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Natasha Phillips

Writer, campaigner and activist specialising in child welfare.

Natasha runs Researching Reform, a child welfare project in the UK dedicated to improving policy and legislation which affect children.

She produces child welfare events inside the House of Commons, and is passionate about child rights. Working with charities, Government and families, she also campaigns for greater awareness surrounding child welfare issues.

Natasha is a member of the End Violence Against Children Global Partnership and comments on child welfare issues for the BBC, Sky, France 2 and London Live.

Should We Remove Children From Drug Addicted Parents? Watch This BBC Documentary, Then Decide

From the teenage boy who tells his mother not to be so hard on herself for relapsing - he tells her it's perfectly normal and that she should keep going - to the daughter who says to her mother she could do this, and get clean and that she wasn't alone, the wisdom, kindness and compassion the documentary allows us to witness, is a window into some of the greatest moments the human condition has to offer.
18/07/2017 09:42 BST

Should All Paedophiles Who Watch Online Child Pornography Be Spared Jail?

Until we can assess the level of risk each paedophile caught with child abuse images poses, and find proven ways of preventing paedophiles from accessing child abuse images and assaulting children in the real world, we should think twice before removing what is currently the only barrier we have to protect children from unthinkable harm.
14/03/2017 11:59 GMT

I Raped You - Now I Want Contact

The impact of rape lasts long after the physical event has taken place. Women who have been raped are more likely to commit suicide and are prone to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can include flashbacks, severe anxiety, recurring nightmares and depression. Allowing a rapist to have access to a child born out of a rape only enhances the trauma and forces the victim to relive that fear and anxiety on a regular basis.
15/02/2017 08:12 GMT

Violent Partners Cross Examining Their Victims In Court - The Final Blow?

Plans to change the law are wonderful and welcome, but drafting and passing legislation takes time. The Family Court could help victims of abuse today just by ensuring that every Family Court and judge knows about Practice Direction 12J and uses it every time a vulnerable partner or parent risks being cross examined by an abuser.
12/01/2017 13:36 GMT

Bullying Can Leave Children With Mental Health Scars For Life - We Need To Take It Seriously

Research has emerged that suggests bullying could be more detrimental to a child's mental health than physical abuse. A US study of 1,420 children found that those who had been bullied, but not maltreated, were almost four times more likely to have mental health problems than children who were maltreated... So why do we continue to diminish the effect bullying has on children's mental health?
28/09/2016 16:38 BST