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Providing practical and emotional support for young people at risk of CSE


14/06/2018 09:30






About this event

This seminar will give you an opportunity to hear from Sara Rowbotham about her experience of whistleblowing the Rochdale CSE scandal and providing invaluable support to children and young people at risk of CSE.

Scroll down to watch a short video of Sara talking about CSE.

Key learning:

  • Terminology and definitions relating to CSE
  • Tools and techniques to discuss CSE with young people
  • The importance of information-sharing and multi-agency working
  • Difficulties faced by young people in disclosing CSE
  • Practical ways to support children and young people at risk of CSE.

Facilitator bio: Sara Rowbotham

Sara Robotham trained as a social worker and was HIV specialist social worker for five years before moving into prevention in 1999.

In 2003 ,while working for the NHS, Sara set up a Crisis Intervention Team to provide one-to-one support for young people who were identified as being vulnerable in relation to their sexual health.

Within months the Team began to identify young people who were involved in or vulnerable to sexual exploitation. Over the following eight years Sara tried to bring this issue to the attention of statutory services with little or no meaningful response.

In 2012 Sara was forced to “whistleblow”, seeking support from her local MP and eventually being called to give evidence to the Home Office Select Committee enquiry in to CSE .

She was made redundant from the NHS in 2014 and is currently serving as a local Councillor for Middleton North Ward of Rochdale Borough  Council.

Sara was recently portrayed by Maxine Peake in the BBC drama 3 Girls.

In the film below from our 2017 annual conference, Sara Rowbotham discusses her experiences and her perspective on CSE.

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