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Catch22 to support young people affected by child sexual exploitation in Sefton

The Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded £22,000 to Catch22 to support young people affected by child sexual exploitation in Sefton.

29 January 2015

Catch22 has been awarded £22,000 from the Putting Victims First fund by Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, to support young people currently involved in child sexual exploitation (CSE), gangs and trafficking in Sefton. The pilot project will run until the end of March and will involve one to one and group work with young people.

Mark Woodbridge, Service Manager, said:

‘We’re grateful to have been awarded this money, which will enable us to provide lasting support to young people who’ve been affected by sexual exploitation within Sefton.

Catch22 is recognised as a leading provider of child sexual exploitation (CSE) services across the UK and as a result of our long standing work in various local authorities we have developed extensive knowledge and a high-quality skills base amongst our staff. Building upon the success of our services across Cheshire and Merseyside, this fund will help us further raise awareness of CSE and identify and protect victims. Catch22 looks forward to working closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office to identify CSE perpetrators and to provide high level support to victims across Sefton.’