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Dealing with the Hardest Issues

by Gerry Lynch last modified 17 Apr, 2015 12:20 PM

Diocese organises major regional conference on child sexual exploitation, slavery and human trafficking.

The Diocese of Salisbury has organised a major regional conference on the challenging issues of child sexual exploitation, slavery and human trafficking. 

Bishop Nicholas will give the keynote address at the conference, which will take place on 28 April at Sarum Academy. The Christian charity Tearfund, which campaigns on issues of poverty and human dignity, is also a major contributor to the day.

The Salvation Army and local police experts speak about the international and local picture and equip delegates to take action. In addition there will be live drama, films, music and reflections.

Generous sponsorship has been received from the Sarum St. Michael Trust and The Wiltshire Police Commissioner.

There are both local and global aspects to these issues. Although hard numbers are always difficult to establish, police and campaigners have little doubt that the number of children trafficked into the UK and living effectively as slaves in the country has grown significantly in recent years. Operation Yewtree has once again brought the issue of child sexual abuse to the top of public consciousness.

Barbara Meardon, the Diocesan Advisor for Work with Children and Families, said

The conference will bring a topical issue to the forefront of your thinking a ‘now’ issue by seeing the whole picture from source to the place where you live.

These problems are happening on our doorsteps. Just this month, seven men were arrested for suspected child sexual exploitation in Dorset in a string of police raids. We often feel that we don’t know what to do or how to change things, but as Christians we are called to take action.

The conference will enable you to raise awareness in your own church and help others see the part they can play in helping to identify and stop these awful crimes.

The conference will run from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm at Sarum Academy in Salisbury. The cost is £25 (standard rate) or £12 for parish attendees and volunteers. To book a place, contact Anna Tucker on anna.tucker@salisbury.anglican.org or 01722 746943.

Download a poster advertising the event here.

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