Abuse thrives in silence and denial, so one of our main aims is to take opportunities, as people of faith – to speak out about this injustice. When we speak up, it may make it easier for victims to tell someone what is happening to them, and it challenges the secrecy that abusers rely on.

But it is not just the speaking that matters – it is the speaking up together. As Muslims and Christians, we believe that our faiths are an inspiration for tackling injustices of every kind. Abuse occurs in every community, and we believe our best chance to prevent this is by working together in partnership.

Nick Marsh, Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse

I found the FACES conference one of the most interesting events I have attended all year. It was fantastic to see an event that engaged members of public and professionals. It placed the voices of lesser heard people and communities at the heart of the conversation. The event was both informative and challenging. It reinforced the point that it is the responsibility of services and professionals to engage all members of our society. Engaging lesser heard people and communities has to be an ongoing commitment, not an event. It takes time to build trust.

Sarah Hegarty, The Children's Society

I was very honoured to be invited to the FACES conference and hear about the progress FACES has made within Luton so far. Working with faith communities to prevent CSE is extremely important. I have come away feeling very inspired to see how we could continue to work alongside FACES in the future.

Attendee, The Faces We Fail to See

These are conversations that we desperately need to have in Luton and I am pleased that FACES have initiated them.

Attendee, The Faces We Fail to See

It was important for my colleagues to hear things that we are not able to say to them ourselves.

Robert Lightowler, Courageous Exchange

The FACES conference was a hub of inspiration and action for a critical time. Different faiths and cultures unite because we care about our children’s future. We want to bring about lasting change in our communities to protect our children by equipping those who care for them. Understanding what child abuse does to a person and how they can journey through to transformation offers hope and change that saves lives and transforms broken people.
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