Tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) and bringing offenders to justice is a priority for South Yorkshire Police. We are now operating with a deeper understanding of child sexual exploitation.
Here we will bring you updates about what we are doing to tackle child sexual exploitation.
Since the publication of the Alexis Jay report South Yorkshire Police has made significant progress in tackling child sexual exploitation but we understand more needs to be done.
There has been an increase of 62 police officers and staff dedicated to tackling issues such as child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, missing from home and female genital mutilation (FGM). We are absolutely committed to achieving justice, stopping the harm and preventing future offending.
The National Crime Agency is carrying out an independent investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the period covered by the Jay report at the request of Chief Constable David Crompton.
The Force has referred a number of complaints to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and they are carrying out an independent investigation.
On 30 September 2015 South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings launched a review into South Yorkshire Police’s handling of reports of child sexual exploitation.
It is being led by Professor John Drew and is looking at how the Force has handled reports of child sexual exploitation to ensure that everything that can be reasonably known about the past is known.
The aim of the review is to whether South Yorkshire Police has understood and acted upon the findings of reports and inspections into matters of child sexual exploitation. It will also look at whether the Force’s response to safeguarding children and young people has been adequate, not just in Rotherham but across the whole of South Yorkshire.
To read more about the review visit the website: www.drewreview.uk
To find out more about what the force is doing to tackle child sexual exploitation visit our frequently asked questions, watch our video and view our infograph below.
Click the infograph below to view a larger version.
This section gives you a break down into the number of referrals, live investigations and criminal proceedings currently taking place across the Force. We will update this section each month.
Referrals received monthly from April 2015
A referral to police is any concern that has been reported and can come from a number of sources including a school, social services or a concerned family member. It does not necessarily mean there has been an offence committed.
Officers fully investigate all referrals and where an offence has been committed, an investigation will be launched. In other cases where no criminal offences have taken place other agencies may offer support to the young person referred.
* These are referrals that may have happened across more than one area and are being dealt with centrally and are not assigned to a specific district.
Offences recorded monthly from April 2015
These are the number of offences that have been recorded monthly from the referrals received.
Number of charges and cautions monthly from April 2015
This shows the number of charges from April 2015 with offences committed at any time not just the ones reported within that time period.
Live investigations at the end of July 16.
This is the number of investigations we have across the force at this time.
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In this section, we will bring you news of people that have been charged or sentenced in relation to child sexual exploitation
Transforming child sexual exploitation services in Rotherham - 4 July 2016
Rotherham is transforming the way it deals with child sexual exploitation and now it is delivering a ground-breaking service to tackle it.
Evolve - the multi-agency specialist team tackling child sexual exploitation - moved into new premises in Rotherham on Friday 1 July. Read more
Global recognition for Operation Makesafe - 29 June 2016
The work of South Yorkshire Police and students from Sheffield Hallam University on Operation Makesafe, a child protection training package, has been recognised in a global study on the sexual exploitation of children in the travel and tourism industries. Read more
Man jailed for sexually abusing child in Doncaster - 29 June 2016
A 27-year-old man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in Doncaster.
Mark Andrew Richmond, of Whitcomb Drive, Rossington, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 28 June to receive his sentence after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing. Read more
Rotherham man jailed for child sexual offences - 28 June 2016
A 39-year-old Rotherham man has been jailed for 12 years, with an extension of four years, for sexually abusing five children as well as possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Jason Madden, of Leopold Street, Dinnington, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today (Tuesday 28 June) to receive his sentence after pleading guilty to numerous offences at an earlier hearing. Read more
Man jailed for sexually abusing teenagers in Rotherham - 27 May 2016
A 44-year-old man has today (Friday 27 May) been jailed for ten years for sexually abusing two teenagers in Rotherham.
Stephen Smith, of Creighton Avenue, Rawmarsh, was found guilty of ten sexual offences (seven counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child) following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in February this year. Read more
20 years behind bars for Sheffield sex offender - 10 May 2016
A 50-year-old Sheffield man has been jailed for 20 years today (Tuesday 10 May) for sexually abusing vulnerable girls and women.
Owen Smith, of Hawley Street, Sheffield, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court after being found guilty of multiple sexual offences. Read more
SYP Atlas Court staff receive Operation Makesafe training - 18 March 2016
All Atlas Court and Crime Bureau staff for South Yorkshire Police, including call handlers and dispatchers, have received Operation Makesafe training as part of the force's continued commitment to tackling child sexual exploitation.
Operation Makesafe is a SYP child sexual exploitation training package that has been delivered to a number of industries including hotels and bus companies. Read more
Force to mark Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day - 17 March 2016
South Yorkshire Police and its partners will be taking part in a range of activities across the region to mark Child Sexual Exploitation Awarness Day 2016, which takes place tomorrow (Friday 18 March). Read more
Six charged with alleged child sexual exploitation offences in Sheffield - 11 March 2016
Five men and a woman have been charged with 53 child sexual offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of a number of girls in Sheffield. Read more
Five jailed for over 100 years for child sexual exploitation in Rotherham - 26 February 2016
Five people have been jailed for a combined total of 102 years for the sexual exploitation of 15 girls in Rotherham.
Group convicted of multiple child sexual exploitation offences in Rotherham - 24 February 2016
Six people have been convicted of multiple child sexual exploitation offences against 15 young girls in Rotherham between 1987 and 2003.
This follows an 11-week trial that began in early December 2015 and recalled over a decade of sexual abuse against young girls in Rotherham. To read the full story, please click here.
Man pleads guilty to child sexual offence - 8 February 2016
A 37-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a non-recent child sexual offence in court last week (Friday 5 February).
Amjad Ali, of Broad Lane, Worksop, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court and pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse with a girl under 13-years. Read more
Rotherham man jailed for online child sex crimes - 4 December 2015
A 41-year-old Rotherham man is beginning a five-and-a-half-year jail sentence today after admitting contacting young girls online and sending them sexually explicit messages.
Karl Astbury, of Central Drive, Thurcroft, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 2 December to be sentenced after pleading guilty to eight child sexual offence charges at an earlier hearing. Read more
Man jailed for sexual abuse of young girls in Rotherham - 23 November 2015
A 22-year-old man has been jailed for a decade for attempting to incite young girls to engage in sexual activity in Rotherham.
Tom Steven Wilkes, formerly of Pitt Street, Rotherham, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today (Monday 23 November) to receive his sentence. Read more
Man jailed for Rotherham child sexual offences - 4 November 2015
A 32-year-old man has been jailed for seven years for multiple child sexual offences against a girl in Rotherham.
Daniel Raymond Cooper, previously of Drummond Road, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 3 November) on the second day of his trial. Read more
Some children are more at risk then others; it is the responsibility of everyone to spot the signs that a child may be vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
The first phase of a new awareness raising campaign was launched with partners across the county in November 2014 to encourage people to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation, and come forward with information about young people vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
The Spot the Signs campaign includes a series of posters depicting 14 different signs that a young person may be a victim of sexual exploitation, as well as the details of support services available. These are currently displayed in prominent public locations including on buses, in shopping centres and doctor’s surgeries.
The artwork for some of the signs is below.
For information about all of the 14 signs please click on the link below:
The links below provide top tips for keeping safe.
For advice on how you can help spot the signs and protect young people from being exploited, please click on the links below.
Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or call police on 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
National helpline run by the National Working Group Network through the charity Missing People call or text: 116 000
If you think you may be a victim and need help in Barnsley please call: 01226 438831
If you think you may be a victim and need help in Doncaster call: 01302 737200
If you think you may be a victim and need help in Rotherham call: 01709 823987
If you think you may be a victim and need help in Sheffield call: 0114 2758411
Support for boys and young men: click here
You can also report online through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, click here
Everyday we receive many comments and questions about child sexual exploitation and the work we are doing. In order to answer these questions we have created a list of frequently asked questions, which will be updated regularly.