Kids Company workers are set to march from their London HQ in Camberwell to Downing Street today.
Due to start at 10am, the march will be joined by supporters of the charity, employees and clients.
Demonstrators arrive at Downing Street chanting “save Kids Company, save that child” (via @PARachaelB) pic.twitter.com/bs4KZUY3Cz
— Press Association (@PA) August 7, 2015
Supporters of Kids Company gather in Camberwell ahead of their march to Downing Street. More with @VanessaOnAirpic.twitter.com/15eP5gFkFU
— Richard Main (@RPMain) August 7, 2015
Please come show solidarity for Kids Company tomorrow 10am 1 Kenbury St SE5 9BS march to Downing St pls RT @jeremycorbyn @charlottechurch
— Madi Maxwell-Libby (@Madi_ML) August 6, 2015
Kids Company closed on Wednesday after allegations of abuse and sexual offences came to light.
Founder Camila Batmanghelidjh refuted claims of financial mismanagement and sexual abuse.
Batmanghelidjh told Newsnight: “This allegation [sexual abuse] has been brought to us for the first time by the police recently.
“I draw the line at sexual abuse. It’s one thing kids losing it because they are having a tantrum or they are having a distressing day and they hurl chairs and we deal with all that sort of stuff.
“But sexual abuse is very serious and if it was brought to our attention we would have absolutely dealt with it very robustly.”
LondonLovesBusiness spoke to a Kids Company worker yesterday who said that “people might kill themselves” over the closure of Kids Company.
Our source told us: “I’m worried that people might kill themselves. I’m worried that they are going to feel completely unloved and rejected. We’re not rejecting them, but they might feel that way. And I’m worried that they won’t have a roof to sleep under – a lot of my young people are homeless and I’m in the process of trying to house them. Some of them are in very, very difficult situations. We support them so much and give them care and love, so it’s really worrying.”
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