Child Abuse

BA Pilot Struck By A Train 'Took Own Life' After Child Abuse Allegations

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK

A British Airways pilot who was struck by a train after he was charged with child abuse offences "took his own life", a coroner ruled today. First Off...

New Inquiries Into Widepread Institutional Child Abuse Are a Positive Step, But Action Must Follow

Jonathan Wheeler | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Jonathan Wheeler

Two new inquiries into failures by those in power to uncover alleged child abuse crimes are well intentioned, but action must follow to bring perpetrators to justice and to ensure such abuse can never happen again.

What Theresa May Must Learn From the Butler-Sloss Mistake

Ben Moore | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

On the 14th of July 2014 Home Secretary Theresa May sat before a House of Commons select committee to answer questions about the recently announced en...

Never Before Will Law Enforcement Agencies Have Been So Well Equipped to Prevent Child Abuse

Mike Penning | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Penning

There are very few crimes which provoke such powerful emotions as child sexual abuse. The predatory paedophiles who commit these vile and abhorrent offences destroy the lives of their vulnerable victims for their own depraved gratification. It is a stain on civilised society, and one this government is absolutely determined to remove.

Cameron's Cull: Pointless Window Dressing or a Cunning Distraction?

Will Black | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

David Cameron yesterday had the enviable task of culling ministers, apparently to make way for fresh faces. Right-wing media predictably concentrated on the outrage of loyal long-standing Tories being driven out, rather than examining the toxicity that drove Cameron to take dramatic action at this stage of a parliament.

Mindfulness and Compasssion Go Hand in Hand

Sharon Bull | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

Across the world animals are being hunted and killed in vast numbers (some on the brink of extinction) by human hands and unlike animals that kill purely to survive, for most humans this is not the case.

Pope Francis Claims An Astonishing Number Of Clergy Are Paedophiles

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK

Pope Francis has revealed "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are are paedophiles. The astonishing claim is a result of research conducted ...

MPs Wife Posts Possibly Her Most Gratuitous And Ill-Timed Selfie Yet

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

Her husband is fighting the biggest political battle of his life. But, that hasn't stopped the wife of a rising Labour MP from trying to steal some of...

Sex, Lies and Scandal as Fiction and Fact Collide

Endeavour Press | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

Blind eyes were turned when paedophile politicians, churchmen and lawyers were allegedly violating children... 'Inquiries were stopped because of potential political embarrassment. Major people with connections (in politics) were dropped out and people lower down carried the can.'

Child Abuse, Cover-Ups and Public Schools

Jon Snow | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Jon Snow

I well remember my first days in my boarding school - the wolf whistles from the prefects' open windows as we passed in and out of our boarding quarters. Prettier boys were openly rated as desirable. It was in my second term, when I was 13 years old, that I first received a note from a 17-year-old in the school rugby team asking would I meet him for a smoke. This was a euphemism for intended sexual contact.

Cop Saw Documents In 1990s Suggesting Existence Of Establishment Paedophile Network

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

A notorious paedophile had a cache of documents that linked his abuse to establishment figures - but this was not acted on, a former police officer in...

Shocking Number Of Minors Accused Of Sexual Offences Against Other Children

PA | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

More than 8,000 under-18s were accused of sexual offences against other children in the last two years, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC. ...

'There May Well Have Been A Cover Up' - Ex Minister's Shocking Claim About Child Abuse

PA | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK

The former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit has said he believes there "may well" have been a political cover-up over child abuse in the 1980...

Home Office Reveals Disturbing Claims Of 100 Missing Child Abuse Files

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK

More than 100 official files relating to historic allegations of organised child abuse have gone missing, the Home Office has disclosed. Mark Sedwi...

Paedophiles 'Flocking' To The Dark Web

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Tech

Thousands of paedophiles are using the notorious 'dark web' to access and trade images of sexual abuse, according to a report by BBC News. The 'dar...

Rough Justice for Child Abuse Victims

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

By any measure 1989 was a momentous year. The Berlin Wall came crashing down and idea of the worldwide web was conceived. There was also a ground-breaking report from a UK judge recommending a better deal for child victims of sexual and other assaults who gave evidence against their abusers.

The End of Innocence

Lynne Parker | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lynne Parker

A few days later my friend took me aside at school to show me his latest letter to her which implied more of a relationship than was acceptable to our adolescent sensibilities. He professed undying love with the first glimmer of what he would like to do to her behind the elephant house!

Severely Neglected Children Will No Longer Suffer in Silence

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Emotional neglect is a clearly defined form of child abuse, with studies throughout the world evidencing its detrimental impact. As Robert Buckland recently said in New Humanist magazine, this law change is about tackling 'the systematic terrorising of children by parents who make their lives a living hell'.

Domestic Violence - What About the Children?

Stacey Lucas | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Stacey Lucas

According to the Office of National Statistics report in 2011/12 there was 2 million victims of domestic violence. 7% of women and 5% of men were estimated to have experienced domestic abuse, equivalent to an estimated 1.2 million female and 800,000 male victims.

Paternalistic Project Parliament: How Dr Phillip Lee MP's Healthcare System is Helping Prevent 'Baby P Tragedies'

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Martina Keens-Betts

As bad systems beget bad systems, good systems beget good systems - that's just the way it is. It is too late for the likes of poor Baby P, but we CAN seek to protect other children who are at risk by supporting MPs who promote this essential state-of-the-art, MIS-powered Super Hospital system model.

Nurse Taped Baby Mouth Shut 'Because He Was Crying Too Much' (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK

An investigation is underway after a couple visiting their newborn son found his mouth had been taped shut. Rye Kido, whose five-day-old baby boy ...

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

Jon Brown | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

I think there's a sense that these men thought they had not done anything wrong at all. A belief that these girls really wanted it anyway, that they would do anything for fame (and this was the deal) and that they were probably "damaged goods" because they didn't say no, or didn't say it loudly or clearly enough, or in a way that they really meant no.

Paedophiles 'To Be Given Same Treatment As Terrorists'

PA | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK

Paedophiles will be handed the same treatment as terrorists under a crackdown on child abuse to be included in the Queen's Speech. David Cameron sa...

British Parents Air Fears Over Paedo Teacher William Vahey

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Furious parents of schoolchildren taught by convicted paedophile William Vahey are to be given the chance to demand answers from the police, despite t...

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

Jon Brown | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

I think it is time to prioritise child abuse as a public health issue like heart disease, smoking and obesity. These diseases get a high profile in part because they have a cost, not only in human misery but also for the economy. The NSPCC is currently researching the economic costs to the UK of child sexual abuse and it is likely that it will be billions of pounds of year.