Iryna Pona, Policy Manager

Iryna manages our work on Youth at Risk including safeguarding, missing and child sexual exploitation.
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Mapped: Sexual offences reported in England and Wales, 2016

New data partly reveals the extent of sexual offences against young people, but overlooks many more

28 Apr 2017

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

3 Nov 2015
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16 and 17 year olds at risk

Our recent Seriously Awkward report shows that young people may feel under pressure to make choices that can jeopardise their future.

29 Sep 2015
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Seriously Awkward: Developing emotionally through adolescence

Young people are facing a number of challenges accessing mental health services, particularly 16 and 17 year olds.

26 Aug 2015
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Recognising when teenagers need protection

Research shows that 16 and 17 year olds are at serious risk of neglect, but the law needs to catch up.

5 Aug 2015
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16 and 17 year olds are caught between childhood and adulthood

Our new Seriously Awkward campaign calls for better protection for vulnerable 16-17 year olds. You may wonder what protections these teenagers need.

7 Jul 2015