Scots care charity Quarriers boosts Englishprofile

Scottish care charity Quarriers is to host a debate on the way the media portray children in a bid to boost its profile in England.

The charity, which opened an English branch in Bath last year, has secured Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell and Unicef European regional comms adviser Lynn Geldof as keynote speakers for 'Children's rights v press freedom - who wins?', to be held in Bath on 11 November.

Quarriers development manager for England David Niven said the charity was encouraging local government PROs to attend the debate, which would discuss the way children are portrayed by the media.

'Local authorities together have thousands of comms staff and must find the balance between public interest and confidentiality,' said Niven.

'Every day the media want to know more, but local authorities are not zookeepers and they have an enormous responsibility to protect the vulnerable.'

The first item on the agenda is the representation of children in the media; in particular the controversy surrounding the 'naming and shaming' of under-18s given anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs).

Other sessions will tackle the issue of journalists covering legal proceedings involving young people and the effectiveness of the 9pm broadcast watershed.

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