Child Abuse

'A complex cultural form of child abuse'

Huffington Post/PA | Posted 08.08.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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...

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 06.08.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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 03.08.2014 | 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 01.08.2014 | 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.