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FORUM FULL: Sexual ExploitationDate: Tues 11th June 2013
Location: Palace of Westminster
Speaker: Sarah Newton MP
Nobody warned me about sexual exploitation, nobody warned me that there are lads who drive round in their posh cars and loud music, and try to groom girls. I didn't warn my daughter. I want other parents to be aware.
(Parent, quoted by CROP, in the Tackling Child Exploitation Action Plan, Department for Education, 2011)
Sexual Exploitation is a major issue for each and every one of us living in the United Kingdom. It occurs when people use the power they have over young people, to sexually abuse them. This is often hidden from view and it can go unnoticed, but the impact on our society will not go unnoticed. The children and young people who are groomed and then abused are left traumatised and scarred for life.
We know that numbers are increasing. In January 2013, Barnardo's reported that the number of sexually exploited children known to them had risen by 22 per cent over the previous year. In addition, we know that exploitation is becoming more complex, with networks of perpetrators using the internet and social media to reach young people from all walks of life.
In this forum, we will explore what is already being done by the government, by local authorities and by the community and voluntary sector. We will find out what each of us can each do to raise awareness of the possible signs of grooming and exploitation and to teach our children and young people how to stay safe.
- Sarah Newton MP
- Holly Dustin, Director, End Violence Against Women (EVAW)
- Dominic Clout, Camden Safeguarding Board Independent Chair
- A Representative from Barnardo's
- Louise Burfitt-Dons, Act Against Bullying
For more information, please contact:
Tel: 020 7984 8139
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