Commissioner questions need for media code of practice

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The children’s commissioner for England questioned today
at Community Care Live Children and Families whether there needed
to be a media code of practice in order to address the
disproportionate negative portrayal of young people,
writes Amy Taylor from the
conference.

Speaking at the conference in London, professor Al Aynsley-Green
said that the demonisation of young people was a “major issue
for society”.

He added that he had accompanied members of the youth parliament
to see the independent communications regulator Ofcom and the Press
Complaints Commission to raise the issue.

“We are asking for a bit more respect,” he said.

Aynsley- Green also went on to call for the “froth in the
media” about the amount of power held by his role to be put
to one side.

 

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