High Sheriff to visit support centres helping child abuse victims in Rotherham

High Sheriff John Holt
High Sheriff John Holt

South Yorkshire’s High Sheriff, John Holt, is to visit two of Rotherham’s support centres helping victims of child sexual exploitation.

He will meet some of the partners involved in the support centres at Swinton Lock and the Clifton Learning Partnership, which were set up by the voluntary and community sector following the revelation last year that 1,400 children in Rotherham had been groomed by men of largely Pakistani heritage over 16 years while authorities, including South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council, turned a blind eye.

Mr Holt said: “The project is a great example of the local community coming together to help the most vulnerable.

“This positive action by local voluntary organisations to support victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation helps to break down barriers, promotes the various support networks available and above all, aims to protect and keep our young people safe.”

The Clifton Learning Partnership centre has delivered child sexual exploitation community awareness raising sessions to the Roma communities in Eastwood, Ferham and Broom to encourage people to report and seek support.

Partners involved in the centres include Barnardo’s, GROW Rotherham Rise, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, YWCA Fleming Gardens, Activate in Rawmarsh, Kimberworth Park Community Partnership, YMCA MyPlace and SAFE@LAST.

A support line - 0800 335 7233 - is available to direct individuals to the services offered through the centres.

To find out more or to discuss making a referral call Judy Leavesley on 01709 723095, email judy.leavesley@varotherham.org.uk or visit www.thebaserotherham.co.uk