Rotherham becomes a "Base" to tackle CSE

Published Thursday, 18th June 2015
Eastwood Village Base
The Leader of Rotherham Council with staff from the Base project on a previous visit

Clifton Learning Partnership’s premises at Eastwood Village Community Centre is now one of a number of "Base" locations in Rotherham.

Voluntary Action Rotherham, as lead member on behalf of the Children, Young People and Families Consortium, were informed in April that they had been successful in securing funding to increase access to and the capacity of services provided to survivors and victims of CSE through the "Base Project".

The Base locations are part of the voluntary and community sector’s response to help victims and survivors of CSE and their families across the Borough.

Clifton Learning Partnership’s Eastwood Village Base is acting as a community outreach facility to help raise awareness and help support victims, survivors and families, including those from the Roma community, raising awareness of the risks and signs of CSE through to helping survivors move forward with their lives.

They will be delivering CSE Community Awareness Raising sessions alongside Community Outreach services to the Roma communities in Eastwood, Ferham and Broom, to help community members recognise CSE and encourage them to report and seek support.

They will also be providing Family Support services to members of all Rotherham’s communities and help anyone taking part in the project to access other activities available in a bid to reduce any social isolation and rebuild their confidence.

A telephone support line operated by Safe at Last, can direct people to the services offered through Bases. The number for the support line (the Baseline) is 0800 335 7233.

Leader of Rotherham Council, Councillor Chris Read, visited the Clifton Learning Partnership’s project on Tuesday June 9 to see the work which has already started within the Eastwood community.

Cllr Read said of the project: "The Base Eastwood project is a great example of how dedicated members of staff from the Clifton Learning Partnership, all of whom have a wonderful proactive attitude and wide understanding of all the issues regarding CSE, can help tackle this blight at the root, stamping it out before it takes hold.

"They have already met with people who live locally to find out how many had been affected by CSE, what the barriers are to them reporting incidents and how the project could help them to face and tackle their issues. That information will help to shape the services that the council commissions in the future.

"Their Base project is a clear indication that all parts of our community are uniting to tackle the evil of child sexual exploitation, people from all backgrounds, and voluntary and community groups uniting with the council to help to keep our young people safe and supported."