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Child sex abuse in Rotherham – Barnardo’s receives £3.1m

Barnardo’s children’s charity has received £3.1m in order to help tackle child sex abuse in Rotheram. According to the Guardian online, the three year project is to be funded by the government, Rotheram Council, and independent backers. 15 specialists will provide support to victims – other professionals will be trained in recognising the early signs of sexual exploitation, and in how to recognise behaviour associated with sexual exploitation.

The news of this funding comes after the ‘Jay report’ (2014) revealed that between 1997 and 2013, 1,400 children had been sexually exploited in the Rotheram area. The report was commissioned following the convictions of five men guilty of having groomed teenage girls for sex in 2010. The report found that the incidents were the result of ‘blatant’ failures by the police, the care system, and local politicians.

Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, said:

“We are intent on tackling this horrendous crime and supporting victims as they try to rebuild their shattered lives.”

He added:

“We must all be alert to spotting the signs that sexual exploitation may be taking place. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect those children who are most vulnerable from ruthless predators.”

Greg Clark, Communities and Local Government Secretary, said:

“Victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham have been appallingly let down in the past. These new services, run by Barnardo’s, will help victims rebuild their lives and ensure they are supported as they seek justice through the courts against the perpetrators.”

Chris Read, Leader of Rotherham Borough Council, said of the new project:

“We know from Professor Jay’s findings and from what victims and survivors have told us that projects like this can make a real difference, reaching out to young people who might be at risk, building trust and supporting those who may become victims.”

The National Crime Agency has begun a major investigation into allegations of child sexual exploitation in Rotheram. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is currently investigating how South Yorkshire police officers dealt with cases in the town.

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

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Source: The Guardian

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