Abuse victims asked for views on Rotherham support services

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Survivors of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham are being asked for their opinions to help shape future support services in the town.

A research project led by the University of Salford is asking victims for their views, as well as seeking opinions for other children and adults.

Rotherham Council wants to get a better understanding of the services people want to prevent child sexual exploitation and how these can be delivered.

It comes ahead of new services being commissioned later this year.

The council has already been gathering evidence from local voluntary sector groups that support victims, while four community organisations are involved in the University of Salford project.

Rotherham Women’s Refuge, Swinton Lock Activity Centre, Apna Haq and the Clifton Learning Partnership are due to deliver a number of focus groups for adults and young people, one-to-one sessions with adults and work with people from Rotherham’s Asian and Roma communities.

Leader of Rotherham Council, Councillor Chris Read, said: “As we drive forward improvements in services in dealing with child sexual exploitation, it’s vital that we hear the views of people who have been directly affected.”

In addition to the university working closely with survivors of child sexual exploitation to gather their views, people across Rotherham are being invited to take part in an online consultation.

The survey can be completed by anyone from Rotherham and is open until June 5. To complete the questionnaires, visit https://salford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/rotherhamcse or https://salford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/rotherham-young-people-child-sexual-exploitation-survey.