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Raising awareness about child sexual exploitation in my community

Ann Page, Early Help School Support Advisor, Walsall Council Having worked with young people in Walsall for many years I knew it was really important to try and improve the awareness about the prevalence and impact of child sexual exploitation…

Parents keep fighting for their child

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, we are sharing the voices of our volunteer befrienders. Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) volunteer befrienders play a vital role in delivering Pace’s goal: to work with parents to end child sexual exploitation….

The reason I volunteer is to make a difference

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, we are sharing the voices of our volunteer befrienders. Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) volunteer befrienders play a vital role in delivering Pace’s goal: to work with parents to end child sexual exploitation….

The gift of listening

Listening is often a great gift you can give someone. You are changing their reality and providing a space for them to gather themselves and become resilient. Volunteer befrienders come from all walks of life, we have academics, counsellors, affected…

Multi-agency child sexual exploitation team marks its ten-year anniversary

A multi-agency child sexual exploitation team working in partnership with families to disrupt abuse, convict perpetrators and protect children at risk is marking its ten-year anniversary. The Engage team is one of three multi-agency child sexual exploitation (CSE) teams working…

Supporting and working alongside parents is vital

“I don’t know what that woman who is working with my Mum is doing, but tell her thank you” Recent feedback from a CSE survivor shows the vital work Pace have done in enabling parents to understand CSE which, in…

Call of Duty: Heroes – app of the week

Call of Duty: Heroes is a game from the makers of the popular Call of Duty franchise. Players can team up with friends to take on opponents and build armies in war-based scenarios. It is possible to connect with other…

Cake – app of the week

Cake allows users to discover, flirt and meet new people from around the world. You can connect instantly and video chat with girls and/or guys. There is a random chat feature which allows you to talk to someone chosen at…

Bumble – app of the week

Bumble is an app which can be used for dating, finding friends or making business/work links. The app is unlike other connection apps in that the woman always makes the first move, and if she doesn’t say something to a…

BoyAhoy – app of the week

BoyAhoy is a global network for meeting gay men. You can meet men by preference and proximity, chat, see who checked you out, get updates from nearby users, buy and send gifts, save your favorite users, browse profiles and pictures,…

Boom Beach – app of the week

Boom Beach is a hugely popular game for both iOS and Android in which you can create clans with other users to attack other players’ bases. Players can also communicate with each other by sharing ‘intel’ on other players. The…

Blendr – app of the week

Blendr is an app created by the same makers as Grindr (a popular gay dating app) and is powered by Badoo, meaning the set up of these two apps is largely the same. Users use the app to chat, flirt…

Binweevils – app of the week

Binweevils is a very popular children’s game which is accessed both via computer and app. Players create their own customisable ‘nest’. It possible for players to chat between each other. Read more about Binweevils: https://www.binweevils.com/parents_overview https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin_Weevils App of the week…

Bigo live – app of the week

Bigo Live is an app for users aged 17 and over, which allows you to stream (broadcast) live videos of yourself. You can follow and chat to other users, they can follow and chat to you and you can send…

BBM – app of the week

BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) is an app used for chatting, sharing images, sharing your location and voice calls. Until 2013, BBM was only available for chatting between BlackBerry devices, however it is now possible for iPhone and Android users to use…

Blizzard Battle.net – app of the week

Battle.net is a gaming platform which hosts games and allows players to connect via its social network. Users can connect and chat with one another and see what games each other are playing. Read more about Blizzard Battle.net https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle.net https://www.blizzard.com/en-us/…

Badoo – app of the week

Badoo is a dating-focused social network for users aged 18 and over with over 330 million users, making it one of the world’s most widely used dating networks. The developers make it clear that Badoo is not for teens and…

ASKfm – app of the week

ASKfm is a global social networking site where users create profiles and can send each other questions to answer. It was once a form of anonymous social media that encouraged questions to be submitted anonymously. It has 215 million users…

Animal jam – app of the week

Animal Jam is a children’s game with over 70 million registered players. Players create an animal with an anonymous 3-part name, dress it up and control it in the gameplay environment. The game contains a private chat area where players…

Amino – app of the week

Amino lets users access and contribute to like-minded communities on a range of subjects including bands, books and hobbies. There is a strong anime culture on amino. When you tap a community, you can view its description, community guidelines and…

Why the voice of the parent matters more than ever

By Tom Duffin, Head of Policy, Research and Communications at Pace. When I read a novel, my mind creates an image of each character. I have a rich picture and a level of detail which goes beyond the author’s script….

Volunteer befrienders – a crucial part of the work we do

A vital part of the service we offer at Pace is volunteer befriending. Our volunteers are paired with affected parents, usually nearby, and offer a listening, non-judgmental ear. Over the years, we have found this increases resilience and reduces the…

Working alongside parents seminar with NWG

The Parent Action Group within Pace and the NWG co-hosted the first ‘Working Alongside Parents Seminar’ in May. Bringing together agencies and partners across the UK, including parents, community organisations, police and support services, this event formed a co-productive approach…

Parent Action Group Open Meeting

The Parent Action Group within Pace work to campaign on issues on behalf of all affected families and parents. The steering group of 8 members meet regularly to discuss priorities for parents and families. Using their lived experience of CSE,…

Pace fundraising runs

Pace (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) are going to race in the Bradford City Runs 5k 10k and half marathon fun run on October 30th to raise money. Donate Now >> Pace is a national charity established to work alongside…

Post from a parent

My wife and I only have great things to say about this wonderful charity. During the aftermath of our daughter being the victim of child sexual exploitation and then whilst she has been kept safe in an appropriate psychological/therapeutic/educational care…

Seriously Awkward – an update from The Children’s Society

We are pleased to bring you the latest blog from The Children’s Society on their Seriously Awkward campaign… Stand up for children’s rights Because of legal inconsistencies there is a dangerous lack of understanding about how situations where 16 and…

CSE on Woman’s Hour

CSE was discussed on BBC Radio 4 this morning by Jayne Senior, former manager of a youth project in Rotherham called Risky Business – working with girls at risk of and experiencing sexual abuse. Jayne talked candidly about how she…

Parents Speak Out in Westminster

A report which says parents are still not being included in the safeguarding of children at risk of being sexually exploited will be officially launched at a Westminster reception today. The report, compiled by the Parent Action Group (PAG) within…

Children’s residential care – consultation

The Department for Education is currently undertaking a consultation on children’s residential care and welcome responses from groups or individuals. You can read the consultation documentation here: Children’s Residential Care Review The consultation closes on 31st December.  

#seriouslyawkward and you

Clare Bracey is a Senior Campaigner at The Children’s Society, leading the organisation’s Youth at Risk campaigning work. This currently includes the charity’s priority campaign Seriously Awkward – calling on the Government to strengthen the law to protect 16 and…

Why parents need Pace

A mum whose daughter is a victim of CSE talks honestly about her experience… I still remember the night she went missing. I went to pick her up, and she wasn’t there. So I drove around, from place to place,…