Through research, inquiries and guidance from leading charities and authorities we repeatedly learn that when it comes to safeguarding, ethnicity, gender and faith are not things that can be overlooked.
I recently wrote in response to the Quilliam Foundation’s report on CSE. I asserted then, as I continue to do so, that to racialise both victims and perpetrators of CSE is damaging and exposes all our children and young people to harm. I mentioned an encounter I had with a young, Pakistani Muslim woman - … Continue reading “Invitation to Brave Space” – Let’s talk about racism
This week, the Times published an article which documented the story of Shamima Begum, one of the three 15-year-old girls from Britain who travelled together to Syria around 4 years ago. The journalist, Anthony Loyd, had traced Shamima to a refugee camp in Syria. Heavily pregnant at the time of the interview, the now 19-year-old … Continue reading Shamima Begum: Children, Grooming and Consent
Maajid Nawaz, self-styled Islamic ‘reformer’ and Founder of the Quilliam Foundation recently tweeted: ...Yet more ‘grooming gang’ (racially aggravated gang rape) convictions. Once again, all convicted are of my own heritage: British Pakistani Muslim. And there are more to come. Enough with the denial. Name it. Shame it. Protect the children. This tweet is the … Continue reading ‘Name it. Shame it. Protect the children’