Child exploitation team receive award

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The team that tackles child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has received a national award in recognition of its work.

The team received the award for undergoing ‘the longest journey under challenging conditions,’ at The National Working Group Network’s conference, entitled Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation – The Journey So Far.

The tackling of CSE in the town has been criticised in the past.

Coun Paul Lakin, Rotherham Council member for children and young people’s services, said: “This is a remarkable achievement and shows we are working well as a team with the police and other agencies to tackle child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.”

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “No child should have to suffer such horrific events. This award is testimony to our continued passion and commitment as a partnership to do everything we can to stamp out these life-changing events.”

Sheila Taylor, chief executive of the NWG Network, said: “The team has worked tirelessly to improve services and is one of the best national examples of current practice, helping to ensure the safety of young people.”