SAFETY messages about child sexual exploitation (CSE), grooming and online safety were highlighted at a women’s conference supported by Tameside Safeguarding Children’s Board (TSCB).
The conference – attended by more than 800 women - was arranged and hosted by the Tameside branch of SPA (Shree Prajapati Association), a registered charity that aims to advance Hindu religion and education.
The audience heard from several speakers, including the Tameside Phoenix Team – a collaboration of organisations including the Council, police and health partners which aims to tackle child sexual exploitation. TSCB, the partnership responsible for making sure children are kept safe in Tameside, provided funding towards information packs on CSE for delegates to take home with them.
TSCB Business Manager Stewart Tod said: “It’s important we raise awareness of child sexual exploitation issues and how to keep children safe to all communities and this event was a great opportunity to highlight some of these key messages to women, mothers and families who may be harder to reach through some of the more mainstream channels. Many thanks to SPA Tameside for asking us to be involved.”
Jitubhai C. Mistry, SPA UK President, said: “We are aware grooming and child sexual exploitation are not topics discussed in our households. However, we need to face reality.
“It’s time our community understand there is help out there. I am proud of the programme we have put together and shows how progressive our community is.”
SPA was established in 1975 and now has 14 branches spread throughout England. Find out more at www.prajapati.org.uk
For information on TSCB see https://www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk and for information on CSE and where to get help see the It’s Not Okay website at www.itsnotokay.co.uk.