A group of high-profile local people has pledged their support for Derby-based charity Safe and Sound as it forges ahead with its expansion plans for 2020 and beyond.
As well as highlighting the charity’s work amongst their own networks, they have pledged to support the charity’s Butterfly Appeal. The appeal is underway to fund Safe and Sound’s new and innovative support programmes for children and young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and their families.
The group also includes Young Ambassador Louise (18) who has been supported by Safe and Sound after being targeted by online groomers. The teenager has already shared her story in the hope of encouraging other young people to improve their privacy settings online and her future input will include raising awareness of CSE and the charity in local communities.
Safe and Sound chief executive Tracy Harrison said: “Talking about child sexual exploitation is not an easy conversation but it is vital that everyone is aware of the dangers facing our children and young people both online and in our local communities. No child is safe from sexual exploitation. Indeed research shows that one in 20 young people – that’s at least one child in every classroom – has faced abuse in their lives, including sexual exploitation. It is therefore vital that we raise awareness of this issue across our wider communities and our Ambassadors have an important role to play in spreading the word. We are extremely grateful for their support and I also hope that raised awareness will also encourage more groups, businesses and individuals to support our Butterfly Appeal so that we can further expand the range of support available for young people across Derbyshire and their families.”
Peter Goodman, Derbyshire Chief Constable
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