Iryna Pona, Policy Adviser

Iryna Pona
Iryna leads on runaways, child sexual exploitation and advocacy for looked after children policy.
two teenagers looking away

We need to better protect 16- and 17-year-olds

Debate around the Serious Crime Bill is an opportunity to make all types of cruelty to children up to the age of 18 a criminal offence

21 Jul 2014
young girl who has run away

Young runaways need our help

Today is International Missing Children's Day. What do we need to do to protect the young people who run away?

24 May 2014
young boy

New changes promise better protection for children in care

Two years after a parliamentary report, changes to improve protection for children in care are being implemented across the country

13 May 2014
Edward Timpson, third from left, with five staff members at SCARPA

Young people tell the children's minister how to make runaways safe

The children’s minister recently visited to our project in Newcastle, meeting young people and staff

31 Mar 2014
New guidance assures return interviews for young people

New guidance assures return interviews for young people

More in-depth support for young runaways improves their lives

22 Jan 2014
Young girl sitting against a wall

What I told MPs about our work with looked after children

We need to ensure that the care system meets children's needs

17 Dec 2013