Sex exploitation advice and help

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Members of the Sexual Exploitation Team are visitng Doncaster to raise public awareness about child sexual exploitation and how to access help and support.

The awareness raising sessions are part of the Doncaster Safeguarding Children’s Board strategy.

The team of experts from Doncaster will be in the town centre on 26 July in the transport interchange and they will have the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) health bus on Clock Corner on July 30 between 10 am and 4pm.

A range of staff will be on the bus including members of the sexual exploitation team, the sexual health team, school nurses, education staff and the police.

They will be raising awareness of the risk indicators to child sexual exploitation for both children and families. These include:

Unexplained gifts

Going missing from home

A change of physical appearance

Poor school attendance

Staying out late

Repeat sexually transmitted infections

Unexplained physical injuries

Jayne Pezzulo, who will be representing RDaSH at the events, said: “Our aim is to raise awareness of the warning signs of sexual exploitation. If people know what to look for they can seek help for anyone they think is being sexually exploited more quickly.”

DCI Craig Robinson from South Yorkshire Police said: “Sexual exploitation is a crime that ruins lives. By raising awareness with young people and their families so they can recognise the warning signs, it will assist in helping us to identify those responsible and making interventions to try and prevent this crime.”

If anyone is being sexually exploited or you know of anyone you think is being sexually exploited please ring 01302 737777 for help and advice .For emergencies ring 999.