Child Abuse Prevention

First UK Prosecution for FGM Is a Watershed Moment

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK
Efua Dorkenoo

The public is increasingly engaged and motivated to act. The relevant policy is in place and front line professionals are being slowly equipped with the tools and information they need to ensure that FGM is streamlined into their child safeguarding procedures. There is no reason to continue to fail our girls.

Not in the Name of the Dalai Lama: Tibetan Reaction to Child Rape Reveals a Deeper Malaise

Adele Wilde-Blavatsky | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Adele Wilde-Blavatsky

This week it was reported that a five-year old Tibetan girl had been allegedly raped by two Tibetan adult males in the settlement of Mundgod, South India. As shocking as the alleged crime was the revelation that the Mundgod camp officer and settlement officer had encouraged the father of the child not to pursue criminal charges against the men. Why?

But What Has Google Ever Done for Us?

Alice Bonasio | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

In the past months there's been a seismic shift in how Google is perceived by the media, government and public in the UK. From being pretty much universally loved and admired as a bastion of corporate goodness Google now finds itself mocked for its "Don't Be Evil" slogan and accused of either condoning or facilitating a range of despicable deeds...

We Cannot Eradicate Extreme Poverty Without Confronting the Root Causes of FGM

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK
Efua Dorkenoo

Dealing with gender inequality starts with tackling the root causes of all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) such as female genital mutilation (FGM). As long as these inequalities are not dealt with, the participation and empowerment of girls is not possible and the eradication of poverty remains a dream, where half of society is harmed for the [supposed] benefit of the remainder.

FGM Is Not 'Cultural': It Is Violence against Women and Girls

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Efua Dorkenoo

We are heartened by this month's announcement by DFID of up to £35 million to address the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) overseas and strongly commend the department on its new initiative.

NSPCC Finally Considers Female Genital Mutilation a Child Protection Issue

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Efua Dorkenoo

After working to get female genital mutilation (FGM) onto the child protection agenda for over 20 years in the UK, I am pleased that it is finally being officially considered a key child safeguarding issue

UN Global Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Is a Landmark Event

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Efua Dorkenoo

FGM involves the partial or complete removal of female external genitalia and, aside from its potential lifelong physical and psychological risks, is a gross violation of the human rights of the girl child.

Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation in the UK: The Way Forward

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Efua Dorkenoo

Despite sustained efforts to discourage it, FGM continues to be practised on girls in the UK. An estimated 24,000 girls in England and Wales alone are at risk of undergoing FGM, but the real number is likely to be significantly higher than this.

Bureau Of Investigative Journalism Editor Iain Overton Quits

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

The crisis surrounding a Newsnight programme, which wrongly implicated Tory peer Lord McAlpine in a child sex abuse scandal has claimed another scalp...

'Weirdo' Comment Does Nothing To Help Our Cause

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

Charity chiefs have warned that the scandal surrounding BBC Newsnight's investigation into the child abuse which took place at a Welsh care home, lead...

Female Genital Mutilation Is Child Abuse Too; So Why NO Enquiries About Ignoring It?

Hilary Burrage | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

For the sake of all children, and specifically to halt the hurt to an estimated-average 50 children at risk or victims of female genital mutilation in Britain every day of the entire year, we must demand to know right now exactly who in child safe-guarding is responsible for what.

Female Genital Mutilation - Child Abuse and Nothing Less

Alan Wardle | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Wardle

Though female genital mutilation is against the law in the UK, there are over 20,000 girls in England and Wales alone who are at risk and this is considered an underestimate, yet not a single person has ever been prosecuted for this crime.

Take Race and Faith Out of Abuse

Jonathan Wheeler | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Wheeler

Having seen many examples of child abuse in my 15 years of experience as a personal injury lawyer, I can tell you that victims expect and deserve to be treated the same, regardless of the race or religion of those responsible for their suffering. Would we really expect anything different?

Campaigner Sara Payne Rushed To Hospital After 'Collapsing In Agony'

PA | Posted 13.12.2011 | UK

The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne has been rushed to hospital almost two years after surviving a life-threatening stroke, friends say. ...