David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, was the guest speaker at a community outreach event on child protection and safeguarding on Friday night, 29 November.
It was organised by Crayford resident Dr Lydia Taiwo, who was launching her second book about her own tragic experiences as a child at Belvedere Pentecostal Church. In A Broken Childhood 2: Forgiveness, she continues her story of the abuse she suffered and how she was able to come to terms with this later in life and forgive her parents.
Mr Evennett spoke about the steps that the Government is taking to prevent child abuse and neglect and help those who have sadly become victims.
During his speech, he said “Children are our future. They should be nurtured and cherished. They should be cared for and helped to develop to the best that they can be in a loving and stable home. It is easy to take these things for granted. However, too many children and young people are forced to suffer from psychological abuse, neglect and violence.
“It is a sign of a civilised and compassionate society that we look after those who are weak and vulnerable. Children and the elderly must be at the top of this list.”