Javed Khan
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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.

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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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The Difference Dads Make

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2014 | (00:00)

As I gather with my family to celebrate Fathers' Day this Sunday, I will do so with a renewed appreciation of the importance of my role as a dad following my first six weeks as the Chief Executive of the UK's largest children's charity.

Over the last...

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Trafficked Children Need Us to Advocate For Them

(3) Comments | Posted 7 June 2014 | (00:00)

It is extraordinary to think that slavery of any kind still exists in the modern world. For many slavery is a remnant of a bygone era; an unpleasant and unrepeatable portion of human history. So it's shocking when you learn that slavery not only still exists but is happening across...

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Celebrating the Value of Volunteering for All

(0) Comments | Posted 2 June 2014 | (17:24)

This is the start of National Volunteer's Week and an opportunity for all of us in the charity sector to celebrate the incredible, dedicated work done by volunteers, who give their time so freely and generously to help our causes.

Barnardo's currently has more than 15,000 volunteers throughout the UK,...

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Barnardo's Calls for Action for Children of Prisoners Consigned to Shadows

(6) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (00:00)

If there is one thing that has always defined Barnardo's, it is that our purpose as a charity is to help the most vulnerable children and young people in UK society. We speak up for those who have no voice; those who society has forgotten and those who...

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Why Fostering Can't Become Adoption's Poor Relation

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2014 | (00:00)

Childhood is a very special time, filled with moments we never forget and memories that will live with us forever. Whether it's the smell of chlorine from weekend trips to the swimming pool, the sound of the school bell announcing break-time is over or the painful sting of a grazed...

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Why I'm Committed to Helping the Most Vulnerable Children

(0) Comments | Posted 1 May 2014 | (00:19)

Taking on the leadership of any organisation is a big responsibility. When that organisation is the UK's largest children's charity and has been part of British society for nearly 150 years, the sense of duty is all the greater.

Today as I start my new role as the chief...

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Actions and Consequences: How Restorative Justice Can Help Victims Move On

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2013 | (10:31)

If you were a victim of crime, would you want to meet the offender?

What would you say to them?

A burglary victim might, for example, want to talk about the inconvenience, the hassle of sorting out the mess and replacing what has been...

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Human Trafficking: It's What We Don't Know That Is Most Disturbing

(6) Comments | Posted 30 October 2013 | (23:00)

When you're dealing with victims of crime it can sometimes be what you don't know that's most disturbing.

How many more of them are out there?

What are the signs that we missed?

Are we spotting others before it's too late?

Nobody could have failed to be affected by the...

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Restorative Justice: Is the Message Getting Through?

(7) Comments | Posted 21 September 2013 | (00:00)

It's funny how you find out that you're winning the argument.

I was watching EastEnders when I realised attitudes towards restorative justice were really shifting.

The episode showed Kat Moon meeting Ronnie Mitchell - the woman who had stolen Kat's baby - at the prison gates.

It was an intense...

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Public Trust Is Precious - And Only Earned Over Time

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (00:00)

Reform of the criminal justice system has been kicked about by successive governments in almost symbolic celebration of their commitment to improve key public services.

Few can argue that the current coalition government's plans aren't radical though many commentators are right to sound some caution.

Handing over the keys to...

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Oxford Grooming Victims Get Their Day in Court

(27) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (00:00)

There's often a lot of talk of victims 'having their day in court'.

Sometimes, though, it's far easier said than done.

On Thursday, six young women watched the men who subjected them to nothing short of modern day slavery go to prison for 95 years.

The victims of the Oxford...

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Could Aggressive Treatment of Vulnerable Witnesses Be About to Change?

(5) Comments | Posted 8 June 2013 | (00:00)

The aggressive questioning of vulnerable witnesses in court was exposed again this week with solicitor general Oliver Heald calling for change at the dispatch box. Now policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green is to head a taskforce to examine the issues.

It's good to know that the stance...

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Communities Must Pull Together in Wake of Woolwich Murder

(28) Comments | Posted 27 May 2013 | (00:00)

So terrorism has reared its terrible head again this week with the sickening events in Woolwich. Our thoughts go out to drummer Lee Rigby's family - the pain they are suffering must be unimaginable.

I was walking those same streets in Woolwich just two days before and I wonder how...

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Reducing Britain's Re-Offending Rate Needs Victim Focus

(11) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (00:00)

It's no secret that the re-offending rate in this country remains far too high and that the public find it alarming.

What's less publicised is what victims think about all this. Time and again victims tell me that, yes they want those who committed a crime to be punished, but...

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Britain's Not More Peaceful for the Victims

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (13:55)

We've heard today that new research suggests Britain is becoming a "more peaceful" place with violent crime falling by a quarter over the last decade.

The European Institute for Peace thinks violent crime is falling faster here than anywhere else in Europe - though it still costs us £124billion.

If...

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It Is Time To Start Taking Child Abuse Victims Seriously

(1) Comments | Posted 7 March 2013 | (10:17)

As any parent will testify child safety is paramount.

Unfortunately we can't always protect our youngsters. Crime does happen and last year my charity Victim Support helped around 4,500 child victims of sexual abuse.

We should expect, however, that the British criminal justice system protects our young people if they...

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Justice for Frances Andrade: A Success or a Failure?

(1) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (16:16)

Giving evidence in court can be traumatic. At Victim Support we hear this from witnesses and victims of crime, time and time again. In some cases where there is aggressive cross examination, some have even said it is more distressing than the crime itself.

Courts have to find the...

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CEO Visits the Frontline

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (11:12)

The New Year means new resolutions and for 2013 mine is to take on board what I recently learnt when I spent the day 'walking in the shoes' of my frontline staff.

As Chief Executive of the national charity Victim Support my job is very much about strategy, management...

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