Sexual Grooming: Beyond The Headlines

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On Wednesday 22nd October 2014 (Newcastle) and On Thursday 23rd October 2014 (Middlesbrough) IDC North East held a conference on the topic of “Sexual Grooming – Beyond the Headlines”, delivered by a panel of renowned speakers. The lecture was aimed primarily at non-Muslims with an active interest in the topic, and the tone of the event was set accordingly. The timing of the event coincided with a renewed focus on the Muslim community in the wake of the “Rotherham Report”, which detailed systematic abuse of teenage girls by apparently Muslim men.

Invited speakers at the event included:

Alyas Karmani, Director of Street UK

ShahdaKhan MBE, Chair of Cleveland Police Strategic Independent Advisory Group

Wajid Malik, Imam at Middlesbrough Central Mosque

Abdul Basith Muhammad, Imam at Newcastle Central Mosque

Representative from the National Working Group against Child Sexual Exploitation


The event was held at:

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NUFC, Suite Club 206, Barrack Road, Newcastle, Wednesday 22nd October 2014 6-­9pm.

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Stephenson building, Teesside University, Thursday 23rd October 2014 6­‐9pm.


Event Videos:

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Newcastle 22nd October 2014

Middlesbrough 23rd October 2014


Feedback from the Event:

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“The event was insightful about a very real issue that has gone on for too long without being spoken about.” Beth Martin 

“Final Speaker was excellent, interesting and extremely thought provoking: An open forum also helps to have an open and honest discussion.” Nitin Shukla
“The topic and speakers were very engaging and knowledgeable. Also the people who helped were very friendly and helpful.” Katie Hilton

“I feel the information and views were delivered well, I also gained a greater understanding.” Kayleigh Lowden

“I didn’t like the whole topic but it must be talked about, its important.” Joanne Hassan

“I didn’t like it when individuals try to hijack the event to highlight their own causes.”Donnah Barnes

“Felt like some of the speakers were rushed.” Hannah Coxon