Child Protection

Mosques In The Firing Line - Thoughts Following Quebec Mosque Attack

Shaukat Warraich | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Shaukat Warraich

A horrific, abhorrent gun attack on the Quebec City Islamic Centre that took place late Sunday evening compounds the fear that exists within Muslim co...

Protecting Pupils' Hearts And Minds

Claire Stead | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Moreover, by being able to intelligently monitor keystroke activity, both online and offline, allowing visibility of conversations or content being created in chatrooms, documents and messaging apps, schools can create smart and safe profiles of its pupils.

Digital Economy Bill: The BBFC Clarifies The Definition Of 'Prohibited Material' And Its Obligations Under UK Law

Murray Perkins | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK
Murray Perkins

The BBFC operates transparent, consistent and trusted co-regulatory and self-regulatory classification and labelling systems in the UK. The BBFC Classification Guidelines are based on large-scale public consultation and supplemented with expert research. The last review of the Classification Guidelines involved more than 10,000 members of the public from across the UK.

Speaking Out About Sexual Abuse: The Seed Of Change

Samantha Walsh | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Samantha Walsh

A child is like a tiny seed; a tree at the start of it's long life. The quality of the soil, the water, the climate - all determine the tree that seed will grow into. It's the duty of everyone who comes into contact with that little sapling to nurture it and protect it from the elements; to help it grow.

We Must Blow The Whistle On Child Abuse In Football

Peter Wanless | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

It essential that we continue to emphasise and support organisational awareness and action, but also help parents and carers act in an informed manner where they can also help encourage good child protection. The NSPCC will also continue its systematic work in schools to help develop a resilience in children that helps them speak out and stay safe.

The NHS: There Is Good News (Yes Really)

Chris Spencer | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Spencer

Maybe you know something innovative that your local GP or hospital is doing to make healthcare better. If you do, don't keep it to yourself - let the Academy know, and spread some seasonal cheer.

Digital Economy Bill Critics Stopping Children Being Protected From Online Porn

Javed Khan | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

This is a mendacious attempt to derail sensible safeguarding measures presumably as it is perceived to be easier to decry any attempts to regulate internet sites as 'unworkable', than have to make the case for why existing BBFC regulations for classification of sex on film might be reviewed and possibly modernised in light of changing sexual attitudes.

Resilience - A True Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

We walk along corridors past men, women and children sleeping on the floor. The storm has blown the roof away from the buildings in the school complex, there are cracks on the walls. One young man steps in to one partly damaged building as people wait anxiously outside.

A Porn Stars' Response To Children Accessing Porn

Samantha Bentley | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Samantha Bentley

Blaming porn for children being sexually active and anxious about sex, is a single minded and uneducated view. Snapchat, Tinder, Facebook and even Whatsapp, all give young people an endless platform for swapping messages and photos without their parents knowing.

Digital Economy Bill Reaches The House Of Commons Committee Stage

Javed Khan | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

Theresa May talked very tough last week in her conference speech about making sure business interests don't undermine the wider needs of the community. An ideal start would be for her government to ensure the regulator receives the powers it needs to block sites that are not willing to ensure their customers are old enough to view them.

When Domestic Violence Makes You Mentally Unwell, The Perpetrator May Gain Custody Of The Children

Joy Hibbins | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

I find it extremely difficult to accept that Anna lost custody of her younger children to a man who had been violent towards her - and allegedly to her elder daughters. Their case has continued to trouble me. It is just as upsetting, three years on.

Let's Make Sure Online Porn Is Strictly For Over 18s

Peter Wanless | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Wanless

Recent research by the NSPCC found that young people are as likely to see online porn accidentally as search for it, and that repeated viewing can lead them to see porn as realistic. Exposing children to porn at a young age, before they are equipped to cope with it, can be extremely damaging to their developing understanding of sex and relationships.

People Don't Understand the Problems FGM Causes for Women - I Didn't Even Understand Myself

Hadas | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Hadas

Most people in Eritrea think that if a girl is cut, she will grow up to be a good girl; that she will not bring shame on her family and she will marry well. If a girl is not cut, they think she will grow up to be a 'slut'; a girl who thinks about sex and will not be satisfied by one man.

How Safe Are Our Children?

Peter Wanless | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

How safe are our children? How happy are their lives? These are the questions that occupy my mind and should be directing decisions and actions taken by politicians, policymakers and public sector workers across the UK

We All Grieve for Baby Keegan

Martin Barrow | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

I was going to write an uplifting blog in celebration of Foster Care Fortnight, which takes place this month. But it is so difficult to be cheerful and optimistic about safeguarding children when the news is dominated by the murder of an infant at the hands of the woman entrusted with her care...

Icelandic Approach to Tackling Child Abuse Doubles Conviction Rates

Anne Longfield | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Anne Longfield

It's a statistic that never fails to shock: the vast majority of all child sexual abuse is concealed and never reported to the authorities. Only one in eight victims ever come to their attention.

No Catchy Tag Line - A Thought About the Politics of Child Protection

Leon Spence | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Leon Spence

When anyone sits down to write a blog or opinion piece, if they are anything at all like me, they will be thinking about a point they want to make to drag readers in, if you will an angle to provoke and promote debate and interaction.

Child Abuse Exists in the Shadows - We Must Address This Toxic Cocktail

Sarah Champion | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

As a country, we seem to have accepted that child abuse is almost inevitable. We get irate and call for resignations when each prosecution comes to court, but it is always the social worker or police officer to blame, rather than what could have been done to prevent it. Remember that each crime represents a child. The outcomes of abuse can be devastating.

Why I Launched Dare2Care, A Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse

Sarah Champion | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

Through my campaigning to prevent the specific crime of child sexual exploitation (CSE), I found out more and more about the scale of child abuse in the UK. It is truly shocking... So what can we do to stop this abuse that is on an epic scale? More importantly, what can I as a Member of Parliament do? With this question keeping me awake, I developed the idea of Dare2Care.

Preventable or Inevitable? Stopping Child Sexual Abuse Before It Starts

Donald Findlater | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Donald Findlater

If we care about children's safety, it is time we focused scarce resources on preventing abuse - by better protecting children and by helping those with the potential to offend to lead good lives. Such an approach is better for children, better for families and better for those with the potential to do children harm. It is also better for the public purse. Child sexual abuse is preventable. It is not inevitable.

Adoptions Without Consent: Children's Rights Are Paramount

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

It was the introduction of the English Adoption and Children Act, passed in 2002, that placed the rights of the child front and centre of the English legal approach to child protection and brought English adoption practices in line with international legislation.

As Conflict Takes Its Toll in Ukraine, Young Minds Must Thrive Again

Toby Fricker | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK
Toby Fricker

As long as the conflict remains unsolved, many young Ukrainian lives are on hold. I recall what Dasha told me in the village. "I will remember this year for the rest of my life. I feel like I've lived 10-years in one because it was so tense." Her experiences will clearly never be forgotten. But with the right support, Dasha and young Ukrainians affected by the conflict can thrive once again.

Protecting Children in the Sandstorm of Za'atari

Lily Caprani | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

Each day, new lives are arriving here in the substitute maternity unit in Za'atari, while hundreds more are being killed every day eight miles away in Syria. We alone can't give the children of Syria what they need the most - ceasefire and peace - but we can protect their lives, their bodies and their minds from further harm and help them survive yet another bitter winter here in the Jordanian desert.

Child Protection Is Everyone's Responsibility

Angela Constance | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Constance

We need a system that is ready to meet the demands of caring for, and keeping our children and young people safe in the 21st Century. A system that recognises everyone's responsibility to protect children.

A Dysfunctional Family: What Are a Grandchild's Rights?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Olga Levancuka

Raising a question that is rarely addressed... A woman was raised in a dysfunctional family. When she was a baby, she was physically and psychologica...