Rotherham charity boss takes new role helping town abuse victims

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A Rotherham charity boss has been given responsibility for ensuring child sexual exploitation victims in the town get the right help and support.

Jo Smith, chief executive of Rush House, which supports homeless or inappropriately housed young people in Rotherham, has been seconded to the new role.

She will work closely with the NSPCC which runs Rotherham’s Sexual Exploitation Helpline that started in December.

She said: “We are aiming to meet specific needs and recognise that we cannot take a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Each person affected by child sexual exploitation has their own set of experiences and those experiences have affected them in a unique way. I would also like to hear from people who have been affected by child sexual exploitation to ensure that we can shape future services to meet their needs.”

Rotherham Council’s deputy leader Emma Hoddinott said: “Jo will be a crucial link between all those involved in supporting victims and survivors in making sure services are suitable.”