15 November meeting – David Spicer on Sexual Exploitation: “They ask for it, don’t they” (please note corrected date)

Apologies for the wrong date being previously published.

(The Times)

David Spicer is a retired barrister who was the Lead Reviewer and author of the Report published in February 2018 following the Joint Serious Case Review into Sexual Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults in Newcastle upon Tyne. This was high profile review and the Report which included local and national recommendations for government attracted widespread attention of the media. A Parliamentary Debate in June 2018 addressed issues in the Report.

The Review concerned the circumstances of a conservative estimate of 700 victims of sexual exploitation. The criminal investigation led to convictions of a significant number of abusers and sentences of 28 years imprisonment. Previous high-profile reviews and inquiries (Oxfordshire, Rochdale and Rotherham) have considered sexual exploitation of children. The Newcastle Review also concerned sexual exploitation of young adults with learning disabilities. This Review benefited from significant involvement from the victims who gave evidence in the criminal trials.

Mr Spicer’s presentation will consider the process and the findings, including what we know about what makes victims vulnerable and the profiles of abusers, the role of communities, and the recommendations which were concerned with how this serious abuse which is widespread across the country may be earlier identified or prevented.

Thursday 15 November at 7.30 pm, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. You are very welcome to come for tea and coffee from 7 pm to meet and chat with other members and guests.

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