It’s not consent, its sexual exploitation
While 16 and 17 year olds can legally consent to sex in healthy relationships, there is nothing healthy or normal about being coerced or groomed and made to submit to sexual acts.
‘She is real. This happened. Nobody helped her’
Jo, a teacher at Portsmouth College, recently took a class of 16 year old drama students to see Hampstead Theatre’s powerful play Firebird. Here she shares some of their responses to the play.
Writer of Firebird, Phil Davies, discusses the play
Our Seriously Awkward campaign to protect 16 and 17 year olds from exploitation is being backed by Hampstead Theatre, London with their play Firebird. Here we speak to the writer, Phil Davies, about the play.
Q and A video on Hampstead Theatre’s Firebird
Watch The Children’s Society staff in conversation with Firebird’s writer Phil Davies and Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director, Edward Hall
Are 16 and 17 year olds old enough to know better?
16 and 17 year olds are at high risk of becoming victims of sexual crimes
From child prostitution to child sexual exploitation
We have been campaigning for vulnerable children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation for over two decades. Learn more about our history of fighting child sexual exploitation.
Be BenevoLent this Lent
Giving up something for Lent can mean that you stay motivated and help vulnerable children
Quiz: What do young people say is most important for good well-being?
We asked thousands of children and young people what has the biggest influence on their well-being. Which three things did they mention most?
Singing at the Young Carers Festival was one of the most amazing experiences of my life
'I wrote Shy to Be Human about a part of my life that I have both struggled with and have been blessed by'
How long did it take 15,000 cyclists to ride 100 miles?
We've charted the finish times of the 15,000-plus cyclists in this year's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. Do you want to ride 100 miles in next year's event?
Walking from France and running in Berlin
This week marks the 20th anniversary of Le Walk, an event that raised £2m and was the first time since the ice age that humans walked from France to England