: “Part of my remit includes transportation and I’m therefore pleased to see a company like Stagecoach Yorkshire join other organisations within the town in taking a stand against child sexual exploitation. Stagecoach has made a commitment to raise awareness of the signs of child sexual exploitation amongst its staff, and to display the pledge stickers within all of its buses. This sends a strong message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated in our town.”

Anyone who is concerned about a child or young person should contact Rotherham’s Children’s Services team on 01709 336080. To report suspicious or potentially criminal behaviour people should contact the police by dialling 101 (999 in an emergency).

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