Sexual Harm Prevention Order granted in Rotherham

A 26-year-old man from Rotherham has been handed a ten-year court order restricting his contact with children under 16.

A District Judge at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court placed the ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) on Mudasser Hussain, from Holmes, Rotherham, on Monday 24 August.

He did not appear at the hearing and the SHPO was granted in his absence.

SHPOs is legislation that can be granted to protect the public, or a particular individual, from serious sexual harm. Orders can be granted as part of a person’s sentence or, as in this case, be applied for independently of criminal proceedings.

Under the order, Hussain cannot have unsupervised contact of any kind with children under 16 unless certain criteria are met.

Police in Rotherham obtained the order after information from the community suggested that Hussain was engaging in potentially harmful behaviour that put young people at risk.

Superintendent Paul McCurry from Rotherham, said: “Obtaining court orders like this further demonstrates our commitment to the protection of children across our region.

“Measures like this are another tool at our disposal to prevent individuals committing offences and to provide us with a way of monitoring behaviour and restricting activity. In this case, this individual has to meet certain requirements for ten years otherwise he will be brought before the courts again.

“Sometimes, we may receive information about an individual that unfortunately may not be enough to arrest them. This new legislation gives us additional powers that means we can enforce certain restrictions, even if we are unable to bring criminal charges.”

If someone breaches a SHPO, this is deemed to be a criminal offence and someone can receive a fine or possibly even be jailed, depending on the severity of the breach.

Supt McCurry continued: “This success at court is yet another step forward for Rotherham and South Yorkshire Police in tackling child sexual exploitation.

“We are publicising this case to send a strong message to any individual out there engaging in the sexual exploitation of children – we will take any and all measures available to us to identify you, bring you before a court and prevent you from harming a child.”

To report concerns for a child, or if you wish to report sexual exploitation, you can call or text the national helpline Say Something on 116 000 for support and advice.

There is a dedicated 24-hour confidential helpline for victims of sexual exploitation in Rotherham, run by the national charity NSPCC. They can be contacted on 0800 7319256 or emailed via rotherhamcsesupport@nspcc.org.uk