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VIDEO: Cornwall's Children 'Without A Voice'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:04am 5th September 2014

More people are being brought in to work with children at risk of sexual exploitation in Cornwall.

Pirate FM told you how officials fear more than ninety youngsters could be in danger since the start of 2013.

Now Truro charity CLEAR has won more £160,000 of funding.

It will create four new posts to join a delivery team of 30 people working with between 2,000 and 5,000 children and young people and parents across Cornwall.

This will see it deliver projects via one to one specialised therapy and school and group programmes, which use a range a therapies which include art, drama, music and play therapy.

Simon Carpenter, CLEAR chief executive, said: “This growth is huge for the organisation and to see a young person who has gone through awful post-traumatic stress after witnessing or suffering domestic or sexual abuse and then watch them walking away and getting on with their lives is fantastic.

“Our work is uncovering the children of Cornwall with no voice and they seem to be finding us which is really important, but there aren’t any other organisations providing therapeutic intervention services for children and young people in Cornwall.

“We will use the funding to support all our work but most importantly, in the current climate, the money will support our children’s sexual exploitation service which is going to be very new to Cornwall but also I think its going to bring all sorts of things out into the open which we need to do.

“It’s very exciting for us, it’s changed the face of our service. I was doing some calculations about numbers and I would say between 2,000 and 5,000 children could be impacted by the money we have been given and that’s from education, to therapy, to group work but also child sexual exploitation which we have no idea what kind of numbers we will be working with yet.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg helped the organisation get the funding. He said: “My team, working with these groups, has managed to secure a very sizeable grant from the Government related to victims.

“We want to celebrate the work of these charities and the award of around £600,000 in total to these incredibly important charities.

“As I speak with the awful issues of Rotherham in mind, most of the charities are those dealing with domestic abuse, sexual violence, both female and male, and damage to young children and it makes it all the more relevant in the work we are doing.

“It’s a matter of significant personal pride to me that my team has formed a close bond with these groups that are deeply engaged with the treatment, particularly of women, young girls and children.

“We understand the issues, though we are always learning, and we can share some of their pressures because together, as partners we have to face them these days.”

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