faith, child protection & civil rights groups to tackle ‘on-street
focus on minority as well as mainstream communities, encouraging better reporting,
education, zero tolerance
fight anti-Muslim hatred connected to grooming cases
Support, national Muslim & grassroots community organisations all involved,
plus senior faith leaders
event 10th May 2013, Bradford
LONDON, UK – In the aftermath of the terrible events reported in
recent child sex abuse trials, leading Muslim, child protection, victim support
and civil rights organisations are launching a groundbreaking, cross-community
response to the problem of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’.
Led by the Islamic Society of
Britain (ISB), and
anti-hate civil rights movement HOPE
not hate (HNH), the ‘Community Alliance Against Sexual
Exploitation’ (CAASE) is being
launched in Bradford on 10th May. CAASE will meet head-on the communal challenges raised by child
sexual exploitation of vulnerable young girls and women.
is being supported by faith and civic leaders including 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, and the Church of England, plus women’s rights networks
including Inspire, the Henna Foundation, and Making Herstory.
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.
While there is
a great deal of good work focusing on child exploitation, more needs to be done
against the scourge of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’. Local and
national grassroots and faith organisations are often best-placed to
reach out into the communities most beset by this problem.
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.
‘This is an
appalling and abhorrent kind of behaviour which is totally unacceptable
regardless of race or religion,’ added Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Assistant Secretary
General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). ‘Some of those perpetrators who
have recently been convicted happen to be from the Muslim community, so we need
to be at the very front of the voice that is condemning this. It is important
that leaders of religious communities speak out against this deplorable and
abhorrent behaviour by adults toward vulnerable children.’
CAASE ‘Call to Action’
• Zero tolerance for all abuse
• Faith and community leaders must speak
out against this criminal act
• We must listen to and support those at
risk, and survivors of abuse, with compassion and understanding
is not a single-community issue and should not be used to promote hatred
+++NOTES FOR EDITORS+++
CAASE launch event:
Date: Friday 10 May 2013
Manningham Mills Community Centre, The Silk Warehouse, Lilycroft Road, Bradford
Speakers to include: Bradford Council of Mosques, the Bishop of Bradford,
Bradford City Council, West Yorkshire Police, and Victim Support.
#no2grooming #stopabuse #childexploitation
• Raise awareness of child sexual exploitation through
education and campaigning across all communities. It will encourage reporting
and promote services to help vulnerable young people.
• Produce training kits and background factsheets on
the issue for faith and community leaders, so they can speak out with knowledge
and confidence. It will produce myth-busting material to counter extremist
groups who might attempt to exploit the issue in order to divide communities
and stir up hatred.
• Develop a cross-community response, recognising that
the victims and perpetrators of child sexual exploitation come from all
backgrounds. An effective response requires communities to work together,
whilst doing more to raise awareness of this issue within their networks.
• Promote local CAASE groups in areas where on-street
grooming is currently a problem. These groups will be encouraged to raise
awareness, report incidents and promote the work of child protection agencies.
They will help underline a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude to child sexual
exploitation and develop young leaders to take the campaign into their
• Create a space for dialogue and
open discussion between and within local communities, to help break down
misconceptions, address real issues of concern and develop more effective
Sexual exploitation through street grooming can
• grooming a child for a sexual
purpose. This might involve befriending the child, gaining their
trust, giving them drugs, alcohol or gifts, asking them to perform sexual acts
as a favour or in exchange for something
• the movement of children within the
UK for the purpose of sexually abusing them (also referred to as internal
• the trafficking of children into
the UK from other countries for the purpose of sexually abusing them
• controlling a child through
physical or psychological means or through the use of drugs for a sexual
• receiving money or goods in payment
for someone to have sex with a child (also referred to as child prostitution)
• paying or exchanging goods for
sex with a child.