Thousands of UK children vulnerable to abuse Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, an imam from Leicester and Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain , said: “We welcome the findings of this report, but particularly the recommendations within it, which we believe provide vital tools in the quest to eliminate and eradicate this heinous crime from all our communities.” Unheard Voiceschallenged a myth commonly repeated in the British media suggesting that child sexual exploitation is mainly a racial crime in which Asian men target white girls. Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), a national police body, says child sexual exploitation spans “all cultures and ethnicities” – but acknowledges that cultural factors may help to explain why research to date suggests most victims are white. The Muslim Women’s Network report has united frontline agencies and community leaders in their determination to raise awareness of the issue in minority communities – and to tackle a crime that has risen rapidly up the political agenda in the UK. Police forces across the UK have dramatically raised the importance they have given to child sexual exploitation in recent years. Greater Manchester Police has made it a top policing priority, and recent awareness initiatives have been launched by police in the northern counties of Durham, Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Police in West Yorkshire, which has high Asian and Muslim populations, unveiled a hard-hitting video on September 29 featuring parents whose children have been victims of child sexual exploitation as part of its on-going ” Know the Signs ” campaign. Detective Chief Inspector Susan Jenkinson, the force’s head of safeguarding, said that officers trying to combat child sexual exploitation did not approach this as an ethnic minority issue – yet were fully aware of the special problems faced by Asian and Muslim children. DCI Jenkinson said: “For me it’s not a minority issue: there are people committing horrendous crimes against children, and it’s the children that the police, social care and all the partner agencies and third-sector workers want to protect. “I don’t want it to become a race or minority issue: it’s something that we should all be looking at together to try and prevent it happening and get the people who are committing these offences to justice.” The approach taken by West Yorkshire Police reflects a practice now gaining ground in this area that stresses multi-agency partnerships where officers work with a host of other bodies in local safeguarding units to identify and tackle the crime. In areas such as Bradford, this enables community leaders to help in ways that take account of cultural factors. Awareness is seen as key to reducing the risk of child sexual exploitation in minority communities, and groups such as Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) work alongside parents and carers of children at risk. The organisation has worked withMuslim and Sikh families where children have been victims,and some of the parents it has helped teamed up with West Yorkshire Police in its video. People are beginning to acknowledge that the problem of child sexual exploitation is much bigger than anyone ever was willing to acknowledge. -Fleur Strong, deputy chief executive of PACE Fleur Strong, deputy chief executive of PACE, said: “We are aware of children within those communities who are being sexually exploited and also acutely aware of the added difficulties and sometimes social restraints that these families are experiencing.
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Abu Dhabi: The UAE Navy and UK Royal Navy Task Group on Monday launched joint military exercises across the UAE to safeguard maritime security, economic prosperity, and freedom of navigation in the region, a top UK commander said. The war games codenamed Sea Khanjar, which will last until October 9, will see the UK Response Force Task Group deploys a range of the Royal Navys capabilities, said Commodore Paddy McAlpine, Commander UK Task Group, which forms part of the Royal Navys Response Force Task Group (RFTG). RFTG is the UKs high readiness maritime force, comprising ships, submarines, aircraft and a landing force of Royal Marines, ready at short notice to act in response to any contingency tasking as required by our government. Commodore McAlpine said he was proud to be commanding the Task Group in this years Cougar deployment. This demonstrates the Royal Navy and UKs enduring commitment to the security of the UAE and is an excellent opportunity to build on our strong defence relationship. The Response Force Task Group was formed in 2011 and is based around a Lead Commando Group and provides the UK with a deployable, very high readiness, flexible capability. In order that this capability can be fully maintained for UK contribution to international defence and security, the task group deploys annually, conducting a series of exercises, to something we call Cougar, Commodore McAlpine said. He added this years Cougar deployment has already operated in the Mediterranean and Red Sea, before arriving in the Gulf. Cougar 13 involves exercising with Gulf partner nations in order that together we can safeguard our shared interests of maritime security and economic prosperity, and effectively cooperate on issues such as freedom of navigation in the region. While in the Gulf my Task Group will exercise its capability and continue to strengthen relationships with key partners in the region. The Task Group is not the only Royal Navy presence in the Gulf region. RFTG has ships permanently in the Gulf region, building on our persistent presence engaged with our partners on matters of defence and security. Commodore McAlpine said the Response Force Task Group will be exercising across the UAE. We will be active offshore, and on land. This gives the Royal Navy an excellent opportunity to test the full extent of our ability to undertake force protection measures, air defence exercises and also for the Royal Marines to be able to exercise their amphibious capabilities. He said the exercise will be jointly commanded by the UK and UAE military and will be conducted offshore and on land. This gives the UK and UAE an excellent opportunity to test the full extent of our collective ability to undertake force protection measures, air defence exercises and also for the Royal Marines and UAE Presidential Guard to exercise their amphibious capabilities.
Ed Davey, speaking at the Royal Society yesterday, said that the UK would have to face up to its historical responsibility for climate change when considering the sticky problem of how much carbon dioxide each country should be allowed to emit in the future. Clearly we have to take, as a developed country and one of the historic emitters of lots of carbon, we have to take the cuts and the deepest cuts, he said, adding: That is part of our policy. Davey was speaking alongside Thomas Stocker, who co-chaired Working Group 1 of the fifth IPCC report , launched on Friday in Stockholm. In the report, scientists agree for the first time on a carbon budgetthe amount of carbon that humans can emit before temperatures tip over the 2C threshold, which is acknowledged to be the level at which the climate change impacts would become catastrophic. According to the report ( PDF P.20 ), the climate can absorb approximately 1000GT of greenhouse gasesof which humans have already used up about two thirds. The carbon budget is a controversial addition to the report, which scientists and governments stayed up debating into the early hours of Friday morning. While the report stops short of recommending policy, it implies that countries must allocate this carbon budget in a way that is fair and equitable. While Davey said he didnt know exactly how much the UK ought to be entitled to, he said that, as a concept, it fitted well with existing UK policy, which sets new emissions reductions targets to be met every five years. The UK Climate Change Act established a target for the UK to reduce its emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. I think one of the attractive things about the carbon budget is it fits very well into the carbon budget we have in the UK, he said. Were committed to reducing our emissions, and that really is the plain answer. Our carbon budgets are all about reducing our emissions. We know that some countries are still going to have to increase them [emissions] over the next few years, and hopefully it will peak soon and start coming down. He also added that the UN climate meeting in Paris was a huge opportunity in terms of reaching a worldwide agreement, particularly when driven by new leadership from China on climate change, and warned against becoming disillusioned with the state of international negotiations. He said: Im worried there are people who have been campaigning a long time in this area who are disillusioned themselvesI think there is a view out there that internationally we can never come to an agreement.
UK will face “deep cuts” to meet global emission budget
Championing private enterprise as the best way of improving living standards, Cameron responded directly to that charge. “I see that Labour have stopped talking about the debt crisis and now they talk about the cost of living crisis. As if one wasn’t directly related to the other,” he said. “If you want to know what happens if you don’t deal with a debt crisis… and how it affects the cost of living… just go and ask the Greeks,” he said, invoking Greece’s economic crisis. “LAND OF OPPORTUNITY” Cameron branded Labour’s business tax plans as “crazy”. “Last week, Labour proposed to put up corporation tax on our biggest and most successful employers,” he said. “That is just about the most damaging, nonsensical, twisted economic policy you could possibly come up with.” The Conservatives are a party of aspiration and tax cuts, he told delegates, saying only they could deliver what he called a “land of opportunity” rather than Labour’s “land of despair”. “Profit, wealth creation, tax cuts, enterprise: these are not dirty, elitist words – they’re not the problem, they really are the solution, because it’s not government that creates jobs, it’s businesses,” said Cameron. Signs of a recovery had been helping Cameron to regain ground in the opinion polls but Labour drew further ahead again after promising to take on vested interests, tax bankers more and freeze energy bills.