Jon Brown
Jon Brown joined the NSPCC from Action for Children (previously NCH) where he was Operational Director of Children's Services. In this role, he had responsibility for around 50 services across the south west of England and was significantly involved in developing the organisation's Strategic Research Forum.

Work related to sexual abuse has been a theme throughout Jon's career. After completing a Masters in Social Policy and his Social Work training at the London School of Economics in 1989, he worked as a Probation Officer in Somerset where he was involved in establishing the Somerset Sex Offender Programme.

He first joined the NSPCC in 1994 as Project Manager of a team working with adult sex offenders in partnership with the Probation Service, a role which later expanded to include work with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviour and family risk assessments commissioned by the local authority. Five years later he became Area Children's Services Manager with responsibility for a range of services including therapeutic interventions for children and young people who had been sexually abused.

He has been involved with NOTA (National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers) since 1991 and was national Chair from 2003 to 2007.

Jon is married with three children. Outside of work he tries to keep fit by running and surfing. To his family's horror, he's just taken up playing the trumpet again after many years!

Entries by Jon Brown

Should We Lock Up Paedophiles and Throw Away the Key?

(17) Comments | Posted 26 November 2014 | (23:00)

When I was asked to take part in Channel 4's The Paedophile Next Door I knew it would be a controversial programme. But I also knew it was an issue that needed to be talked about so I did not flinch from taking part.

Society portrays paedophiles as...

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Prevention Is Key to Stopping Next Generation of Children Being Sexually Preyed Upon

(2) Comments | Posted 9 May 2014 | (00:00)

Last week Max Clifford was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual offences against girls and young women, his horrendous offending spanning decades. He used empty promises of meeting stars, the lure of fame and money to dazzle his impressionable victims and their families. Intimidated by his power and...

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It's Time to Count the Costs of Child Sexual Abuse

(2) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (00:00)

Will we ever win the fight against child sexual abuse? This important question is one I've debated this week at the NSPCC's How Safe are our Children conference.

And I think it is time to prioritise child abuse as a public health issue like heart disease, smoking and...

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Why We Must Intervene Early With Children and Young People With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

(2) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (23:00)

Even when you are dealing with the issue of child sexual abuse every day there are cases that shock you. This week I read that a ten-year-old boy had been found guilty of raping an eight-year-old girl on more than one occasion over a period of two years....

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Why the Past Sometimes Exists in the Present

(4) Comments | Posted 16 October 2013 | (00:00)

It's now just over a year since the NSPCC began to take calls to its helpline from adults, about being sexually abused when they were children by Jimmy Savile and others.

Those who had been silenced by their experiences and by their abusers for so long because...

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Child Sexual Exploitation - The Momentum for Change Must Be Maintained

(58) Comments | Posted 12 June 2013 | (00:00)

On Monday, the Home Affairs Select Committee published its report into localised grooming. Even the title of the report sounds a bit sanitised. Let's be clear what this means, localised grooming is a type of child sexual exploitation - child sexual abuse.

It involves mainly girls as...

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We Must Pull the Plug on Internet Access to Images of Child Abuse

(12) Comments | Posted 31 May 2013 | (13:47)

I wish I wasn't writing this. Just two weeks ago I told on this very blog about the killer of Tia Sharp's obsession with child sexual abuse images. Now today there is a sickening feeling of deja vu as the nation takes stock of the appalling news that...

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Oxford Abuse Trial Reveals Medieval Attitudes Toward young girls

(28) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (00:00)

The Oxford grooming trial has been a grim reminder that even though we are living in the 21st Century there are still some people who have medieval attitudes towards young girls. The barbaric treatment of the victims in this case was depraved and must never be allowed to...

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Looking at Indecent Images of Children IS Child Abuse

(10) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (12:55)

Today Stuart Hazell was jailed for life for killing Tia Sharp, the 12-year-old schoolgirl who had become the focus of his sexual interest.

This was a case involving many horrendous elements but there was one that stood out in a particularly worrying way.

Hazell, 37, was a...

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'Witch Hunt' or Justice for Victims?

(30) Comments | Posted 10 May 2013 | (00:00)

If someone committed a crime against you should they be let off if it had happened a long time ago? Or would you still want to see justice done, no matter how much time had passed?

Well today there has been a lot of debate about comments by...

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We Need to Talk About Sex

(4) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (00:00)

Do you remember the time your mum or dad sat you down for a chat about the birds and the bees? Good for them if they did but I bet it was a conversation you were desperate to end. For many parents and children talking about sex is excruciatingly embarrassing...

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Our Sexualised Society Is Harming Our Children and Turning Some of Them Into Abusers

(83) Comments | Posted 4 March 2013 | (23:00)

It is quite simply staggering that up to one in three sexual assaults on children are committed by other children.

Last year police forces in England and Wales who replied to our FoI request had dealt with at least 5,000 cases of child sexual abuse committed by...

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Is Your Teenager Playing With Fire?

(2) Comments | Posted 5 February 2013 | (08:47)

Today is Safer Internet Day. Never has the issue been so topical and urgent. We've all heard reports that teenagers are becoming increasingly sexualised. Images of scantily clad pop stars on MTV are nothing new, but what would you think if we said that girls as young as...

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Debate About Definition of Paedophilia Must Not Mask Reality of Child Abuse

(10) Comments | Posted 11 January 2013 | (09:15)

A recent Guardian article examining the definitions of paedophilia and the extent of sex offending has kicked off a fevered debate between academics and members of the public.

But while it raised some important questions about how we should deal with the problem of sexual abuse it skirted...

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Don't Let Child Protection Myths Spoil a Magical Summer of Sport

(2) Comments | Posted 18 September 2012 | (00:00)

As the curtain begins to fall on what has been a phenomenally successful summer of sport, it's hard not to feel buoyed up by the wave of positivity that has engulfed the nation. The Olympics and Paralympics have firmly embedded sport within the hearts and minds of Britons everywhere, instilling...

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Wrong Right to Appeal for Sex Offenders

(28) Comments | Posted 1 September 2012 | (00:00)

Today's (1 September 2012) 15th anniversary of the introduction of the sex offender register brings a surprise present for the very people it was designed to control - and a nasty surprise for anyone with the protection of children at heart.

From today, paedophiles and other criminals who have...

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Are Your Children Watching Pornography Online?

(17) Comments | Posted 27 August 2012 | (00:00)

When was the last time your children watched a hardcore porn video online? I'm guessing you're all outraged and shouting 'never' but how sure are you about what children are viewing online?

Leaving aside any debate about the rights and wrongs of pornography in society let's be clear about...

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More Child Sex Offenders Should Be Brought to Justice

(8) Comments | Posted 4 April 2012 | (00:00)

If someone commits a sexual assault against a child you'd probably expect them to be brought to justice. In fact, you'd usually assume they would go straight to jail. And you'd certainly find it very worrying if most offences against children went unpunished.

So you will be...

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