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£44m for CSE projects

Projects designed to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) will benefit from close to £1m in Big Lottery Fund cash after the organisation unveiled details of grants totalling £44m.

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) has been granted £489K to develop its work across England supporting parents whose children are at risk or being sexually exploited by perpetrators outside the family.

They also plan to develop a programme designed and run by parents who have been affected by CSE, including focus groups; an online forum; conferences and parent network days for sharing stories, reducing feelings of isolation and hearing from invited speakers.

The Children’s Society has also granted £366,945 to reintroduce and develop a CSE school awareness programme in Torbay, and deliver intensive intervention to families of children. It aims to support 4,500 children.

Suffolk Carers will receive £445,000 to develop a pilot project that aims to support young carers aged between five and nine with information, advice and guidance, as well as to provide activities that give them a break away from their caring roles and responsibilities. 

Also Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust will use its grant of £322,576 to expand its mentoring service that aims to support young men after release from youth custody.