Child Abuse

Call To Reinvestigate 'Suspicious Deaths' Of Child Abuse Whistlerblowers

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Politics

A campaigning MP has called for the reinvestigation of the suspicious deaths more than 20 years ago of two whistleblowers who he believes had signific...

MPs And Peers Named In Westminster Paedophile Ring Dossier

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics

A dossier implicating three MPs and a three members of the House of Lords in a Westminster paedophile ring has been handed to Scotland Yard. The Su...

Over 4,000 People Contact NSPCC About Non-Recent Abuse Since Savile Revelations

John Cameron | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
John Cameron

Since the sickening crimes of Jimmy Savile were revealed in October 2012 the NSPCC helpline has received an unprecedented number of calls from adults talking about non-recent abuse. Over 4500 courageous adults have contacted our practitioners over the past two years, to report concerns and to get advice - over 30 per cent of these cases have been so serious that they have had to be referred to the police.

PM Targets 'Evil' Online Child Abusers

PA | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK

Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken of his fears as a father over internet safety as he launched an international crackdown on "evil" online child...

Life Set To Get Much Tougher For 'Dark Net' Paedophiles

PA | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK

Millions of "sickening and depraved" child abuse images will be removed from the internet as part of an international crackdown being launched by the ...

'One In Four British Girls A Victim Of Sexual Abuse'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

A quarter of girls and a sixth of boys under 16 in Britain could be victims of sexual abuse, an expert has said. There could be as many as 11 milli...

If '#CameronMustGo', Does the Tory Party Have Anyone up to the Job?

Will Black | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

In the first 10 days of #CameronMustGo trending on Twitter there have been in excess of half a million tweets using the hashtag. Behind in the polls, with Ukip snapping at his ankles like a Pekingese, the mass vote of no confidence in the prime minister is the last thing he needs as he hurtles towards the general election...

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 24.12.2014 | 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 24.12.2014 | UK

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 21.12.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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...