We will be using £418,542 from the Big Lottery Fund for our
Hub & Spoke Project over the next three years.
We currently employ 12 staff and the Lottery cash will allow us to recruit four more full-time workers and one part-time, over the next three years.
We will be looking to add a victim support advisor, a case advisor, a policy and practice advisor, a trainer and a part-time participation worker – who will work to give young people a voice in the development of child sexual exploitation services.
We also announced earlier this year that we were extending our service to work in Derbyshire, as well as Derby city.
The level of support we offers in the county is focused on victims and those children and young people at high risk of child sexual exploitation.
We are still working closely with all relevant partners in Derby city and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.
Our Chief Executive, Nathalie Walters, said: “This award from the Big Lottery fund is great news and will allow us to expand our work even further.
“The money has been awarded for a specific purpose, to our Hub & Spoke project, the aim of which is to ensure a consistent approach to child sexual exploitation among agencies across the Midlands and Staffordshire.
“We will be offering advice to agencies in those areas on policy and practice, spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation and making sure that young people’s views are listened to.
“This money is extremely welcome but it has to be targeted at one particular project and we are still in need of funding.”
We also deliver a UK-wide programme of training services to improve awareness, knowledge and skills to ensure that victims of child sexual exploitation and their families get the help and support they need.Our Training