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Javed Khan

Chief Executive for Barnardo's

Javed Khan has thirty two years’ experience in the UK public and voluntary sectors, and has developed a track record of successfully managing change through key high profile leadership roles. Javed joined the leading children’s charity Barnardo’s in May 2014 as Chief Executive.

Barnardo’s runs more than 960 services in local communities, including support for children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. Barnardo’s also finds loving adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care. Last year it helped transform the lives of more than 248,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families. Many more were helped by campaigning to change policy and public opinion. Previously Javed was CEO at Victim Support which helps over a million victims and witnesses each year, having 600 sites across England and Wales.

Under Javed’s leadership the charity successfully managed significant change where it restructured itself; embraced major financial challenges; raised its public and political profile; generated new business opportunities, and was recognised in major awards including short lists for Charity of the Year, Best Campaign of the Year, Best Partnership Initiative and the Queen’s Jubilee Award.

Support For Grooming Victims Like Corrie's Bethany Is Vital

Having to tell your story over and over again means having to relive the trauma, and repeated questioning can mean that children feel like they are to blame for their own abuse. This can be hugely distressing for a child or young person who has already been through so much and can lead to them questioning whether anyone believes them.
04/10/2017 17:24 BST

Tackling The Mental Health Crisis Must Include Improving Support For Care Leavers

Despite encouraging steps, the mental health crisis is not going to go away anytime soon. Not least for those who are particularly vulnerable, such as England's 26,340 young care leavers. Barnardo's runs 22 care leaver services across the UK, used by 2,000 in England, all of which aim to bridge the gap for children leaving care and moving into independent living.
13/09/2017 17:34 BST

Teenage Years Are Tough Enough Even If You're Not A Child In Care

We need people from all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds to come forward. Our foster carers are of various ages. You can be single or married, male or female, a homeowner or renting, straight, lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual. It doesn't matter. We believe you can be a foster carer and so should you.
08/09/2017 11:57 BST

Digital Dangers: How To Keep Your Children Safe Online

A survey of our specialist child sexual exploitation services last year showed how nearly two thirds of children groomed online who were referred to us were sexually exploited after meeting the attacker they met online.
27/08/2017 17:37 BST

Remembering We Have More In Common This Refugee Week

As tragedy after tragedy unfolds on our own doorstep here in the UK it becomes a little easier for me to imagine the kind of horror people fleeing war have experienced - the horror they are running from and the horrors they have seen while trying to get their families to safety.
20/06/2017 17:15 BST

It's The Young Wot Swung It

It was the election that nobody expected and the result we woke up to this morning has ended just as it began - by taking the country by surprise.
09/06/2017 17:00 BST

In The Eyes Of Young People, Politics Takes An Age

Politicians who want to engage young people need to set out what they want to do and what change they want to make, but they must also stress how it will happen, what steps will be needed and that things are unlikely to change over night - these things take time.
05/06/2017 12:34 BST

Volunteers Are The Life Blood Of Barnardo's

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Barnardo's. It's their hard work and dedication which allows us run over 1,000 services which support and help transform the lives of the most vulnerable children, young people or families in across the UK.
05/06/2017 11:55 BST

Don't Leave Children In Care Behind

The number of young people in care in the UK has soared to a 30 year high of 94,396 - that's 145 for every MP in the House of Commons. Of course, that rise means the number leaving care is also increasing, many of them having faced unimaginable trauma including abuse and neglect.
02/06/2017 16:26 BST

Why It's Important To Celebrate International Children's Day Every Day

We support these children through services ranging from work in schools, where youngsters learn it's okay to talk and ask for help, to trauma focused practice. Through all our work we make them realise there is help out there, not just on International Children's Day but every day.
01/06/2017 16:44 BST

Three Girls: BBC One Drama About Child Sex Abuse Is Disturbing But Essential Viewing

We now know that Rochdale was not an isolated case. Child sexual exploitation has been uncovered in towns, cities and counties all over the country and it affects both girls and boys from all backgrounds. It is committed by abusers from all walks of life, ethnicities, cultures and classes and it robs children of their childhoods and tears families apart.
15/05/2017 17:23 BST