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SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN DISCUSSION FORUM – STATEMENT OF THANKS

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Dear Members and Parents,
 
Assalamu Alaymum.
 
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the KSIMC of London, we would like to convey our whole hearted and sincere thanks to all those members and parents that attended, contributed and participated in Safeguarding Children Discussion Forum that took place on 18th May 2012.
 
Alhamdullilah it was a good turn out of over 300 attendees.
 
Whilst this subject is one that is thought provoking, creating strong emotions amongst us all, Friday night’s forum was approached with a mature, responsible and open minded manner by all those in attendance, as reflected in the fact that most were keen to extend the discussions for an extra hour until 11.30pm. InshaAllah this bodes well for our Community as we continue to take infant steps on the journey in to the realms of Safeguarding.
 
We look forward to further sessions being arranged in the future, by the soon to be formed Hujjat Safeguarding Panel. More on this over the next few days inshAllah.
 
We would also like to thank our Guest speakers who enlightened us with their expertise, words of encouragement and assistance in raising awareness as we look to take the next steps collectively in integrating safeguarding arrangements within the Community.
 
Paulette Lewis – Allegations Manager and Local Authority Designate Officer (LADO) for Harrow
Bruce Marshall – Safeguarding Specialist (ex Met Police Detective responsible for investigating child abuse cases over 14 years)
Dr Abbas Khakoo – Consultant Paediatrician and Director of Paediatrics for NHS London and Hospital Lead for Safeguarding (Hillingdon)
Mohammed Sadiq Mamdani – Founder of Muslim Youth Helpline, Ansar Youth Project and Al Mizan Charitable Trust – extensive experience of working with child abuse victims
 
As mentioned last night, true Safeguarding is about more than just a series of polices, training and CRB Checks. Any policy and training is only as good as its application. Therefore we will have a role to play behaviourally, in order to ensure a Safeguarding culture within our community.
 
As always, please continue to remember us all in your duas.
 
With Salaams
 
Kassam Jaffer
Hon. Secretary
For & On Behalf Of:
KSIMC of London

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