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Remembering We Have More In Common This Refugee Week

Javed Khan | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

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.

Volunteers Are The Life Blood Of Barnardo's

Javed Khan | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

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.

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

Javed Khan | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

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.

From Poverty To Become A Pilot, Work With Snow Patrol, Mother And Wife. Impossible?

Tina McGuff | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

I would often seek solace in a bottle of alcohol, use various other methods to steal me from the toxic home environment I found myself in or simply try and end my life.

Barnardo's Issues Advice For Worried Parents Watching 'Coronation Street' Grooming Storyline

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents

Parents are being given advice about the warning signs of sexual exploitation, following developments in a ‘Coronation Street’ storyline. Barnardo...

FGM Figures Are Tip Of The Iceberg

Michelle Lee-Izu | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Michelle Lee-Izu

FGM is child abuse and no girl should ever have to live with the harmful physical and emotional consequences of this terrible practice.

Child-On-Child Sexual Abuse Soars By Almost 80% In Just Three Years

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

The number of alleged sex offences committed by children against other youngsters has increased by 78 percent in just three years, an investigation ha...

Why Every Child Needs Someone Who Believes In Them

Javed Khan | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Laughing while being pushed on the park swings, blowing out candles on a birthday cake and enjoying family holidays, are memories which make us look back and smile as we go through our adult lives.

MPs Vote Against Compulsory Sex And Relationships Education

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A parliamentary committee has voted against legislation that would make sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory in schools- despite the fact ...

Digital Economy Bill Critics Stopping Children Being Protected From Online Porn

Javed Khan | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

This is a mendacious attempt to derail sensible safeguarding measures presumably as it is perceived to be easier to decry any attempts to regulate internet sites as 'unworkable', than have to make the case for why existing BBFC regulations for classification of sex on film might be reviewed and possibly modernised in light of changing sexual attitudes.

We Need To Believe In Children Now More Than Ever

Javed Khan | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

2016 is an historic year for Barnardo's as we mark our 150th anniversary. We are one of the oldest and largest children's charities - and we have a remarkable and pioneering legacy to live up to. We want to mark our anniversary by showing it's possible to transform the lives of millions more children and families, with the public's support.

Child-on-Child Abuse Must Be Tackled

Javed Khan | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

We've left children to navigate their way through this explicit content and decide what is right and what is wrong. Even parents who provide loving homes don't necessarily know how to keep their children safe online. Children must be better protected and understand what the parameters of acceptable sexual behaviour are, so as a society we can prevent this from happening.

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

Javed Khan | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

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 get the support they need to succeed in life. They are our future.

Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation Overlooked

Javed Khan | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

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 workers may be missing children affected by CSE.

Putting the Spotlight on Internet Safety

Javed Khan | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

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...

A Multi-Agency Approach Is Needed to Successfully Tackle FGM

Javed Khan | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

Tackling FGM might be a slow and long process, but with every lesson learned we'll get a little bit further towards our goal. It's comforting to see the willingness among all agencies in this country to end new cases of FGM. We are certainly going in the right direction, yet we need to ensure that all the willingness and commitment is not just talk...

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

Javed Khan | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

Each and every one of us can help to protect children with learning disabilities, but as a society we must be prepared to fundamentally change our attitudes and approach to how this group of young people are treated and supported. Only then can we take the necessary steps to protect these children and make sure that no one uses their disability to sexually exploit them.

Barnardo's Accuses Authorities Of 'Insufficient Action' Over Sex Abuse Concerns

PA | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK

A children's charity has accused authorities of taking "insufficient action" over concerns they raised seven years ago about a girl whose abusers hav...

A Humbling and Inspirational 12 Months

Javed Khan | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

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.

Demanding Givers

Javed Khan | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

A competitive fundraising climate with 'market-savvy' donors creates a demand for bigger and tougher challenges. It puts pressure on charities and fundraisers to stand-out and show why they are most deserving of support. I welcome that - I want everyone to know where their hard-earned money goes when they donate to us.

There Is No Quick Fix for Child Sexual Exploitation

Javed Khan | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

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.

From a Mother to Another

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

We all know how quickly little ones grow and often there is plenty of life left in their outgrown clothes. The figures are staggering: parents spend on average, £11,000 on clothing per child as they grow, with a third of clothing in the UK ending up in landfill. Having built JoJo on a "waste not, want not" ethos, we knew something had to be done.

It's Vital That Young People Sign Up to Vote

Javed Khan | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

Our worry is that millions of young people will miss this opportunity to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others. What is more, there is a risk that because of the new individual registration process, they could fall off - or never even get on - the electoral register. We know that private renters, students and young people are most at risk of losing their vote.

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

Javed Khan | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

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 to speed up adoptions, announced by Michael Gove in 2012, briefly reversed that trend. But it looks as though there has now been a dramatic loss of nerve by many in the social care sector...

Every Child Deserves a Loving Family

Javed Khan | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

This week is National Adoption Week (3-9 November) and this year the focus is on finding new parents for groups of brothers and sisters. According to research carried out by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering around half of the 6,000 children in the UK currently waiting to be adopted are in sibling groups.