A young Muslim teenager has been appointed on the young people’s board of a UK charity shaping the work of child protection in the country.
Muhammad Sahal, 13, is one of 15 people the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) recruited aged between 13 and 16 to represent the views of children and young people.
“Being on the Board is a unique opportunity for me to help and influence the direction of an essential service,” Sahal said, Lancashire Telegraph reported.
“It offers me the chance to develop, learn more about the NSPCC close up and allows me to learn and forge relationships and bonds which I can take forward in the future to my community, all communities across the country and the world.
“I want to change things for the better and help vulnerable individuals, and I think there is scope to integrate this work into mosque and other faith curriculums taught in worship places like mosques and synagogues.”
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The Blackburn Muslim teenager and other members of the board will have active roles in their local communities to help others.
They will use the platform to raise awareness of what matters most to young people, take action and make change happen – while also having a key role advising staff and trustees.
The NSPCC is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands. The NSPCC’s stated core values are based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The charity lobbies the government on issues relating to child welfare, and creates campaigns for the general public, with the intention of raising awareness of child protection issues.