Faiths Against Child Sexual Exploitation held their third conference on Thursday evening where local people from across sectors and faiths came to explore challenges to identifying and responding to child sexual exploitation and abuse, and to discuss how perceptions around faith, ethnicity and gender can impact safeguarding responses.

Members from local mosques, churches, charities, community groups, schools and the local authority welcomed speakers from The Centre of Expertise on child sexual abuse and other experienced practitioners who work with children from lesser heard communities and adults who were victims of child sexual abuse.¬†FACES works to bring faith communities together to raise awareness of and challenge misleading narratives around child sexual exploitation in order to better serve victims of abuse and support professionals who work with young people. Thursday’s conference saw over 90 local people, mostly from faith communities, approach difficult issues and demonstrate the importance of these issues to our mosques and churches in Luton.

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