190 women forced to declare their experience of rape to claim child tax credit

The Government has published its statistics on the so-called 'rape clause' exemption to the two-child tax credit limit, revealing that 190 women so far have gone through the process of declaring a child of theirs was conceived through rape in order to retain the benefit for their family's welfare. Read more on the Rape Crisis England and Wales website. 

Government ratifies Lanzarote Convention to tackle child sexual exploitation

The Home Office has announced that the Government will ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, known as the Lanzarote Convention. The convention is part of the United Nations and Council of Europe standards to end all kinds of sexual offences against children, including exploitation of children through prostitution, grooming and offences related to child abuse material.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Join a cast of 100 women* and be part of the spectacular finale to the Great Exhibition of the North

Produced and directed by the team behind the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony and the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Great North Star will include mass participation, film, music, narration, circus and pyrotechnics in a stunning ceremony celebrating the spirit of the North and forming part of the programme for this year’s Great North Run.


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