Bishop urges more cash to help abuse victims
THE Lord Bishop of Derby has called on the Government to "take seriously" the need to make funds available to help young women at risk or suffering from abuse.
During a House of Lords debate on women's safety, the Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern used examples of child abuse highlighted in the Derby Telegraph to show how children from well-off homes were being groomed and "drawn out of them".
And he highlighted the good work of city charity Safe and Sound, which supports victims of child sexual exploitation and their families.
He said there was a national shortfall in "therapeutic services" to deal with women who were "confused about what private space is".
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The Bishop said: "I hope that the Government will take very seriously, first, the proper resourcing of the formal services and agencies that work in this area.
"Secondly, I hope that they will take seriously the resourcing of the work by voluntary groups such as Safe and Sound, which can enter into the private space of young people and their families and friendships to help people to engage and find a way out of the terrible places into which they are drawn."
The Bishop said that, in order regulate bad behaviour, the Government "needs to be in dialogue with faith communities and churches, which are particularly concerned with people's inner motives and moral values, and the framework within which to try to live their lives".