New £400,000 Government funding to help South Yorkshire child abuse survivors

Reverend Dr Alan Billings
Reverend Dr Alan Billings

More than £400,000 of Government funding is to be provided to organisations supporting victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in South Yorkshire.

The Home Office is providing £413,000 of funding to South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings to distribute among different organisations in the county.

The money is South Yorkshire’s share of a £4.85m national fund.

Dr Billings said the money will be shared out between six local organisations after funding was sought for nine different projects by his office.

The national funding is administered by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, Stephen Bett.

He said: “I am very pleased that the selection panel for the funding have awarded South Yorkshire Projects grants to continue the excellent work they do in the county.

“I would also like to thank Stephen Bett, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk for considering all of the South Yorkshire applications.

“South Yorkshire Police are working hard to ensure that they treat vulnerable people and those at risk of abuse with greater understanding and sensitivity. The organisations that have received funding are all seeking to support victims and survivors.”

The Children, Young People and Families Consortium in Rotherham were successful in securing the largest single grant of £262,338 for their project to support victims and survivors of sexual abuse.

The funding will provide counselling services, one-to-one support, education and training, drop-in sessions, family therapy and support and outreach sessions.

Dr Billings said: “I would like to congratulate and thank The Children, Young People and Families Consortium. The work they do in the community is very much appreciated. I wish them well with the work they do and very much look forward to meeting them to see how the funding is helping people using the service.”

Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre received grants totalling almost £70,000.

This funding will cover running costs due to the recent increase in demand and help to improve the help and support of survivors.

They plan to improve the service provided by developing a helpline service and employing a Sexual Violence Advisor to work with survivors directly.

Other organisations receiving funding from the Home Office grant are The Cyrenians Limited, who provide counselling and mental health support services in Doncaster.

The Changing Lives programme secured £61,653 and will use this funding to provide additional resources to offer one-to-one support, counselling and therapeutic group work to young people who are victims of historical and/or recent child sexual exploitation who are referred or self-refer to the Doncaster-based service.