Earlier today in Bradford, leading Muslim, child protection, victim support and civil rights organisations launched a ground-breaking, cross-community response to the problem of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’.
Led by London Peace Network members Islamic Society of Britain, and HOPE not hate, the ‘Community Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation’ (CAASE) will meet head-on the communal challenges raised by child sexual exploitation of vulnerable young girls and women.
“CAASE believes that local and national grassroots and faith organisations are often best-placed to reach out into the communities most beset by this problem.”
Working across child protection services, with local authorities, schools, faith communities and the police, CAASE will develop a proactive response to the growing problem of on-street grooming, raising awareness, educating and developing community-led responses.
The initiative is being supported by faith and civic leaders including the Church of England, the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Youth Helpline, Muslim Community Helpline, Federation of Muslim Organisations, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), Faith Associates, the Christian Muslim Forum, City Sikhs Network, plus women’s rights networks including Inspire, the Henna Foundation, and Making Herstory.
“CAASE is looking to help develop positive local cross-community initiatives across the country. If you would like to help get a local coalition together or would like to share some work you are already doing then please get in contact by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Professional guidance is being provided by Victim Support, plus STREET, which works with at-risk young people, and NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) which specialises in support for abuse survivors.
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