Iryna Pona, Policy Adviser

Iryna Pona
Iryna leads on runaways, child sexual exploitation and advocacy for looked after children policy.
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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
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A missing children register will help police and young runaways

By including a missing children register in tomorrow’s budget announcement, the Chancellor would provide better support when a child goes missing

17 Mar 2015
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We need to better protect 16- and 17-year-olds

Debate around the Serious Crime Bill is an opportunity to make all types of cruelty to children up to the age of 18 a criminal offence

21 Jul 2014