Response to the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Koulla Yiasouma, Director of Include Youth, said in response to the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), led by Kathleen Marshall:
“Include Youth has engaged thoroughly with Professor Marshall’s Inquiry and has supported a group of young people to make their recommendations regarding this issue.
“As the report has pointed out, ‘the young people placed great importance on the need for greater educative approaches for addressing CSE, including the education of young people, parents and others, feeling supported and empowering young people. The young people felt too much emphasis is placed on giving adults more power to control them, and recommended that the response focus more on empowering young people instead.’
“The sexual exploitation of our children and young people is an issue that must be tackled across our whole society we cannot just leave it to social services and the police.
“The young people we work with are clear that prevention and awareness alongside sound protection and law enforcement is crucial.
“The report highlights the significant risk indicators but it is important to recognise that young people vulnerable to CSE, might also be vulnerable to other things such as drugs and alcohol. These young people are vulnerable and should be supported appropriately.”
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: for more information contact Sharon Whittaker, Communications Officer at Include Youth on 028 9031 1007 or firstname.lastname@example.org
View the response from the young people’s working group here & the Child Sexual Exploitation in Northern Ireland Report of the Independent Inquiry here.