11:40 Thursday 02 January 2014

Charity urges sexually exploited to 'get help'

Written byROB SMYTH

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A CHARITY that works to help people impacted by sexual exploitation in South Derbyshire is appealing for victims to come forward.

Safe and Sound provides support to children and young people who are being, or a risk of being sexually exploited in the area.

The charity is now launching its 2014 in a bid to try and get more people to ‘come forward and get help for themselves’.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Our organisation was established in 2002, so we’ve built up substantial experience of supporting victims of child sexual exploitation and helping them to escape from this violence and abuse.

“We also work to prevent young men and women from becoming victims of this crime in the first place.

“Our work to raise awareness and speak on behalf of victims nationally benefits children and young people in South Derbyshire, the Midlands and right across the UK.

“Working to end child sexual exploitation, Safe and Sound Derby provides support to children and young people who are being, or at risk of being sexually exploited, together with their families and delivers a UK-wide programme of training services to improve awareness, knowledge and skills to ensure that victims and their families get the help and support they need.

“We focus on practical approaches to tackling child sexual exploitation, delivering prevention work, ensuring the protection of children and young people at risk, and supporting the police in the disruption and prosecution of those committing these crimes.

“We do this by sharing information to enable the investigation, disruption and prosecution of the perpetrators of this crime.”

More information is available by visiting www.safeandsoundderby.co.uk.

People who need help are urged to call 01332 362120 or email info@safeandsoundderby.co.uk

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