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11 March, 2002

Cherie Booth QC launches new edition of essential guide to the law for young citizens

Cherie Booth QC will launch the new edition of the Young Citizen's Passport, best-selling guide to the law for young people, at the House of Lords on 13 March 2002.

Produced by the Citizenship Foundation and published by Hodder Stoughton, the Passport has sold more than half a million copies through seven editions since 1994. This year, through a partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the Human Rights Unit, 30 free copies have been sent to every state secondary school in England and Wales - a total of 125,000 books.

Written in a no-nonsense, accessible style, the attractive pocket-sized book provides clear explanations of the law and social institutions, practical advice on what to do if things go wrong and a comprehensive list of useful addresses and telephone numbers. It is an essential reference text for every young person, and provides excellent support for Citizenship education in schools. Teaching guidance will be available on a new dedicated website at see below.

Tony Breslin, Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation, says 'The Young Citizen's Passport is invaluable in empowering young people with the knowledge to make informed and responsible decisions about their lives. As Citizenship comes into the National Curriculum, its role is more important than ever.'

At the launch, Michael Brunson OBE will interview a group of students from Thorpe St. Andrew School, Norfolk about their impressions of using the Young Citizen's Passport.

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