Rotherham Standing Together Against Child Sexual Exploitation

Recently, Cllr Emma Hoddinott spoke alongside representatives of Rotherham’s business, voluntary and faith communities to launch a new campaign: Rotherham Standing Together Against Child Sexual Exploitation.

Whilst we as councillors are obviously concerned and working to try to improve Rotherham’s Children’s Services in the wake of the Jay Report, we know that it will take all of our community to ensure that we keep Rotherham’s children safe and prevent the mistakes of the past from happening again.

Rotherham Standing Together is a non-partisan community campaign that aims to engage organisations and individuals from right across Rotherham. It asks people to:

  1. Make a public commitment to stand against Child Sexual Exploitation
  2. To make available basic information and awareness raising materials available about child sexual exploitation
  3. To train staff and volunteers so that they can also ‘spot the signs’ and report their concerns

So far more than seventy organisations have signed up, including the bus companies First and Stagecoach, Rotherham United Football Club, and a number of town centre businesses. We want our part of the borough to be involved too, so we would urge as many local residents, businesses and groups as possible to sign up and play their part. We all have a role to play.

You can add your name now by going to rotherhamstandingtogether.org.uk. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be sent more information, including a sticker to display to spread the word.

Separately, the council has also now set up a 24-hour hotline in conjunction with the NSPCC as a single point of contact for people who have been victims of sexual exploitation in the past, or who may be being exploited now. You can make contact at any time by calling 0800 7319256 or emailing rotherhamcsesupport@NSPCC.org.uk.

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