Seriously Awkward: Ask your MP to get involved!

Friday, 25 March 2016

If you haven't read my previous posts about The Children's Society's Seriously Awkward campaign, please check them out here and here!

There is an important event coming up for The Children's Society that I want to tell you about. On the 13th of April, they are holding an event with both young people and expert practitioners in order for MPs to find out more about the campaign.

It is really important that as many MPs attend this meeting as possible. It is a chance for The Children's Society to explain how the law is failing our young people and it comes at a critical time in the campaign. They are pushing for the Policing and Crime Bill to be amended to include the following:

- More powers to intervene early early to stop sexual exploitation of vulnerable 16 to 17 year olds before it happens

- Better access to mental health support for children who have been sexually abused

- A new offense for those who use drugs and alcohol to threaten, coerce and groom children

- More consistent data collection by the police, to ensure children get the same police protection no matter what police authority they live in

The Children's Society's Seriously Awkward campaign is raising awareness for the lack of protection by law that 16-17 year olds have. During a vital transitional phase in their lives, they are given less protection by law than younger children, but this needs to change.

Please consider clicking here to inform your MP of the meeting. There needs to be as many MPs there as possible to hear the very real issue of young people falling through the gap between childhood and adulthood. All it takes is to fill in a quick form: if you have five minutes, please do it - it could make a huge difference.

Click here to find out more about The Children's Society and the amazing work that they do.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this Megan. I've done it x

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