Pace’s policy development aims to enable parents’ voices to be heard in the implementation of policies affecting sexually exploited children, so that best practice is guaranteed nationwide.
Pace believes that multi-agency working is essential to ensure parents’ needs are met and responded to. We work collaboratively – with parents, practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders – to improve and influence policy.
We achieve this by:
- Facilitating dialogue between parents and other stakeholders including ministers, MPs, local councillors, civil servants and members of safeguarding children boards.
- Providing written and oral evidence by parents to major policy reports and plans, including the Department for Education Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation Action Plan (Nov 2011), the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Child Sexual Exploitation Action Plan (Oct 2012) and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner interim report on Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (Nov 2012)
- Membership of national strategic bodies, including the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People (current chair)
- Inviting parents to address government ministers, MPs and statutory agency professionals at Pace’s biannual national conference.