3 Mar 2016

One of the UK’s most popular parenting and blogging networks, Mumsnet, is highlighting our Seriously Awkward campaign, which asks parents and bloggers to help secure urgent change for sexually exploited teenagers as MPs consider laws in Parliament.

Proud to be Mumsnet’s guest campaign

Our Seriously Awkward campaign will be a guest campaign on the Mumsnet website this month as we work hard to influence the Policing and Crime Bill that is being debated in Westminster. We want to secure protection and justice for 16 and 17 year olds who have experienced sexual exploitation but all too often fail to get the help they need. You can read examples of this in our real life stories from the young people we help.

Mumsnet is featuring the Seriously Awkward campaign at this crucial stage by asking parents and bloggers to ask their MP to attend the first debate of the Bill, which takes place on 7 March. The campaign will continue to be featured on the Mumsnet site throughout the month so that as many parents and bloggers as possible will hear about new ways that they can support the campaign as the bill progresses. Together, we want to make sure that as many MPs as possible stand up for the most vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds who have experienced these horrific crimes. The current Parliamentary Bill is our golden opportunity for change.

Mumsnet parents and bloggers have helped get the campaign this far

Mumsnet already played an important role as we launched the campaign last year when they helped us invite bloggers to become ambassadors for the campaign. As the Seriously Awkward campaign has grown in support, with the public taking action nearly 30,000 times, so too has Seriously Awkward blogging.

Everyone can remember being a teenager, or parenting a teenager, and the creative ideas that bloggers have used to support the campaign never cease to surprise us. The Comeback Mum was nominated as campaigner of the year at the Mumsnet Awards for her brave and powerful post for the campaign. The bloggers and YouTubers supporting the campaign have helped us reach over half a million new people with vital messages of how teenagers are targeted for sexual exploitation and the changes needed to give more protection.

To mark this special moment as Mumsnet features the campaign, a small group of bloggers will join us for a special matinee performance of Firebird at Trafalgar Studios. Firebird is a play we are involved with that illustrates the terrible realities around sexual exploitation. The play was seen last week by famous faces ncluding Eastenders stars Tamzin Outhwaite and Laurie Brett, actor Cherrelle Skeete of BBC’s Ordinary Lies, Psychologist Linda Papadopoulos, and popular teenage model, actress and YouTuber Talia Michaels.

Thank you Mumsnet

Thank you to Mumsnet for the key support they provide to 17 million parents every month and for this crucial help with our campaign to secure protection for sexually exploited teenagers. We are welcoming more parenting bloggers to get involved in backing the campaign with their blog and social media by emailing blogging@childrenssociety.org.uk. And if you only do one thing today, please do take two minutes to support our Seriously Awkward campaign. All children deserve protection from sexual exploitation including those who are aged 16 and 17.

Find out more and join the Seriously Awkward campaign.