Our work to end sexual violence

Apna Haq is a nationally recognised, sector leader in issues of sexual violence against black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls, including child sexual exploitation (CSE). We are passionate about working to end sexual violence and we take part in (and provide) training, research, studies and partnerships to call for an end to this enormous violation of people’s human rights.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) NHS toolkit

In partnership with the NHS, we have been working on a psycho-social assessment model to improve communication and conversations between children, young people, and practitioners in relation to child abuse.

Part of the project was to look through existing CSE tools and collate a database of questions for children and young people to scrutinise, and change wordings/find different ways to ask questions that they would be happy to answer. We held a focus group in Rotherham with a girls and young women group to get their perspective on the proposed questions for the toolkit, of which all their suggestions were taken forward for the toolkit.

The outcome will be a national CSE toolkit (yet to be launched). In the meantime, you can find out more on the ‘Not just a thought’ website.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) Needs Analysis Report research

In the wake of child sexual exploitation (CSE) concerns in Rotherham, Public Health England is leading a longitudinal needs analysis of the population.

Apna Haq was one of the community organisations commissioned to undertake research with the Asian community, to gain access to this under-represented minority population of Rotherham. We sought to engage with a wide variety of religious, educational, advocacy, and other Asian community-based organisations in addition to community activists in order to access a broad range of people within the Asian community of Rotherham.

Read more on Our research page.

The Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE)

WISE is a global program, social network and grassroots social justice movement led by Muslim women. Apna Haq Chief Executive, Zlakha Ahmed, as part of her role as a WISE Shura Council member, has been contributing experiences, knowledge and understanding towards forced marriage and child bride issues.

'Stop it Now' seminar

Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a child sexual abuse prevention campaign which supports adults to play their part in prevention through providing sound information. Through this child abuse awareness programme, adults who care for children can act to stop child abuse. This session was run at the Unity Centre targeting Apna Haq staff and service users and Directors. Sessions were then delivered to Wah Hong and Mama Africa group members.

South Yorkshire annual Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

Our CEO, Zlakha Ahmed, is a listed trainer for the National Working Group on Muslim communities and CSE and is regularly asked to speak at the various county forums on these issues. She delivered two workshops enabling BME young people/communities to understand and become aware of CSE and will redeliver this workshop at the National Working Group annual CSE conference in 2018.

Truth Project

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), led by Prof. Alexis Jay, is investigating the extent to which institutions in England and Wales failed to protect children from sexual abuse. The Truth Project was launched to encourage victims and survivors of CSE to share their experiences so that institutions can learn for the future.