Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation
Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) is a charitable organisation in England and Wales that works with parents of children who have been, or are at risk of being, sexually or criminally exploited. The charity was founded in 1996 as the Coalition for the Removal of Pimping (CROP) by Irene Ivison and other affected parents following the murder of Ivison's 17-year-old daughter Fiona in Doncaster.
Pace (Parents Against Child Exploitation) was formed in 1996 by Irene Ivison, whose daughter Fiona had been groomed by a known pimp, forced into prostitution, and killed at the age of 17, just three weeks after being forced onto the street and sold for sex by her boyfriend / pimp. Fiona's killer was successfully prosecuted and received a life sentence.
The charity received funding for its first parent support worker in 2002 and has since grown to a staff of 20 in 2021.
From her daughter's murder in 1993 until her own death in 2000, Ivison campaigned along with other parents to bring the issue of pimping to wider attention. Ivison published a book about her daughter in 1997 called Fiona's Story, recounting how she read of her daughter's death in the newspaper.
For her work, Ivison was nominated for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize just three days prior to her death.
Services and campaigns
Pace provides parent support workers to parents with children who are, or are vulnerable to, child sexual exploitation by perpetrators external to the family. Pace also provides training to other professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family and works as an advocate on behalf of parents to influence policy and raise awareness.
Pace has produced several publications and research papers over the years and has worked closely with the BBC on the production of special reports relating to child sexual exploitation, including a BBC Panorama episode called "Teenage Sex for Sale".
From its early days, Pace has influenced policy. Irene Ivison was consulted and helped draft the National Plan to Prevent Sexual Exploitation of Children and the Sexual Offences Review. Ivison also took up a legal challenge over what she argued was a failure on the part of police and social services to protect Fiona, which went to the European Court of Human Rights and was taken up by her other daughter, Rebecca, after her death. The case, Ivison v. UK, was ultimately ruled as inadmissible with the Court concluding that, "there has been no failure by the authorities in this case to respect the family and private life of Fiona and her mother."
Pace has been active in providing input to consultations led by the Department for Education and the Home Office and has affected the way in which guidance references support for families. Hilary Willmer, a Pace founding member and current trustee, said in respect to a 2012 DfE report: "CROP particularly welcomes the recognition that whole families suffer the devastating consequences of child sexual exploitation and need support. CROP hopes that there will also be recognition of the significant positive potential of many parents to be included as active partners in the safeguarding of children."
Pace relies on several trusts and foundations, government funding, private donors and fundraising through training events and publication sales.
Charitable trusts, foundations and government funding has been received by Pace from: Comic Relief, Dulverton Trust, Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Henry Smith Charity, John Ellerman Foundation, Leeds Community Foundation (The Funding Network), Lankelly Chase Foundation, Lloyds TSB Foundation, Peter De Haan Charitable Trust, Sir Halley Stewart Trust, Tudor Trust, National Lottery, BIG Lottery Fund, Department of Health, Department for Education.
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- "Ivison v. the United Kingdom". The European Court of Human Rights. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- "Irene Ivison Obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- The Mirror. "I thought she had fallen in love for the first time – but he was a pimp and it ended her life; A story that every parent must read; She said she was miserable and wouldn't be alive for much longer". Gale, Cengage Learning. MGN LTD.
- Prince, Rosa (31 January 1998). "Men to get lectures on kerbing their sex habits". The Independent. London. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- Ivison, Irene (1997). Fiona's Story. UK: Virago Press Ltd. ISBN 1860491995. ASIN 1860491995.
- "Irene Ivison: Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize". Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "The Scale of the Problem". BBC Panorama. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Ivison V. UK Admissibility Decision". Rosalind English. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- Loughten, Tim. "Tackling child sexual exploitation must be a priority, says minister". Department for Education. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Funding fear for Leeds grooming charity". BBC News. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2013.