We provided direct one-to-one support for 100 children & young people who were being, or at risk of being, sexually exploited. At least 38 of these were victims of child sexual abuse.
We supported our children and young people attending over 350 multi agency strategy, tasking and review meetings.
We delivered education sessions to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation to 871 children and young people in Derby and Derbyshire.
Our Youth Work Team supported 8 young people into one to one activities and 172 young people in a number of youth participation groups. Positive development activities included 10 young people who were involved in 18 Music Project sessions leading to the production of a 5-track music release.
We trained 221 professionals who work in children’s services and/or in public protection in statutory, private and voluntary sectors across the UK, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to respond more effectively to victims of child sexual exploitation.
We reached over 500 people through awareness raising talks across communities in Derbyshire, helping them to identify and support victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.
Some of this year’s highlights
- The first year of our New and Emerging Communities Project, working with the Roma community and other BaME groups in the city, has reached over 650 people – a mixture of parents, professionals and children themselves – to help raise awareness and protect the most vulnerable where language or cultural barriers are a problem.
- Supported the development and launch of the new Children at Risk of Exploitation (CRE) toolkit. This toolkit is now in use across Derby and Derbyshire through the Safeguarding children’s board.
- We celebrated National Children’s Day with Derby Express Couriers who helped us deliver a Safe and Sound ‘pass the parcel’ to over 50 local businesses, raising awareness of our vital work throughout the city and county.
- Ongoing development of our new in house CSE assessment tools (APART / YPET), with committed support to evaluate our work from the University of Derby.
- In June we launched our Butterfly Appeal, a campaign to raise awareness not only of the scale of the problem of exploitation, but also to set out our ambitions for developing our services over 2020 and beyond.
- We started our new fundraising strategy with a number of key partnerships already secured including two years with Derby County Football Club, support from a number of local Rotary groups and significant successes with Trust and Foundations who wish to support our work.
- We have trained three of our front-line staff as Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA’s) and supported several young people through high profile court proceedings.
- In November 2019 we appointed a team of Ambassadors who will represent and promote Safe and Sound through their own networks within the city and county – we welcome Bafta Award winning actress Molly Windsor, Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary Peter Goodman, ex-Derby County Captain Shaun Barker, local business owner Amanda Strong and our passionate Young Ambassador, herself a survivor of abuse, Louise Murphy-Fairclough.