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Protect yourself from flu this winter

People are encouraged to get their flu vaccinations to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy this winter.

11 October 2019

Significant improvements to services for looked after children

Children who are looked after by Rotherham Council are receiving a “strong service” which has “significantly improved” according to findings from the latest Ofsted visit.

15 April 2019

Charity partnership secures government funding to help victims of grooming and sexual exploitation

A partnership of six charities has been successful in securing £1 million to help women affected by sexual exploitation and grooming.

29 March 2019

Rotherham social worker nominated for top award

A social worker from Rotherham has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018 as a result of their outstanding work with children and families.

14 November 2018

Last chance to have a say on changes to early help services

It is the last chance for people to have their say over proposed changes to the way the early help and family engagement services are delivered as time runs out on a consultation.

29 May 2018

Donations of toothbrushes wanted to combat decay

People are being urged to donate toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste to foodbanks to help combat childhood tooth decay in Rotherham.

16 May 2018

Rotherham’s foster care community shines in new video

More than 30 Rotherham council foster carers, children, councillors and fostering team staff are appearing in a new video asking one simple question: Do you have the heart to foster?

14 May 2018

Improvement journey outlined for residents with learning disabilities

Plans to transform services for people with a learning disability in Rotherham are unveiled in a report that will be presented to Councillors later this month.

9 May 2018

Views sought over changes to services for families and young people

Children, young people and families are being asked to share their views about the proposed changes to the way the early help, youth services and family engagement services are delivered.

11 April 2018

Children’s services to be accessible to families that need them

Leaders have pledged to focus the Council’s limited resources on services for children, ensuring they remain accessible to the families that need them, rather than paying for under used buildings.

28 February 2018

‘Transformed’ children’s services seek best social workers

Social workers are being offered the chance to meet children’s service leaders at a special recruitment fayre this weekend.

8 February 2018

Council budget proposals put the most vulnerable residents first

Adults and children’s social care will be prioritised under Council budget proposals promise leaders, despite the Council facing more bleak funding cuts.

7 February 2018

Adorable alpacas set to put smiles on children’s faces

Children in care in Rotherham have been given an extra special present this festive season – to trek with alpacas.

4 January 2018

Man jailed for sexually abusing Rotherham girls

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for the sexual abuse of three young girls in Rotherham in 2015.

27 November 2017

Young Inspectors scoop national award

A team of young people who inspect services delivered to children and young people in Rotherham has been nationally recognised for their work at a prestigious award ceremony in London last night.

23 November 2017

Body image a key pledge for Youth Cabinet in year ahead

Members of Rotherham’s Youth Cabinet are urging other youngsters to be confident with their body image as part of a raft of measures they want to focus on in the year ahead.

16 November 2017

Dozens of pupils attend anti-bullying event

School children are doing their bit to stamp out bullying with a special event for around one hundred pupils at Rotherham’s New York stadium today.

13 November 2017

Child sexual exploitation survivors nominate Rotherham for national award

Two child sexual exploitation survivors nominated Rotherham’s multi-agency team for a top national award for supporting them through their court cases.

30 October 2017

Second time lucky hope Young Inspectors

A team of young people who inspect services delivered to children and young people in Rotherham are hoping it will be second time lucky for them at a prestigious award ceremony next month.

27 October 2017

VIP Opening for Oakwood School

Secretary of State and former Rotherham resident Justine Greening was today the guest of honour as she officially opened her former school in her home town.

27 October 2017

Leaving care can be lonely, says Rotherham youngster

Paislie, a student who was once in foster care has talked about how lonely it can be to leave the care system and why Rotherham is aiming to change this.

25 October 2017

Blank canvas for children to “re-imagine” Rotherham

Children and young people have been given a blank canvas to help drive through changes which will make Rotherham more child friendly.

25 October 2017

Hunt for permanent family for four sisters

The bond between four young sisters in Rotherham has been deemed to be so deep that they now need to be adopted together.

20 October 2017

Autumn toddler crafts at Clifton Park Museum

Little ones can get their hands dirty at a special “autumn toddler crafts” workshops at Clifton Park Museum on Tuesday 24 October.

18 October 2017

School pupils challenged to safety quiz ahead of Bonfire Night

Be bright, be seen, be safe - that’s the message being delivered to primary school children in the run up to Bonfire Night.

18 October 2017

More than 170 reasons for Rotherham’s looked after children to shine

More than 170 of Rotherham’s looked after children and young people have picked up awards for their achievements at a glittering red-carpet event at New York Stadium.

17 October 2017

Pupils champion new mental health campaign

Pupils across Rotherham wore yellow today to show other young people that they’re not alone when it comes to their mental health as part of a new campaign launch.

10 October 2017

Independent investigation reports published by Rotherham Council

Rotherham Council has today published six investigation reports, commissioned following the findings of the Jay Report (2014) and the Casey Report (2015).

6 September 2017

Whole service review for Early Help

The next stage of a wholescale redesign for a Council service which helps families deal with issues before they escalate is set to begin.

28 June 2017

Children choose better lifestyle choices

Children are putting the breaks on bad lifestyle choices - like smoking and drinking sugary drinks - a new school survey has found.

1 February 2017

Council children's home gets Outstanding rating

Rotherham's last remaining children’s home has been rated as "outstanding" in a first for the town.

1 December 2016

Young Inspectors scoop national award

A dedicated group of young people who rate the services of Rotherham Council were honoured at a prestigious award ceremony last week.

29 November 2016

Inspectors' report on Looked After Children's services in Rotherham

Rotherham is continuing to improve standards for children in care, although more still needs to be done, a new report shows.

21 November 2016

Happy tenants say hello to new homes

Two new build Council bungalows have opened their doors to two local families with disabled children.

1 November 2016

Protect yourself and others from flu

Local residents who are eligible for a free flu vaccination are being urged to get their jab as soon as possible.

24 October 2016

Plea to give a child a forever home

This week is National Adoption Week and the Council is urging those considering adoption to give them a call and start the process today. Read Helen's story...

18 October 2016

Justice for child sexual exploitation victims

Eight men have been found guilty today of the sexual exploitation of three girls between 1999 and 2003, following a four week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

17 October 2016

Council to host job fayre to help people find their dream job

Rotherham Council will host a special job fayre to recruit social care staff at its Riverside House headquarters in the town centre next week.

28 September 2016

Cash appeal for looked after children's trip of a lifetime

The Looked After Children's Council fundraise for their trip to Poland.

20 September 2016

Destination Poland for Rotherham's Looked After Children

Mo Farah's double Olympic joy at Rio has inspired Council leaders to put their running shoes on and raise money to help send some of the borough's most vulnerable children on a trip of a lifetime.

1 September 2016

Family based placements for children in care

Plans for Rotherham's children in care to be placed with in-house foster carers instead of children's homes.

30 August 2016

Students celebrate GCSE success across Rotherham

Thousands of pupils are today celebrating after scooping great results across the borough for GCSEs.

25 August 2016

Young Inspectors go from strength to strength

Inspections carried out by a team of young volunteers have started to show benefits and improvements at Rotherham Council.

25 August 2016

Improvements for foster carers

Foster carers are set to benefit from a raft of changes in a bid to help the borough increase the number of carers in town.

15 July 2016

More social workers needed to lighten the load

Lower caseloads, better management, more supervision and learning and development opportunities are all on the cards for social workers who want to come and work in Rotherham.

6 July 2016

Transforming child sexual exploitation services In Rotherham

Rotherham is transforming the way it deals with child sexual exploitation (CSE) and now it is delivering a ground-breaking service to tackle it.

1 July 2016

Long Term Future of Habershon House

Habershon House's future to be discussed.

29 June 2016

Council part of Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

A survivor of child sexual exploitation is to tell her story on a national platform later this month to help agencies work together to tackle the crime.

15 June 2016

Rotherham Council plans for children at the heart of everything it does

Rotherham is putting its past behind it with plans to ensure children are at the heart of everything it does.

27 May 2016

Review of children's homes

The move to put more children in care with foster families is part of Rotherham Council's ambitious plans to overhaul its children's services.

27 May 2016

New Commissioner for Rotherham

The deputy leader of Lincolnshire County Council is to become the new Commissioner for children's social care at Rotherham Council.

10 May 2016

Glittering accolade for primary school

A Rotherham primary school has been given a gold award for changes it’s made to how it works with children with additional needs.

26 April 2016

Public urged to report child abuse and neglect

Residents are being urged to have the confidence to report child abuse to help protect children in the borough.

18 April 2016

New taxi camera rules come into effect

Customers will soon start to see security cameras installed in all Rotherham taxis.

13 April 2016

Commissioner at Rotherham Council moves on

The man brought in by the Government to oversee Rotherham Council's children's services is set to move on after doing 18 months in the post.

13 April 2016

Community events bring children, young people and families together

Communities in Rotherham came together over Easter to celebrate what makes their community great in a series of ‘Community Cafe’ style social events.

30 March 2016

Mel Meggs appointed as new Deputy Strategic Director in Children and Young People’s Services

Rotherham Council has appointed its new Deputy Strategic Director in Children and Young People’s Services, the latest appointment of the authority’s new permanent senior leadership team.

30 March 2016

Rotherham standing together for National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

People in Rotherham are being encouraged to show their support for National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day (18 March).

18 March 2016

Rotherham children have better understanding of CSE after watching ‘Chelsea’s Choice’

Ninety-nine per cent of school children in Rotherham have a better understanding of CSE after watching 'Chelsea's Choice'.

14 March 2016

Operation Clover verdict - statement from Rotherham Council

Rotherham Council reacts to today's verdict in the Operation Clover trial.

24 February 2016

Rotherham short breaks facility celebrates good Ofsted report

Rotherham’s Liberty House, a short breaks facility for children with disabilities and behavioural issues, has received a rating of ‘good’ following an Ofsted inspection last month.

17 February 2016

Success for Rotherham’s Early Help Services sees more young people in further education

More of Rotherham’s young people are accessing further education and training, latest statistics show.

8 February 2016

The Young Inspectors are recruiting!

Rotherham Council is placing young people at the heart of inspecting services delivered to children, young people and their families, and is looking for new recruits.

28 January 2016

Arnold Centre gains Rotherham Charter Gold Status

A Rotherham children’s centre and nursery has become the first in the borough to achieve the highly-acclaimed Rotherham Charter Gold accreditation.

28 January 2016

Help to quit for Rotherham smokers

Smokers in Rotherham who are planning to make a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking are being offered free support to help them achieve a smokefree start to 2016.

23 December 2015

Long-term support services to help victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation

More support services for victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation are being commissioned over the next three years, as part of longer-term plans which have been agreed by Rotherham Council.

11 December 2015

Shining the spotlight on sexual exploitation

Two powerful theatre in education productions on the theme of child sexual exploitation are touring secondary schools across Rotherham.

8 December 2015

Proposed consultation on the future of Rotherham children’s home

A consultation about the future of a Rotherham children’s home could begin next month, as part of the council’s ongoing review of children’s residential care services.

1 December 2015

New Chair for Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board

A former national adviser on children’s services has been appointed as the new Chair of the Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

5 November 2015

High Sheriff to visit Rotherham’s “Base” locations

South Yorkshire’s High Sheriff, John Holt, is to visit two of Rotherham’s support centres for victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

4 November 2015

Stoptober and smoking ban backed throughout South Yorkshire

Smokers across South Yorkshire are being encouraged to quit the habit, as Stoptober launches and new legislation comes into force.

25 September 2015

Daisy Chain project aims to forge community links

People with learning disabilities are taking part in an innovative new project to gain valuable employment skills as well as giving back to the local community and supporting families.

2 September 2015

Smoking in cars containing children to become illegal

South Yorkshire Tobacco Control Collaborative is urging motorists in the region to keep their vehicles smokefree, ahead of the introduction of the new Smokefree Cars law.

19 August 2015

Rotherham’s Imagination Library to finish February 2016

Following on from an announcement earlier this year, Rotherham Council has agreed to end its Imagination Library book-gifting service which costs up to £400k a year to run.

12 August 2015

£3.1 million to help victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham

Children and young people in South Yorkshire who have been or who are at risk of being sexually exploited will be getting more support, thanks to a £3.1 million injection of partnership funding.

3 August 2015

New website launched to help mental health issues

A new website has been launched which will help young people deal with emotional health and wellbeing issues.

13 July 2015

Flying the flag for Rotherham's community superheroes!

Rotherham’s very own superheroes have flown in to celebrate and promote the role of fostering in Rotherham.

23 June 2015

Rotherham becomes a "Base" to tackle CSE

Clifton Learning Partnership’s premises at Eastwood Village Community Centre is now one of a number of "Base" locations in Rotherham.

18 June 2015

£1.65 million investment to help extend fostering service in Rotherham

Rotherham Council has approved a £1.65 million investment for the homes of foster carers and adopters.

8 June 2015

Abbey on the up!

A Rotherham special school facing closure earlier this year is now making real progress according to national inspectors.

3 June 2015

Weigh Up offers free weight management support in Rotherham

A number of free services are now on offer across Rotherham to help those struggling to reach and maintain a healthier weight.

21 April 2015

First pledges its support to children's campaign

Staff from First buses have sent a strong message to those who target children by pledging its support to a Rotherham campaign.

7 April 2015

Rotherham foster carers do it again

Rotherham’s Foster Carers have joined their fostering families and social workers for an ‘Eggstravaganza’ Spring celebration.

7 April 2015

Taxi licences revoked

The Council has revoked the licences of two taxi drivers after they were arrested on suspicion of historic sexual offences against underage girls.

2 April 2015

Specialist homes for Rotherham families

Two new specialist homes are going to be built to help families with a disabled child.

25 March 2015

New era for Rotherham children's centres

A new approach in the delivery of services provided by Rotherham's Children's Centres starts next month.

11 March 2015

Campaign welcomes ban on smoking in cars carrying children

Directors of Public Health (DoPH) at three South Yorkshire local authorities have welcomed the announcement of new legislation to protect children in cars from tobacco smoke.

4 March 2015

Foster Carers rewarded for long service

Rotherham foster carers have been celebrated and awarded for their long service and invaluable support they have given hundreds of children over the years.

27 February 2015

Rotherham Leader calls on MP to help signpost support services for CSE victims

The Leader of Rotherham Borough Council today called on anyone who is in contact with victims of child sexual exploitation in the town to encourage them to use the services set up to support them.

29 January 2015

Rotherham United kick-starts personal pledge to keep children safe

Rotherham United has kick-started the next phase of a campaign to keep Rotherham’s children safe – and all Millers fans are being urged to show their support.

29 January 2015

Chief Executive of Rush House joins team to help people affected by child sexual exploitation

A new Child Sexual Exploitation Support Service Co-ordinator has been appointed to ensure people affected by child sexual exploitation get the right help and support.

22 January 2015

Lifestyle survey 2014

Over 4,000 young people in Rotherham have taken part in a survey that sheds light on their views and thoughts on a wide range of subjects that affect their lives.

9 January 2015

Businesses pledge to stand together

Town centre businesses have become the latest organisations to commit to looking out for the signs of child sexual exploitation by signing up to the Rotherham Standing Together campaign.

18 December 2014

New confidential helpline launched for Rotherham victims and survivors of sexual exploitation

Victims and survivors of sexual exploitation in Rotherham are being urged to seek support following the launch of a new confidential helpline.

16 December 2014

Stagecoach signs the pledge

Stagecoach Yorkshire has become the latest organisation to pledge its support to keeping Rotherham’s children safe.

16 December 2014

Launch of Rotherham Standing Together Against Child Sexual Exploitation: A Community Pledge

Organisations across the borough are pledging to stand together to keep Rotherham’s children safe.

24 November 2014

Safeguarding Board: Statement in response to Ofsted report

Steve Ashley, Independent Chair of Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, Ofsted statement:

19 November 2014

Statement in response to Ofsted report into Rotherham children's services

Ofsted report will aid improvements in culture and practice, says Rotherham Council.

19 November 2014

Partner organisations sign up to customer promises

Partner organisations in Rotherham have signed up to a single set of customer standards providing a Rotherham-wide commitment to delivering high quality services against their promises.

19 November 2014

New Director of Children's Services

Rotherham Borough Council has appointed a new Strategic Director of Children’s Services.

6 November 2014

Rotherham Borough Council's response to Department of Education announcement

The government has announced it is to appoint a Children's Social Care Commissioner to oversee children's and young people's services in Rotherham, for an initial period of three months.

7 October 2014

Additional funding for Rotherham charities to help victims of child sexual exploitation

Charities and voluntary organisations in Rotherham are to be given more funding to help victims of child sexual exploitation, as the first allocations from a £120,000 funding package are determined.

2 October 2014

Buddies spread the word at Rotherham Show!

Mums and mums-to-be flocked to the One Town, One Community tent at Rotherham show, where the Rotherham Breast Buddies stall gave out information on breastfeeding and local groups.

30 September 2014

Statement regarding Joyce Thacker

Statement from Rotherham Borough Council regarding Joyce Thacker:

19 September 2014

Statement from Cllr Paul Lakin

Statement delivered by Cllr Paul Lakin, Leader of the Council, at a meeting of the Council on Wednesday 10 September 2014:

11 September 2014

Statement from Martin Kimber

Statement from Martin Kimber, RMBC Chief Executive, regarding Joyce Thacker, RMBC Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families

28 August 2014

Statement from Joyce Thacker

Statement from Joyce Thacker, RMBC Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families

28 August 2014

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation

The Council's response to the Independent Inquiry from Alexis Jay:

26 August 2014

Schools Go for Gold

Children, parents and staff from schools across the borough recently took part in a Rotherham Charter Gold celebration event at the New York Stadium.

8 July 2014

Report Highlights Pressures on Rotherham GP Services

Growing pressures on the borough’s GP services has been identified in a special report by Rotherham's Health Select Commission.

8 July 2014

Charity cheque presentation

Building control officers from across South Yorkshire and the Humber swapped their inspection routines last month to raise money for one very special building!

4 July 2014

Schools prepare for free school meals

Schools across the borough are busy preparing for the introduction of free school meals for all young children.

12 May 2014

Children's centre consultation

Consultation with local communities could lead to two more children's centres in Rotherham staying open following the 12 week consultation period that ended yesterday (Wednesday, April 30).

1 May 2014

National Award for Child Sexual Exploitation Partnership

Rotherham's Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Team have been successful following their recent nomination for a prestigious national award.

21 March 2014

Plan for more integrated working

The Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are making sure health and social care is put in the hands of local people through delivery of the Better Care Fund.

24 February 2014

Outstanding facilities for special needs students at Rotherham College

Youngsters with complex special needs going on to further education in Rotherham are to have a specialised service in the future.

8 January 2014

Child exploitation review finds commitment and good practice

An independent review by children’s charity Barnardo’s has found that the Council and other local agencies are fully committed to addressing child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

12 December 2013

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