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Calderstones School team up with Savera UK on 'Question Time' event

On Friday 17 November, Liverpool students from Calderstones School teamed up with Savera UK to tackle domestic abuse and Harmful Practices for UK Parliament Week.

UK Parliament Week is an annual programme of events to connect people with UK Parliament. Parliament Week 2017 began on 13 November and saw schools, museums, charities and businesses around the country join in a week long programme of activities and events which explored what the UK Parliament means to them and their community.

In partnership with Calderstones School, Savera UK held a Question Time event on 17th November 2017, chaired by BBC Radio Merseyside Political Reporter, Claire Hamilton. After several weeks of workshops led by Savera UK, students of the school asked questions to a panel of experts around the issues of harmful practices, the rights of children and young people. The panel included: 

Luciana Berger: Labour MP for Liverpool, Wavertree 
Nazir Afzal OBE: Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England & the Patron of Savera UK 
Anna Rothery: Labour Councillor: Mayoral Lead for Equalities 
Tracy Gore: Director of Biko Housing Association 
Jane Kennedy: Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner  

Afrah Qassim, Chair of Savera UK said: "This was a fantastic opportunity to engage with young people, get them to think of their rights and to speak about the issues that concern them. It was also a great way of raising awareness of better understanding of harmful practices, Human Rights and empowering them to lead on such issues and discussion. We enjoyed working with the students to prepare them for the event, and were thrilled with how the panel responded to the voice of our local young people.” 

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I was pleased to mark UK Parliament Week by participating in this youth ‘question time’ which aimed to give young people a voice on some really important topics. Domestic abuse and harmful practices are very often ‘hidden crimes’, but crimes which can be hugely damaging. By discussing these sensitive issues in this open way, I hope we can raise awareness among young people, helping them to identify and challenge behaviour that might lead to abuse.” 

Are you interested in finding out how Savera UK can engage with young people you work with on issues around harmful practices? Perhaps you have a staff team that you would like to train to spot issues arising in an educational setting? If so, please do get in touch with us.

Savera UK Question Time panel and sixth form chairs  Savera UK Question Time Event for UK Parliament Week Claire Hamilton BBC Radio Merseysdie Political Reporter Luciana Berger MP PCC Jane Kennedy

Nazir Afzal OBE, Savera UK Patron Sixth Formers from Calderstones School 

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