Creating a System that Puts the Welfare of Sexually Exploited Children at its Very Heart

Sarah Champion | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

We all want children and young people to feel safe and loved as they grow up, surrounded by people they can trust at time of innocence. Sadly for some the reality is very different. Children who become the victims of sexual predators who groom them, coerce and exploit them are left emotionally and physically scarred for life by these horrific experiences. They need careful support to help them towards recovery, provided by organisations like Barnardo's. Just as importantly, we need to take steps to stop these terrible crimes before they happen, and bring perpetrators to justice.

Parents Must Be Aware of the Signs of Child Sexual Exploitation

Michelle Lee-Izu | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Michelle Lee-Izu

For most young people growing up in a loving environment their teenage years are a period they will reflect upon fondly in later years. However for sexually exploited children, being a teenager can be a turbulent and harrowing time of violence and abuse.

Launching Barnardo's 'Someone to Care' Report

Bruce Oldfield | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Bruce Oldfield

Young people leaving care are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, more likely to become homeless, be unemployed and spend time in prison. Some will have been subject to abuse or neglect, and as vulnerable young adults they are likely to need someone to turn to, even after they have turned 18. It is time to end the misery of living alone too young for vulnerable youngsters, by giving every child in care the chance to 'stay put' until they're 21 - not just those in foster care.

Victoria Beckham Is Leading a Revolution

Darryl Morris | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Darryl Morris

Professional thin person Victoria Beckham has revealed some of her 'keep fit' regime... thank God! Vic told Allure magazine that she wakes up every day at 6am and takes a four-mile run. That's right... she's one of those sorts! Of course she is, as if there were any doubt.

We Need Robust Legislation to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Sarah Champion | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

It would be naïve to suggest that we can completely eradicate child sexual exploitation. Like any other crime it will continue to be committed while there remain individuals intent on committing it. However what we can do is ensure that we put in place a legal framework that has the welfare of young victims at its heart. It is my hope that this inquiry will help to achieve this.

SKINT at Christmas: Could you cope?

Neera Sharma | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Neera Sharma

Improving just one of these areas for low income families will make a huge difference towards helping lift children out of the poverty trap. Skint asks players to help Barnardo's tackle childcare costs for the poorest. It's a good start.

Support for Care Leavers Must Remain a Priority

Bruce Oldfield | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bruce Oldfield

Young people leaving care are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, more likely to become homeless, be unemployed and spend time in prison. Some will have been subject to abuse or neglect, and as vulnerable young adults they are likely to need someone to turn to, even after they have turned 18.

Lucy Sherriff

Government Is Prioritising Saving Money Over Young People's Futures, Warns Barnardo's | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Young British people are at risk of becoming a generation of aimless, career-less 'inbetweeners' because of government cuts, a leading charity has war...

Teenage Runaways Are Targeted by Sexual Predators

Brenda Blethyn | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Brenda Blethyn

I sometimes wonder whether we listen to children enough. Their world may seem like a mystery to us but young people today face pressures and dangers that we can't begin to comprehend. Through its specialist services Barnardo's works with more than a thousand sexually exploited children first hand. Many of these children have run away and are often incredibly vulnerable.

What Matters More?

PA | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK

Two-thirds of Britons still believe who you know matters more than what you know when it comes to getting on in life, a survey has found. The poll ...

The Government Is Failing Families on the Tipping Point Between Hardship and Financial Crisis

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Statistics published on Friday worryingly put the government on course to miss its legal duty to eradicate child poverty by 2020. It is a national scandal that the 21st Century, child poverty in this country is continuing to affect children's lives.

Children Living in Poverty Are Facing a Perfect Storm

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

If the government is to have any hope of meeting its legal duty to eradicate child poverty by 2020, it must closely monitor how the benefits cap affects the wellbeing of the UK's poorest families.

A Voice for Victims: Why Funders Should Support the Fight Against Modern Day Slavery

Gina Miller | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Miller

She had not been given a day off in three years and her employers had taken her passport away. She was shouted at, beaten and the children spat at her, hit her and pulled her hair. I asked why she had not left or run away. She said because her boss had told her that without a passport she would be put in prison by the British police for many years and would never see her children.

Barnardo's Calls for Change to Sentencing Guidelines in Child Sexual Exploitation Cases

Cherie Blair | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Cherie Blair

The brave children who seek justice for the abuse they have suffered have often not only to re-live the horrors of their experiences, but also to battle the perceptions that sometimes people have of them. These perceptions may mean they are not believed or perhaps they are left thinking that they are to blame for the horrifying abuse - that they in some way brought it upon themselves.

At Last, Children Whose Voices Are Rarely Heard Will Get the Attention They So Desperately Need

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

In these difficult times protecting and promoting the well-being of the most vulnerable children in society must be our absolute priority, now more than ever. The introduction of the Children and Families Bill couldn't have come at a better time - it is an eagerly awaited piece of legislation which is long overdue.

Barnardo's Plea to Light Up Lives of Children Waiting for Homes

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Today, there are thousands more children waiting to be adopted or fostered than there are people coming forward, to be mums and dads. The figures speak for themselves; more than 4,600 children are currently awaiting families and we need to find some 9,000 new foster families in the next 12 months.

Rash Housing Benefit Cuts Will Leave Unprotected Youngsters Out in the Cold

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

The prospects for young people starting out in the world today are already bleak with nearly one million young people currently unemployed - and now life is about to get even harder for them. The reckless proposal to remove housing benefits from under-25s risks leaving some of this country's most vulnerable young people out in the cold. What makes this proposal particularly distasteful is that in reality only a mere eight per cent of total housing benefits are claimed by under-25s, making this a policy which risks causing long-term harm to the lives of young people for the sake of a few headlines.

Much-needed Financial Support for Children Leaving Care

Paul Goggins | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Goggins

Children in care are amongst the most disadvantaged and marginalised young people in the UK - and financial support is vital if care leavers are to have the same chances in life as other young people.

More Needs to be Done to Protect Vulnerable Children From Sexual Exploitation

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

We need to see drastic changes to make sure the abusers who control such vulnerable children for sex and personal gain do not get away with it.

Debating How Child Poverty Is Measured Must Not Distract From Urgent Action Needed to Tackle It

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Barnardo's believes that the scandal of child poverty in this country will only be tackled when action is taken to improve both the income and the access to services that the poorest families have. We know that money matters to the poorest families - especially when rising living costs, stagnating wages, a weak labour market and spending cuts are placing more pressure on them than ever before. Many families in poverty in the UK live on just £12 per person per day after housing costs. That £12 has to stretch to cover everything: food, electricity, water, gas, bus fares.

G4S 'Used Force On Pregnant Woman'

PA | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK

A pregnant woman in a wheelchair was tipped up and had her feet held by staff from the firm behind the Olympics security shambles as she was forcibly ...

Not an Easy Fight, but the Right Fight

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Police prosecutions of men who sexually exploit children are rising, but sadly we are now working with more boys and girls who are abused in this way than ever - up 8.4% on last year. There is still a worrying lack of awareness of this issue across the board.

The Government Must Ensure the Pupil Premium Is Being Used to Transform Disadvantaged Pupils' Educational Experience

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Thursday's report from Ofsted revealing that the pupil premium is not consistently being used effectively is deeply concerning. It is particularly worrying since if targeted correctly, the funding has real potential to help to transform disadvantaged pupils' educational experience.

For Sale: James Bond's Car

PA | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home

One of 007's trademark Aston Martin sports cars is the star of a sale marking 50 years since James Bond burst onto the cinema screen. The auction o...

It's the Parenting That Counts This Father's Day

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

Listening to the arguments, I have become increasingly incensed by those who hold the opinion that a marriage between a man and woman automatically makes for the optimal situation in which to bring up children and parent.