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We hear directly from four councils about their new projects and achievements, including how Bucks County Council’s app, MOMO, is improving communication with service users. 

 

Rotherham opens dedicated CSE centre

Rotherham is transforming the way it deals with sexual exploitation (CSE) and has developed a ground-breaking service to tackle it.

Evolve, the multi-agency specialist team tackling child exploitation has moved into new premises in Rotherham.

The team is one of the first of its kind in the country and consists of social workers, Pace (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation), a CSE specialist nurse, a Barnardo’s project worker, a Children’s social care operational manager, business support staff and police officers – all working together in one place.

Operating in the Eric Mann’s building opposite Rotherham Town Hall, Evolve aims to safeguard children who are, or are likely to, suffer harm through child sexual exploitation.



MOMO app gives young people a voice at Bucks

Bucks County Council has introduced MOMO, an award-winning app. Short for Mind of My Own, MOMO is helping children and young people across the county to express their views more clearly, become more involved in meetings and make better decisions with their social team.

Claire Dixon, Digital Lead in Children’s Social Care at Bucks County Council, said:

“We’ve really embraced MOMO in Bucks. We already have nearly 150 young people using it and have been getting some really encouraging feedback about how it is helping them communicate better with their workers.”



Sheffield’s Children in Care Council win national award

Sheffield’s Children in Care Council have won a national award for their work to help improve the experiences of children in care.

The group of 13-18 year olds, who all have first-hand experience of the care system, were given a Diana award for a film highlighting the importance of listening to and involving young people in decisions that affect them. The film will be shared with social workers during training and will be included as part of a rolling program with all social work students in Sheffield.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for children, Young People and Families said: “The film provides an invaluable resource for our social work training sessions and give real insight into what it’s like to be in care and how it could be improved”.



New model for domestic abuse services in Barnsley

Barnsley Council’s cabinet has given approval for a new service which will provide targeted support to residents who are experiencing sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The new model has been proposed following an independent review of the sexual violence and domestic abuse services in Barnsley. It will address gaps in the current support being given and bring together services to make sure victims receive the right help, when they need it.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities said, “I really welcome the proposed new model for sexual violence and domestic abuse services in Barnsley. It will be a really positive step to achieving our priority of providing timely, flexible support to people when they need it most.”



To read more interesting news on the social work sector, including in-depth reports, guidance and more, check out our latest edition of Sanctuary Social Work News magazine. 

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