Child Abuse

Should We Lock Up Paedophiles and Throw Away the Key?

Jon Brown | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

If we are going to protect children from sexual abuse we must make sure that anyone who recognises they have a problem, and want help to make sure they don't harm a child, is supported in getting treatment. I don't think you can 'cure' someone of paedophilia but you can use therapy to help them control their urges.

Pontiff at Your Service

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK
Lukas Mikelionis

If I had to describe the mass euphoria of the second living Pope reign, I would choose the phrase "sales marketing." Never in its modern existence, the Roman Catholic Church was so focused on deceit and ambiguities just to cater for a higher number of current and possible consumers...

Ethical Responses to Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Inquiries - Why We Need a Slow Approach

Professor Ann Gallagher | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK
Professor Ann Gallagher

Moral outrage comes easily when we hear the details of historical and recent child abuse and exploitation. The scale and consequences of events in Rotherham in particular leave most people scrambling for sensible comment beyond 'appalling', 'inexcusable' and 'something must be done'. But we need to do better.

Abuse Campaigners Are Not Conspiracy Theorists, Mr Cameron

Will Black | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

For Cameron to say, in response to the Wanless report, "It is important that it says that there wasn't a cover-up. Some of the people who've been looking for conspiracy theories will have to look elsewhere" seems astonishingly callous and shows little respect for survivors.

We Don't Have to Paw Over Dusty Filing Cabinets to Find Child Abuse Happening Today

Peter Wanless | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

Whether or not there are more papers to be found, I would encourage anyone with further information about past child abuse crimes to come forward. If your testimony can bring child abusers to justice and better protect children today, please speak up. Now is the time.... History will go on repeating itself until we learn one simple lesson - look out for and listen to children. They, in their own way, always tell us what is going on. We must all be ready and willing to take them seriously. In establishing an Inquiry with all necessary powers to get at the truth of what went on in the past, let's not take our eye off the ball for today's children. If you know or suspect abuse of a child please speak up, to us or to the police. Do it now.

Fried Clitoris at the FGM Café

Felicity Gerry | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Felicity Gerry

The campaigners have led the way where Governments have feared to tread. Efua's legacy ought to be a world without FGM and I am proud that women barristers are helping her to achieve this. What can you do? Talk about vaginas. I did - on a global scale.

May Apologises For Resignation Of Fiona Woolf

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK

Theresa May has apologised following the resignation last week of the second chairwoman of the inquiry into historical allegations of child sex abuse....

Change Is Required If Online Offenders Are Going to Be Caught

Mark Williams-Thomas | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Mark Williams-Thomas

The Government has consistently reduced resources and funding to the police so much so that many online child sex offenders can now offend without the fear of getting caught. It is sadly the reality that up until now no senior police officer has been bold enough to say.

Child Helplines From Around the World Unite in London

Peter Liver | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Peter Liver

Our report released today On the Edge showed a huge increase in children getting in touch about suicidal feelings. Last year (April 2013 - March 2014) we held 34,517 counselling sessions with children who talked about having suicidal feelings - 116% more than three years ago. Nearly 6,000 of these children had told a counsellor that they had previously attempted to take their own life.

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 23.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 01.11.2014 | 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 27.10.2014 | 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...