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.
What needs to change in the new immigration bill
As the government debates a major new immigration bill, we look at how it can better help children and families
The people who inspire us to run
Kate Wareham reports on yesterday's Bupa London 10k, including some of the more personal reasons she and others chose to run.
Volunteering: The benefits and what it's really like
Nazia says: 'I have gained experience, new skills, worked with people I would never have met otherwise'
Calculating the cost of independent advocacy
Our new tools allow you to estimate the budget needed to provide advocacy - a valuable service - to young people in care.
Will power: Make the future brighter by leaving a legacy
A particularly generous gift reminds us of the importance all donations - small, medium or large - in wills.