Javed Khan
Javed Khan has twenty eight 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 over 900 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 200,000 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.

Entries by Javed Khan

Queen's Speech: Significant Steps Forward for Children, But There Is No Fix-All

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (21:54)

Today's Queen's Speech promises some significant steps forward for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK today. While we share the Prime Minister's high ambitions for children, the proposed legislative changes are not, by themselves, a fix-all.

Every child deserves to have a happy childhood and to...

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Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation Overlooked

(0) Comments | Posted 18 March 2016 | (23:00)

High profile child sexual exploitation cases (CSE) like those in Rotherham and Rochdale have led many people to assume that all CSE victims are white British girls. But it's not the case.

Worryingly, this stereotype highlighted in our report 'It's not on the radar', means that some front-line...

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Looking to the Future, and Learning From the past: Barnardo's 150 years

(0) Comments | Posted 10 March 2016 | (16:46)

As with any landmark event, our 150th year is a time to reflect on the past and to look to the future.

While the manifestations of poverty and desperation that moved Dr Thomas Barnardo to help destitute children have changed, many core problems remain. Over the last 150 years,...

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Barnardo's Child Sexual Exploitation Services Stretched to the Limit

(1) Comments | Posted 18 February 2016 | (23:00)

At Barnardo's our number one priority is providing vital support to vulnerable children and young people. Children like Malaika. She was just 14 when she was sexually exploited and raped. Scared she would be blamed for what happened to her, the only person she trusted to talk to was a...

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Putting the Spotlight on Internet Safety

(0) Comments | Posted 9 February 2016 | (09:09)

The internet is a great source of information and a place for children to learn, develop new skills and play fun games. However, we also know from our report 'Digital Dangers', that the increase in internet use and new technologies brings risks for children and young people.


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A Multi-Agency Approach Is Needed to Successfully Tackle FGM

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2015 | (00:00)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and no girl, or women, should ever have to suffer the physical and emotional impact of such harmful practice.

Last week, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed that more than 1,000 women and girls with FGM were treated...

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The Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation Mustn't Forget Children With Learning Disabilities

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2015 | (00:00)

Recent scandals in Rotherham, Oxford and elsewhere have brought the issue of child sexual exploitation to the forefront.

The country has rightly been shocked to hear that thousands of children across the country are being sexually abused. As leading children's charities, Barnardo's and The Children's Society...

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Local Authorities Need a Joined-Up Approach to Better Support Young Carers

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2015 | (13:07)

Last week was National Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the great work of carers that also highlights the very real challenges these people face on a daily basis.

Most of us know what it's like to look after a loved one who's ill with the...

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A Humbling and Inspirational 12 Months

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2015 | (00:00)

It's a year since I arrived at Barnardo's and I can honestly say I feel very humbled to be chief executive of this great charity. It's been a challenging year for sure but also a hugely rewarding one.

Soon after I arrived I led a Barnardo's

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Demanding Givers

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2015 | (10:18)

Next Sunday, tens of thousands of people will take part in the Virgin London Marathon raising money for hundreds of charities, including Barnardo's. I'm always inspired by how much people will do to raise money for their favourite causes. When it comes to the Marathon they don't just...

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There Is No Quick Fix for Child Sexual Exploitation

(2) Comments | Posted 18 February 2015 | (08:51)

Recent weeks have given us a sobering reminder of the dreadful impact of child sexual exploitation. The further revelations regarding Rotherham coupled with the announcements of new investigations in Manchester, Halifax and Essex, reinforce the belief that we are only beginning to scratch the surface of this emerging national blight.

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It's Vital That Young People Sign Up to Vote

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2015 | (15:53)

Today is National Voter Registration Day - #NRVD - a nationwide push to get people of voting age onto the electoral roll before the cut-off date of April 20th. Barnardo's is supporting it because it is arguably young people who stand to gain the most from this drive....

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Plunging Adoption Figures a Wake-up Call for All in Children's Care Sector

(6) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (23:00)

Last week's news about plunging adoption placements should act as a wake-up call for the children's care sector.

During the last decade, authorities and agencies across the country have found it increasingly hard to find permanent, loving families for children in care in a timely way. The government's plan...

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Every Child Deserves a Loving Family

(1) Comments | Posted 2 November 2014 | (23:00)

At Barnardo's we believe that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, secure and loving home. This especially applies to children who are taken into care because their parents are unable or unwilling to look after them.

We strongly believe it doesn't have...

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Where Are All the Men?

(3) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (00:00)

On Monday I celebrated fathers day. A day when I spoke about the importance of dads at a Barnardo's Labour Party Conference fringe event. With me were David Lammy MP, the Royal College of Midwives and speakers from Working with Men, Mumsnet and members of the audience - all flying...

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Join Us in Celebrating Childrens' Achievements

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (00:00)

At Barnardo's we exist to help the most vulnerable children in our society. Young people, who through no fault of their own, have endured unimaginable hardships. These children lack the simple love and support you give your own children, or what you experienced growing up.

Last week we launched our...

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Our Paramount Concern Must Always Be the Welfare of Vulnerable Children

(11) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (00:00)

Revelations of widespread and brutal child sexual exploitation in Rotherham have rightly shocked the nation. Across South Yorkshire, ruthless sexual predators have hunted out children, mercilessly groomed them, trafficked them from place to place and terrorised them into silence. An estimated 1,400 children, some as young as 11,...

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We Must Do All We Can to Speed Up the Adoption Process

(3) Comments | Posted 4 August 2014 | (00:00)

In my eyes adopting a child is one of the most amazing things someone can ever do. To give a child a loving and stable family life is a gift beyond compare.

For England's 6,000 children hoping to be adopted, every day is a desperate wait. Another...

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'Home Is Where the Hurt Is' for Care Leavers at Risk of Homelessness

(1) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (00:00)

The world can feel like a scary place for any young person striding out on their own for the first time. Thrust into a world of greatly increased responsibility, the transition to adulthood is a challenging time.

For most young people there is a support network to help them...

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Young People Risk Starting Their Adult Lives With No Experience of the World of Work

(5) Comments | Posted 30 June 2014 | (00:00)

It's a shocking fact that just under one million young people are not in work, education or training in the UK today. That's about one in six of all 16 to 24-year-olds. Of these, a third have been out of work and claiming Job Seekers Allowance for more...

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