Child exploitation workers shortlisted for award

Two Doncaster workers have been shortlisted for the fourth time in a national award for their work in helping to tackle child sexual exploitation in Doncaster.

Jayne Pezzulo, who works for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), together with Carmel Bartlett who works for Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, have been shortlisted as finalists in the National Working Group (NWG) awards. They have been runners-up four times and hope to clinch the top award this year.

The aim of the awards is to recognise and reward individuals or teams who have made significant, on-going contributions to tackling child sexual exploitation.

Jayne and Carmel work in the Doncaster multi-agency Child Exploitation Team. The team’s role is to make the borough’s residents and children aware of CSE to help prevent it, to protect the town’s children from CSE and if it does take place to provide a multi-agency approach to support and safeguard children .It is the fourth time they have been shortlisted in this award for the delivery of education and training to a wide audience of young people, parents and professionals. They have also implemented a regular newsletter which is sent to all primary and secondary schools and pupil referral units to provide termly updates to all parents and carers regarding online safety.

Debbie Smith, Chief Operating Officer at RDaSH, said: “It’s fantastic that Jayne and Carmel are shortlisted in this award again. It’s a real credit to them and highlights the hard work they do helping to raise the profile of CSE and making people aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for and the action they can take.”

Paul Moffat, Chief Executive of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, said: “We are thrilled that Carmel and Jayne’s hard work has again been recognised nationally. Their work has been vital in raising awareness of CSE with young people in schools and most importantly about what young people can do if they have any concerns about a friend.”

Jayne and Carmel will travel to the awards ceremony in Nottingham on March 26.

“When I met with them, they were very complimentary about the support they’d had from you and the Trust in general. “

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