12 Dec 2006

Javine Gets Lippy For Disabled Kids

12 December 2006

Javine Hylton, star of the West End hit Daddy Cool, is shouting out for disabled children in Trafalgar Square in front of a giant pair of cherry red lips today (12 December 2006).

The singing sensation has signed The Children's Society's petition and is lending her voice to their new campaign. She said: "My voice has given me so many opportunities in life. I can't imagine how frustrating it would be if I didn't have a voice and couldn't express myself. That's why I want to get behind The Children's Society's campaign. I want to help give disabled children the chance to be heard"

Notes to Editors:

For more information call Anil Ranchod / David Hudi-Dinnage at The Children's Society media office on tel: 020 7841 4422.

KEY FACTS
Over 13,000 disabled children are placed away from home. Many have serious difficulties communicating.

Disabled children are more likely to be sexually and physically abused than other children.

Only one in 20 (five per cent) disabled children have an advocate to help them.

Advocacy is about helping children and young people get their views across and take part in decisions that affect their lives

The Children's Society is campaigning to ensure all disabled children placed away from home have access to an independent advocate.