21 November 2017
Commissioned jointly by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the new service will deliver a range of early work and targeted support with families, and carry out return home interviews for all missing children.
The team is based in three geographical areas, Staffordshire North, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire South ensuring that communities are able to easily access support.
Kathy Boardman, Assistant Director, Catch22, commented:
“We will only stop child sexual exploitation through education, and through open and honest conversations with parents, caregivers and young people. Our experienced and highly qualified team are here to have these conversations, and we encourage both adults and young people to get in touch with their concerns.”
Councillor Dr Janine Bridges, Cabinet Member for Education and Economy at Stoke-on-Trent City Council commented:
“We are committed to ensuring our children and young people are safe. This service will ensure that any young person or parent can seek quality advice, help and guidance, tackling exploitation in a safe and supportive environment. There is a firm, clear and robust commitment between Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to jointly tackle child sexual exploitation and safeguard our young people.”
Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said:
“Although we have a greater understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation now than we did several years ago there is no complacency about this issue, which is why we’re investing in working with partners to keep children and young people as safe as possible in a wide range of circumstances.”
- find out more about Catch22 Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire CSE and Missing Service here.
- Young people, parents or caregivers looking for more information can contact the service confidentially on 01782 237106, or find out more at www.knowaboutcse.co.uk
- As the service launches, Catch22 has drawn up five points that parents in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire should look out for to protect their children, you can download it here.