At Nicholes Family Lawyers, we are extremely proud of our continued work with the Foundation Against Child Exploitation. Managing Partner Sally Nicholes has been a member of the Foundation’s Board since its inception in 2017, and the firm has been deeply committed to supporting its incredible efforts to educate, protect and support children and parents who have fallen victim to online child sexual exploitation.
One in four Australian children has been contacted by a stranger online. In certain cases, this can unfortunately lead to the stranger requesting compromising images or text messages from the child then using this to exploit the child for further images, video or face-to-face contact. Foundation ACE aims to combat the online child sexual exploitation industry through a multifaceted approach, including education for parents and carers around cyber-safety and online sexual grooming. The Foundation also promotes victim reporting channels and provides support to child victims, parents and carers.
To help further the great work undertaken by the Foundation, Nicholes Family Lawyers has helped connect the Board with influential groups such as its partner the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, the eSafety Commissioner and the Australian Federal Police. Sally Nicholes now sits as members of the Foundation ACE Board and Associate Alastair Noakes is a volunteer for the Foundation. Other Board members include Sophie Morton, Jane Baillieu, Cath Stubbings and Nick Newton.
After working closely with the group during its establishment, we are delighted to announce our support of the Foundation’s upcoming Fundraising Lunch as a sponsor of the event. The lunch will be held on Friday 3 May at Half Acre in South Melbourne and will bring together friends and colleagues in supporting this worthy cause. Guests will hear from the Victoria Police Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team, along with CEO of the Alannah & Madeline foundation Lesley Podesta.
Those interested in supporting this cause can purchase tickets for the event or make a donation here, or reach out to Nicholes Family Lawyers for more information. All proceeds from the event will go towards furthering the work of Foundation ACE to assist vulnerable children and educate parents on the difficulties of traversing the online world.