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 of preventing it is by working together in partnership.
The Faces We Fail to See
Our latest conference in July 2019 saw around 90 people from faith, statutory and voluntary organisations in Luton come together to confront some of the challenges in recognising abuse and providing appropriate responses to victims.
At the heart of the discussions were issues of ethnicity, gender and faith, and how misconceptions around these parts of identity continue to result in safeguarding failures.
We owe a huge thanks to our speakers for sharing their expertise and to those who attended and showed their determination to protect all children and young people, particularly those who came from the faith communities where we focus our work.
We continue the work of tackling harmful perceptions and prejudices in our upcoming training ‘Safeguarding and Prejudice’, find out more about our training here.