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Children and young people, Community Safety

Teentlk will support young people to stay safe

A new magazine called Teentlk has been handed to every year nine, ten and eleven pupils in Lambeth to coincide with Universal Children’s Day (November 20) and Anti-bullying Week (November 14-20).

The one-off 20-page magazine has articles written by experts on a number of subject matters that are relevant to young people living in Lambeth today, including online safety, safe sex, teenage pregnancy, street safety, post-16 education and employment, drink and drugs, nongang membership and how to get involved in your local community.

It has been commissioned by Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) – a partnership of organisations including Lambeth Council, the NHS and the police. The LSCB has a wideranging strategy around tackling some of the issues faced by young people in this borough today.

David Sanders, the chairman of Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board, said:

“The LSCB is committed to making life for young people in this borough better, happier and safer. But we know that young people are under more pressure than ever before, and life isn’t always easy juggling the hopes, expectations and pressures from school, parents and friends.

“The purpose of launching the magazine is to provide young people with topical and useful

information about some of those issues. The articles in this magazine have been written by experts from across the partnership and it has been professionally designed to appeal to this age group.”

David Oyedele, Lambeth Youth Mayor, said: “I love living in Lambeth. There’s so much going on in this borough and loads of opportunities for young people. Life isn’t always easy though, and sometimes we all need a little bit of extra help. That’s why I’m really happy to endorse this new magazine called TEENtlk.

“It has features and information about a huge number of issues that affect young people living in Lambeth today. It has information about relationships, internet safety, safe sex, dealing with pregnancy, leaving home, what to do when you finish school, street safety, coping with stress and other things.”

The magazine was officially launched at Charles Edward Brooke Church of England Upper School and was attended by David Oyedele and Cllr Adedamola Aminu, deputy cabinet member for children and young people at Lambeth Council.

The production of Teentlk coincides with Universal Children’s Day. The date, 20 November, marks the day in which the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The UN calls on countries to observe Universal Children’s Day as a day to acknowledge the importance of actively promoting the welfare of the world’s children.

Anti-bullying Week (Nov 14-20) aims to raise awareness about the impact of bullying.

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