Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation

Set up in 1997, Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) is the only national charity working exclusively alongside parents and carers of children who are, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited (CSE) by perpetrators external to the family. Pace Parent Support Workers work with parents one-to-one, by telephone or face to face to provide: information, advice; guidance; emotional support; advocacy; support through investigations and court; and, opportunities to meet other affected parents. Pace also offers guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family. Parents come to Pace a result of referrals from the police, social services and other NGOs plus self-referrals.

1. National Parent Support
Pace offers parents and carers access to an on-going and long term free telephone-based support and information via a specialist team of National Parent Support Workers. Parents can be referred to Pace via the police, social services, third sector organisations and self-referral. The team:
> talks through immediate concerns with parents
> help assess the level of danger that a child is in
> signpost to agencies in an area for local support.
> provide information for notifying police and social care
> provide practical tips for logging information and gathering evidence
> can match a parent with a local volunteer befriender for further emotional support

2. Parent Network Days
Network days are designed to provide parents with a space to reflect and relax with other parents who understand what it is for a family to experience child sexual exploitation. Three are held a year âÂÂ?ÂÂ? currently in Leeds and Birmingham.

3. Pace Parent Online Forum
The Pace parent forum is a free secure space for parents to connect online to get to know each other and to share experiences, information on what works, news, and support to keep going when things are difficult. The forum is a safe, private space for parents to connect with each other that is hosted within our website. We are confident that our mitigation measures greatly minimise any risk in participating in the forum and hope that parents feel fully safe to contribute.

4. Pace Keep them safe: an interactive tool for parents
Pace, has launched an interactive online information package for parents on the signs of child sexual exploitation. This free tool is designed to equip parents with the information and knowledge to safeguard children from this abuse. The package quickly gives you the knowledge and information to be confident in recognising and tackling this abuse. The tool is interactive and will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, but can be completed and reviewed at your own pace. The resource assists parents in keeping children safe by helping them to:
> know more about child sexual exploitation
> know the signs and indicators of when a child might be being exploited
> appreciate the impact child sexual exploitation can have on families
> know what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this abuse

5. Commissioning Pace
Co-located Pace Parent Support Workers formed part of four multi-agency hub co-located teams in 2013 and our national partnerships team consulted with statutory partners in a total of 27 different areas across the UK. Independent parent support workers build bridges, open doors and maintain mutually respectful relationships between statutory agencies and families in order to maximise the ability of all parties to safeguard a child who is at risk of, or being, sexually exploited


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Victim Care

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I do not want to report the crime to the police but I still want support

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