Merseyside's Police Commissioner is taking the hot seat at a youth 'question time' today to raise awareness of domestic abuse and harmful practices to mark UK Parliament Week.
Jane Kennedy is joining Savera UK's patron Nazir Afzal OBE,a local MP, and a host of other representatives from health, education and the community to take questions from students at the event at Calderstones School.
The event, which has been organised by Liverpool-based charity Savera UK, aims to raise awareness of the issues of domestic violence and harmful practices, such as forced marriage, so-called 'honour-based violence' and female genital mutilation.
The event, which is being chaired by BBC Radio Merseyside's political reporter Claire Hamilton, will give the young people the chance to quiz local politicians and get answers to their questions and look at this issue of rights of children and young people.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I’m pleased to be marking UK Parliament week by participating in this youth ‘question time’ which aims 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.
“I’m looking forward not only to taking their questions, but also to listening to their opinions and feedback on what more we can do to help young people to stay safe.”
Afrah Qassim, Chair of Savera UK, said: "This is 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 is 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’ll be working with the students to prepare them for the event, and look forward to seeing how the panel respond to the voice of our local young people."
UK Parliament Week is an annual programme of events to connect people with UK Parliament.
Parliament Week 2017 began on 13 November and will see schools, museums, charities and businesses around the country join in a week long programme of activities and events which explore what the UK Parliament means to them and their community.