On 26th June over 110 practitioners from across South Wales converged at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff for MAC’s first conference.
The conference had a host of national speakers and was opened by Lesley Griffiths AM who said, “I welcome the opportunity provided to share best practice in terms of preventative workshops and collaborative working from other parts of the UK and importantly to identify actions moving forward that will help improve the environment for preventing/addressing sexual exploitation of girls in South Wales”.
Nick Corrigan, Director of MAC, chaired the conference and said, “These girls may be our daughters, sisters, pupils or caseload. We need to work in partnership and share resources and knowledge to equip some of the most vulnerable girls in society to make better choices, become less vulnerable and not be exploited”.
The plenary was chaired by Sophie Howe, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner South Wales Police, who closed the conference reiterating the points made throughout the day of the importance of partnership working in a climate of substantial cuts.