In brief: Law should protect children, says QC

Allan Levy QC has called for the English legal system to protect, not prosecute, child prostitutes. Speaking last week in London at The Children Society's conference on child prostitution in the UK, Levy said: “The approach towards the children should aim for protection, not prosecution. In so far as the criminal law clashes with the civil law, the welfare approach should always prevail.” A specialist in child law, Levy, head of chambers at 17 Bedford Row, said there were adequate duties and responsibilities listed in the1989 Childrens Act but said they were not adequately carried out by the authorities.