Our work is all about helping faith communities to be more resilient against child sexual exploitation and different forms of harm. This means we work in and with faith communities, as well as practitioners who engage with them from different sectors.

We aim to raise awareness and help people be equipped to better prevent, recognise and respond to child sexual exploitation. Through interfaith events we work to build cohesion between faith and non-faith communities by developing meaningful partnerships and friendships. We all have common concerns and a cause for action in safeguarding children and young people.

News and stories of child sexual exploitation are often falsely racialised, and we work to address how Muslims and Christians are targeted in particular. Research tells us that victims, survivors and perpetrators of abuse are found in many different contexts, but the media coverage has often ignored those who fall outside of the narratives; choosing instead to fuel a narrow stereotype. We believe failing to challenge this would be a disservice to the survivors of child sexual exploitation and risks allowing fear to divide and damage our communities.

As faith communities, we have a critical role in protecting children and young people, and we’re committed to building resilience within our organisations and our communities by working with families and services that engage with them.

Our values


We honour and value the contributions that our faiths bring towards addressing child sexual exploitation. This is reflected through representation of both of our faiths in each stage of our work including planning, consultation and delivery.


As part of our compassion-centred approach, we tackle victim-blaming behaviour and language to encourage a deeper understanding around issues like choice, consent and coercion. We promote a complex understanding of abuse and its impact on survivors, families and perpetrators.


We work towards every child in our community having a safe, meaningful and just childhood. One that is free from abuse, discrimination and prejudice that prevent adequate safeguarding. When adults are better equipped to act, children are better protected.


We unpack ideas around race, ethnicity and religion and their role in abuse and safeguarding, promoting peace between communities. When misleading information is properly challenged, people are better informed to safeguard children and young people.

Our team


Pastor at Hope Church Luton, and Executive for Churches Together in Luton

Tony is an ordained, long standing church leader in Luton and serves on the executive of Churches Together in Luton. Tony leads Hope Church Luton, which is heavily involved in working in the local community, and brings together people from many different nations.

Chair of Lantern

Rehana is a scholar with the Centre of Expertise for Child Sexual Abuse, is involved in various local initiatives and teaches at a Mosque. Rehana is Chair of Governors at Challney High School for Girls and consults with local authority on several issues including Islamophobia.


Director of St Mary’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

Representative of Luton Council of Mosques

Leadership Committee

Director at Youthscape Centre for Research

Lucie Shuker is Director of Research at Youthscape, leading a range of research projects exploring youth work and young people’s lives. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire where she previously conducted research around child sexual exploitation, and a Visiting Research Fellow at London School of Theology.

Chair of Discover Islam

Sufian is a talented teacher with extensive management experience. He is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and is the Director of Teaching School for Chiltern Learning Trust. He holds various posts within the voluntary sector in Luton, these include Trustee roles in Discover Islam Luton, Luton Town Football Club Community Trust, Culture Trust, Luton Foodbank and Working Options.

CEO of Azalea

Ruth Robb is CEO of Azalea and leads and writes global consultations on community solutions around commercial sexual exploitation. Ruth is especially inspired by the emergence of new projects and brings over 30 years of professional experience.

Manager of Inspire FM

Representative of Luton Sunni Council of Mosques


Melissa is driven by work that supports people facing hardship and faith-based projects, and works with several local charities in varied capacities.

Robert Lightowler is the project coordinator for FACES. He has retired from teaching and pastoring a church and devotes time to promoting abuse prevention and survivor support. He also works alongside prisoners.

Nigel Taylor joined FACES as a part-time project coordinator in October 2021. He is currently a Church leader and also volunteers in a variety of roles in both Luton and Central Bedfordshire; often involving statutory authorities. He has a history of youth-work in churches and also working with people from different backgrounds.  

Mubin has previously worked with victims as a domestic and sexual violence support worker, focusing on their emotional recovery and safeguarding. He is currently undertaking a master’s in Russian Studies. 


Contact us by email at admin@faces.org.uk


We're based in Luton, Bedfordshire

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