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Charities in Rotherham are set to be given more funding to help victims of child sexual exploitation.

The first allocations from Rotherham Council’s £120,000 funding package are set to be decided later this month.

The funding was announced last month to provide a package of extra support for victims and their families while proposals for long term post-abuse support are drawn up to come into effect next year.

The proposals include a grant of £20,000 to Rotherham Women’s Counselling Service and Pit Stop for Men to fund an increase in specialist counselling.

There is also a grant of £20,000 for GROW, a service for women and families, and one of £20,000 to the South Yorkshire Community Foundation’s child sexual exploitation fund.

The fund will help meet demand for extra resources to support those affected by exploitation in the town.

Rotherham Council stressed that anyone who is worried about a child or young person at risk should call the authority’s contact and referral team on 01709 823987. Alternatively, outside working hours call 01709 336080.