Child Abuse

Dangerous Childhoods Marred by Violence

Anita Tiessen | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

I met Bryan, who is also 11. He loves cycling, but he's only allowed to cycle down the road as far as his mother can see him. One of the reasons that he can't go any further is that his older brother did. His brother ended up in a gang and he died six months ago. He was just 17. Being a mother in El-Salvador is a high-wire emotional act...

I'm a Survivor of 'Honour' Based Violence, We Need to Ensure Girls Don't Feel Abandoned Like I Did

Laila | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK
Laila

Homa, my middle sister "rebelled" in tiny, typical teenage ways, by ripping her jeans and listening to music. When Homa was 16 she overheard our stepmother and dad making plans for her to marry a 40-year-old. We'd met him when we'd been taken to visit the family, but we'd had no idea we were being displayed as potential brides.

Sometimes It's Not Right to Report Sexual Abuse

Alexandra Massey | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

If I had the urge to publicly accuse this man, I'd have to question myself and my motives. The only one I can think of is if I was stuck in a victim mindset and sought revenge. Thankfully I'm not. Behaving like a victim disenfranchises you, steals your integrity and keeps you stuck. Yes, they were responsible for what happened then but I am responsible for myself now.

How the Girl Generation Came to Be

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Efua Dorkenoo

The issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) requires urgent action: more than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM - the equivalent of Kenya's entire population almost three times over...

Be the Voice for Abused Children

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Doubt and fear of getting it wrong must play on people's minds even if they are worried. Often there are no obvious, physical signs of neglect. But if a child you know shows signs of not being fed or clothed properly, is missing school a lot or is left unsupervised and alone inappropriately for their age, we urge people to alert the professionals. I remember speaking to Claire [not her real name], one of our many fantastic foster carers. She has been looking after a 15-year-old boy who came into her care about two years ago, having suffered years of neglect. She spoke of how he looked like an 'eight-year-old' because he had been so badly underfed...

Why The 'Paedophile Hunter' Is Britain's Most Devisive Vigilante

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

A controversial new documentary following the actions of a so called “paedophile hunter" who publicly shames men he accuses of grooming children has...

Huge Increase In Number Of British Children Being Trafficked

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

The number of British children reported as being trafficked for sex or forced labour within the UK has surged in the last year, as high-profile abuse ...

What to Do If a Child Says 'I Want to Kill Myself'

Alexandra Massey | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

For any parent, teacher or carer, hearing a child say 'I want to kill myself' is a heart stopping moment. In the following seconds, time either stands still or comes rushing at you like a speed train. It might seem impossible to find the right words.

Child Forced To Sleep Next To Dead Nun At Care Home Of Horrors

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK

A young girl was forced to sleep in a locked room next to a dead nun, a public inquiry into historical child abuse at a care home of horrors has heard...

The Benefit Cap Is Harming Victims of Domestic Violence

Anastasia Richardson | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Anastasia Richardson

The Benefit Cap limits the total benefits a family can receive to £500 per week. For a single person, the limit is £350. The benefit cap is putting some of the most vulnerable people in our society - women fleeing domestic violence with their children - at risk of serious harm.

The Paradox of Men in Power Shaping Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls

Natalie Gyte | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Gyte

In a practical sense, no single remedy can address this endemic issue. Instead a range of solutions, constituting a holistic approach, are required. Firstly, a truly independent inquiry should be commissioned - one which is not led by any of the institutions implicated in the case, and further not implemented by a high profile man or men.

Child Protection: Listening to Children and Professionals

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Every day, we work with vulnerable children, many of whom have experienced or are at risk of child sexual exploitation. This horrific abuse has affected a number of children supported by our services, whether related to risks to those in residential or foster care, or to young parents receiving our help. Awareness must be raised and professionals, children, and their carers must be educated about the risks around exploitation, as well as ways to guard against it.

Trial By Media in Rotherham

Paul Blanchard | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

The press has a role to play in scandals of this type. We need them to highlight this kind of horror and help us try to understand how such sickening events can continue for so very long unhindered. But we need them to do it responsibly. Deciding that one person is to blame for a situation which has been going on for decades - and is probably going on in other areas of the country too - does them no credit.

Child Sex Abuse In Rotherham Could Just Be The Beginning

PA | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK

A child protection campaigner has warned that the sexual exploitation of youngsters is a much wider issue than had been acknowledged. Hilary Willme...

Child Sexual Abuse Content Downloaded on a Fifth of Corporate Networks

Christian Berg | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Berg

The growth in portable USB devices and mobile storage means there is a disturbing trend of offenders increasingly bringing illegal images or videos into the workplace. In fact, many businesses are already unwittingly storing, and allowing the movement of, illegal images and videos across their networks.

Mother Jailed For 11 Years Beating 3-Year-Old Mikaeel To Death

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK

A mother who killed her three-year-old son, dumped his body in a suitcase and claimed that he was missing has been jailed for 11 years. Mikaeel Kul...

Surf's Up and Cameron Needs to Stand Up

Will Black | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Without wishing to get all psychoanalytical, there does seem to be a parallel between Cameron's reluctance to stand up and surf and his apparent inability to stand up as a respected world leader.

Child Neglect Can Be Stopped in Its Tracks: The Right Information Will Help Reach Children Early

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Children who may be suffering or who are at greater risk of neglect, but whose circumstances do not reach an authority's threshold to receive social care support, are less likely to get the help that they need. Instead, their situations can be allowed to deteriorate to become even more desperate or dangerous. It is a tragedy that due to a lack of gathering the right information, children whose lives could be improved are needlessly put at further risk. Child neglect can be stopped in its tracks.

'A complex cultural form of child abuse'

Huffington Post/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK

Police are investigating rising numbers of female genital mutilation (FGM) cases without charging people with offences, according to new figures. D...

Eno, Gaza and the Politics of Long-Distance Emoting

Dave Clements | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

I don't usually write about international relations. Or about music for that matter. My thing is social policy, whether its welfare, health and social...

Boris Launches Campaign While Cameron Holidays

Will Black | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

When I look back over David Cameron's political career, I will remember many things. The fact that he surrounded himself with millionaire Etonians while subjecting the most vulnerable in society to sharp cuts and while allowing global corporations and oligarchs to use Britain as a tax haven.

Pedophilia is an Affliction, Child Molestation is a Crime

Liam Deacon | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Is public hatred of pedophiles driving innocent, afflicted men away from the help they need? ... Our visceral public hatred of pedophiles could actually be making it harder for us to tackle the threat they pose to children.

Google Alerts Police Over Child Abuse Images In Gmail

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Tech

Google has reported a man to the police after spotting images of child abuse on his Gmail account. The man, a convicted sex offender, was then arre...

Google Tip-Off Leads To Investigation Of Child Abuse Images On Gmail Account

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK

Google sent a tip-off to child protection officials after spotting images of child abuse on the Gmail account of a convicted sex offender, who was the...

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...