Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation 2018 Conference

Morwenna, one of our CSE practitioners, is attending the Tackling CSE 2018 conference in central London today. This morning’s speakers all drew awareness to the essential need for a change in culture that recognises CSE as an issue deeply embedded among other threats such as grooming gangs, county lines, modern slavery, human trafficking and online grooming. Agencies and communities must work together in a collaborative and holistic approach whilst also providing consistency for the young person. Jon Brown, from the NSPCC, discussed their ‘Together for Childhood’ place-based initiative and Detective Superintendent Jason Hendy spoke of the institutional change in attitudes towards understanding CSE and the value of relationship building between police and young people affected by it. The gap around support and services for young people aged 16-18 has been highlighted several times and more work needs to be done around recognising that exploitation and trauma do not stop when the child turns 18. It appears that much of the development in this area will fall to voluntary organisations and it reinforces how essential our Transitional Service can be.

Christmas dinner in a box… with love

Love Norwich Christmas Hamper Appeal meets a very real and current need for people in Norwich. Food poverty is a huge problem in our city and the hamper appeal aims to relieve some of this stress and help families in need over the Christmas period. Love Norwich provides hampers for some of our service-users; in turn we support Love Norwich with donations/contributions. Please contact us on support@magdalenegroup.org if you would like more information and/or would like to help provide Christmas dinner in a box... with love.

East of England STI Conference

Becky is in Cambridge today, attending the East of England STI conference. The statistics are interesting. Chlamydia continues to be the biggest concern, with 48% of those tested, being diagnosed; syphilis being second and gonorrhea in third place with 10%. Numbers of those being diagnosed with STIs are falling however, and testing is rising - a good sign that our interventions are working.

More pictures from the Leeway conference

More pictures from the Leeway conference

More pictures from the Leeway conference

More pictures from the Leeway conference

Leeway National Domestic Abuse Conference 2018

Leeway National Domestic Abuse Conference 2018

Suzi & Jonna & Morwenna attended the Leeway conference, held at Holiday Inn - Norwich Airport, today. Now in its 3rd year, this event brings together a range of health, social, education and voluntary sector professionals united in their working resolve to end domestic violence & abuse and help its survivors and their families, and included a packed schedule of speakers and presentations for a quality learning and networking opportunity for all concerned.

Pathways Norwich

We welcomed Maria Pratt from Pathways Norwich to The Magdalene Group today. She gave an interesting & informative outline of the project, which we are pleased to be associated with. Pathways is an innovative service to support rough sleepers and people with complex needs in Norwich, delivered from hubs around the city. This is a partnership project between St Martins, Shelter, Future Projects, YMCA Norfolk, The Salvation Army, The Feed and City Reach. These seven local organisations have joined together to form this collaborative project which uses the combined strength of its members to offer a pioneering model of specialist support. Read more at : https://stmartinshousing.org.uk/local-charities-join-together-tackle-homelessness/

A fond farewell

We bid a fond farewell to Bobbie today. Bobbie joined us a student, then came to work with the Rose team, & has spent the last few months at EnRoute. She has been such a joy to work with, & a great team member. We shall all miss her terribly, but wish her huge luck with her new job as a social worker. The picture says it all.....

Young Women’s Outreach Worker

Please see our vacancies page for details of this new post.

Sexual Health Week

Sexual Health Week