South Yorkshire Police nominated for award for ‘raising awareness’ of child sexual exploitation

South Yorkshire Police Headquarters on Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police Headquarters on Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield

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South Yorkshire Police have been shortlisted for a communications award - for raising awareness of child sexual exploitation.

The force has been nominated five times for four different campaigns in the UK Public Sector Communications Award 2015.

Its ‘Spot the Signs’ campaign - launched in the wake of the Rotherham grooming scandal for which the force was heavily criticised - has been shortlisted for the Partnership Engagement of the Year award for its efforts in helping to ‘raise awareness of the signs of child sexual exploitation’.

The campaign is in the running for the Partnership Engagement of the Year award after the force worked with local councils, Crimestoppers, specialist charity the National Working Group and the Crown Prosecution Service.

It was launched in November in the wake of the Jay report revealing at least 1,400 children in Rotherham had been abused between 1997 and 2013.

But one abuse victim from Rotherham said the force should not be nominating itself for such prizes given the circumstances of the grooming scandal.

She said: “What they need to start realising is it is the survivors raising awareness and it is because of them everything has been exposed and more is getting done.

“With everything that has gone on, I can’t believe they have put themselves up for an award. Even eight months after the Jay report, there is still not enough done.”

Other campaigns the force have been nominated for include the ‘No invite, No entry’ campaign, aimed at tackling burglary, which has been shortlisted for the Community Relations Campaign of the Year award, and the Local Community Initiative of the Year award

Also up for the Local Community Initiative of the Year award are South Yorkshire Police’s ‘No Regrets’ campaign, aimed at preventing alcohol-related crimes over the festive period, and the ‘What it Takes’ campaign, which was designed to promote the recruitment of more Special Constables.

Head of Corporate Communications Carrie Goodwin said: “The force continues to demonstrate creativity, bravery and dedication in the way it engages with its communities. These campaigns are created, developed, shaped and implemented by project teams made up of representatives from various areas the force, and this recognition is testament to the continued efforts of all those involved.”

The award winners will be announced in July.

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