Child Protection

Adoptions Without Consent: Children's Rights Are Paramount

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 08.11.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 29.10.2015 | 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 26.10.2015 | 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 30.09.2015 | 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...

Childhood Under Attack in Yemen

David Bull | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK
David Bull

The conflict in Yemen is a tragedy for the country's children. I wish I could make it stop. Despite the dangers and difficulties, Unicef staff are in the country and working day and night delivering vital, life-saving supplies, immunising children, providing emergency nutrition and clean water, and helping children wherever we can. Unicef only have a fraction of the funds we need and are stretched thin. We can help more children but only with your support.

As a Foster Carer You Always Feel That You Should Have Done More for a Child

Martin Barrow | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We want our foster children to grow up to become doctors or teachers, engineers or scientists, to have the same opportunities and aspirations as our own daughters, and how wonderful that would be.

Child Protection Must Be at the Heart of Ofsted Inspections

Meg Munn | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

The new government must act to place the protection of children at the centre of Ofsted's work when inspecting schools.

Why Were Child Abuse Images Off the Election Agenda?

Peter Wanless | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

Election fever has brought a rash of in-depth debates from all the political parties about various issues - the health service, affordable housing, non-doms, the economy. But none have even begun to scratch the surface of one of the most serious problems of our time. Child abuse images.

We Cannot Fail Children By Shying Away From Talking About Porn

Sue Minto | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Sue Minto

We know porn can be a difficult subject to talk about but young children have easy access to it - long gone are the days when this material was confined to the top-shelf of a newsagents. Children who are trying to learn about sex and relationships can access unlimited porn online, for free, 24 hours a day.

Savile: Celebrity Scandal Should Not Overshadow Abuse Victims' Pain

Deanna Neilson | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Deanna Neilson

With hope, the Government's publication of the Savile reports will emphasise the importance - to children, adults working with children and those who may have suffered abuse in the past - of both listening and speaking out. No one should face the terrors of abuse alone.

Online bullying: We Must also Consider Children who Bully Others

Deanna Neilson | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Tech
Deanna Neilson

The best source of help for children in these situations is usually their parents. Whether your child is being bullied or bullying others, it's important to know what's going on in their lives you so can help address the issue and any potentially larger problems behind it.

Everyone's Talking About Alex's Willy. Have You Seen It?

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK

You might not expect a charity to make a video about a child's penis going viral. But here it is. The animated film shows a little boy, Sam, taking...

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

John Cameron | Posted 15.02.2015 | 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.

Why There Are Fewer Safe Places for Teenagers in Crisis

Andy McCullough | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Andy McCullough

The charity Railway Children, which works with children who run away and end up on the streets, this week launches the report Reaching Safe Places. Funded by the charity's corporate partner Aviva, the report also involved a group of young researchers with personal experience of running away and homelessness.

Big 25 for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is 25 years old this Thursday. What an amazing victory for all the child rights campaigners!

In Their Own Words : Children Rough Sleepers at Upcoming Brussels Conference - Rising Numbers Europewide Now a Critical Human Rights Issue

Nick Fouche | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Fouche

'I wish to go to school and, hopefully one day, even university. After that, I want to find a job, then get married and have children who will gr...

The State Should Be a Parent Who Doesn't Turn Its Back on Young People

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Childhood is short. And maybe like me, you remember longing to be grown up because of the freedom and adventure we perceived adulthood brings. But for some of our most vulnerable young people, adulthood is thrust upon them too soon.

Little Johnny and Facebook : Wising Up to Online Protection Hazards

Nick Fouche | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Fouche

In sum, over an intensive two-year period of online interaction with a sizably representative group of its target population, the I.O.R. project team prepares now to conclude the animation of its profile pages with further confirmation of its very earliest suspicions surrounding use of the social networks by some of Europe's youngest online account holders.

World Humanitarian Day! Remembering the Brave

Unni Krishnan | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a world where close to a billion people go to hungry, is there a choice not to be humanitarian?

Needed - A Good Child Protection System

Meg Munn | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

The spotlight on the activities of the likes of Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, and current concerns about possible cover ups of establishment figures, must not distract us from our responsibility to ensure that today's child protection services function well.

New Inquiries Into Widepread Institutional Child Abuse Are a Positive Step, But Action Must Follow

Jonathan Wheeler | Posted 20.09.2014 | 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.

Will Children of Syria Ever Heal From the Scars of War?

Kumar Tiku | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

During the course of my humanitarian work in Syria, I have listened to many children share their perspectives. The death of family members, whether siblings or a parent or other loved one is common. Being displaced from their homes, often more than once, and finding their friends and communities snatched away. Memories of repeated attacks from warring parties that flattened whole neighborhoods, fires that raged through the night stay with them.

Field Diary: 72 Hours to Travel 32 Kilometres - A Humanitarian Mission in Aleppo

Insaf Nizam | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Insaf Nizam

I was part of a recent humanitarian mission that delivered emergency assistance to children and families in six hard-to-reach villages in northwestern Aleppo governorate. For some families living in this remote area near the Turkish border, it had been almost two years since they had received humanitarian supplies...

Field Diary: Unicef School Bags, a Symbol of Hope in War-Torn Aleppo

Hamida R. Lasseko | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Hamida R. Lasseko

During my visit to the Unicef-supported Basic Education School for displaced grade one to four children at the Aleppo University I met a number of confident, upbeat children, not shy to ask tough questions... As a mother, I could not hold back my tears when a young girl got up and asked me: "When will this war end?"