Child Abuse

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

Jon Brown | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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.

Let's Drop The Clichés: Mandatory Reporting and Simple Protocols Are Essential to Prevent FGM and Other Child Abuse

Hilary Burrage | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Hilary Burrage

There are points in any campaign where the emphasis shifts; and that's where we are now with female genital mutilation (FGM), at least in the UK.

Emotional Abuse Cannot Be Ignored - and Now Children Have the Law on Their Side

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

At Action for Children, we have reached a huge milestone - following our three-year campaign and thanks to the Ministry of Justice, the legal definition of child cruelty will include emotional as well as physical harm. This new law will change lives. I've met children and young people who have suffered intolerable emotional abuse at the hands of people who are supposed to love them most.

The Neglect of Children Is Everyone's Responsibility

Meg Munn | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

Current structures are not well organised to locate children like these, nor provide essential early help. As re-organisation follows re-organisation, and with reduced budgets, the inevitable step is to focus on the most urgent situations.

Child Neglect: The Scandal That Never Breaks

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

One in ten children - more than 1.5million - suffers from neglect. It is the most prevalent form of child abuse and features in 60% of serious case reviews into the death or serious injury of a child... What I find mind-boggling, is the fact that as a nation we have no overarching, strategic plan in place to address the issue.

Speed-Dating for Toddlers: A Solution to Britain's Adoption Crisis?

Ben Acheson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

In an ideal world, nobody would need to be adopted, but this is not an ideal world. Adoption parties cannot prevent a child being taken into care, but they can help take them out of care. They give 'hard-to-place' children a greater chance of placement. They tackle some endemic problems in the adoption process.

A Cloud-Based Archive Could Help Online Child Abuse Victims

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Tech

A new cloud-based archive of child abuse images could help to identify new victims. Project Vic is a database of pictures against which those seize...

First UK Prosecution for FGM Is a Watershed Moment

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Efua Dorkenoo

The public is increasingly engaged and motivated to act. The relevant policy is in place and front line professionals are being slowly equipped with the tools and information they need to ensure that FGM is streamlined into their child safeguarding procedures. There is no reason to continue to fail our girls.

Two Children Are Dead After A Mass Poisoning At A Chinese School

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

Two children have died and another 30 are sick in a mass poisoning at a kindergarten in southwestern China, authorities have confirmed. Investigato...

Missing Girl Found In Amazon Jungle Seven Months After Disappearance

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK

A nine-year-old girl who went missing seven months ago has reportedly been rescued from captivity deep in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest. Seven months...

Pope's First Year of Papacy Has Been a Failure on Child Abuse

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

Ahead of the first anniversary of his papacy, it's a good time to review the Pope's handling of the child abuse crisis, which so plagued the papacy of his predecessor. Few would dispute that clerical child abuse was the most pressing issue, given that his predecessor's lamentable performance on this was widely thought to be the main reason that a papal election took place.

Our Chance to Stop Sexual Violence Against Children in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

When I visited a refugee registration centre in Lebanon recently, I heard stories of young children who have been through shocking experiences. Syrian boys and girls have fled conflict, lost their homes and watched friends and family members being killed. And now these children are facing another threat - the often hidden horror of sexual violence.

PM Faces Downing Street Cover-Up Accusations Over Child Abuse Images Probe

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron is facing claims of a Downing Street cover-up after a senior aide was arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn. Patrick Rock re...

What Is Harriet Harman Supposed to Apologise For?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

To witness, in full swing, the 'politics of apology', with all its childish, faux-outrage, and fuelled by right-wing tabloid hysteria, is pretty dispiriting. Labour's Harriet Harman, I am assured, has no plans to apologise for her role in the National Council for Civil Liberties four decades ago. And, in the absence of a 'smoking gun', nor should she have to.

GRAPHIC: Father Padlocks Son's Mouth And Beats Him To Death For Being An 'Evil Child'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOW A father has been arrested after he allegedly padlocked his son's mouth shut to stop him from screaming while he savage...

Jimmy Savile Victims 'Laughed At And Ignored', Says NSPCC Report

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK

Many of Jimmy Savile's victims were ignored or laughed at when they revealed at the time that he had sexually abused them, a report has found. Othe...

An Analysis of the Criticism By the United Nations of the Vatican Over Child Abuse - And the Vatican's Reaction to It

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

States that ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as has the Vatican - or technically its diplomatic name, the Holy See (HS) - are subject to 5 yearly examinations by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The Woody Allen and William Roache Cases Remind Us How Incredibly Important Trial by Jury Is

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

This week, verdicts were passed on two men accused of sexually abusing minors. The manner in which the verdicts were passed could not have been more different...

Cruel Cut Aftermath, Space For FGM Survivors

Leyla Hussein | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leyla Hussein

Today we Mark FGM Zero Tolerance Day - 6 February is a reminder that female genital mutilation is a global issue; it should not, however, be the only day we remember that. Sadly, every minute five girls undergo FGM. If it takes you a couple of minutes to read this blog, by the time you're finished 10 girls will or more have been irreversibly mutilated.

Vatican Under Unprecedented Scrutiny Over Child Abuse

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

Perhaps the biggest question that this examination raises is the extent to which Francis wishes to - or indeed is able to - start coming clean over child abuse by requiring reporting to secular authorities, and cooperating with them by providing information which the Vatican has hitherto kept secret and instructed others to do likewise.

Children 'Forced To Eat Their Own Vomit' In Church-Run 'Hell Hole'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

Children at residential homes run by Catholic nuns were treated like prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp, a former resident has claimed. The lar...

The Pope Francis Rebrand Is a PR Miracle

Alec Short | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Alec Short

Don't allow yourself to be lectured on morality by an organization which has made damn sure that it hasn't got a leg left to stand on either. At least there was some honesty about Ratzinger, he didn't hide his scorn for the ungodly.

The Silence of Pope Francis

Aaron Vallely | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Pope Francis appears accessible, tender, and compassionate. Always willing to help the poor and the marginalised. Worldwide attention he has garnered. When it comes to victims of sexual abuse and torture by members of the church, however, he is suspiciously and oddly silent.

Child Marriage Sets Girls Up for a Lifetime of Abuse

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqui Hunt

Ending child marriage internationally should be a global priority and included within the post-2015 development framework. A set of indicators that reflect the full range of issues surrounding child marriage should also be reviewed by donors when reviewing countries for development funding.

Dead Children and the Law

Felicity Gerry | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Felicity Gerry

During the past week, people across the world were shocked and saddened by the story of the disappearance and subsequent death of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular in Scotland. This shock then turned to disbelief after his mother, Rosdeep Kular, 33, was detained... She appeared in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday and idiots on the internet had a field day.