Child Protection

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

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 14.10.2014 | 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 29.09.2014 | 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?"

Prevention Is Key to Stopping Next Generation of Children Being Sexually Preyed Upon

Jon Brown | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

I think there's a sense that these men thought they had not done anything wrong at all. A belief that these girls really wanted it anyway, that they would do anything for fame (and this was the deal) and that they were probably "damaged goods" because they didn't say no, or didn't say it loudly or clearly enough, or in a way that they really meant no.

The Parent's Drug Cure Is Killing Their Children

Meg Munn | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

At the moment the number of children who die or suffer serious harm as a result of taking adult's prescribed medication is thankfully small. But the likelihood of a child dying if they do take these drugs is very high.

Tragedy of Callum Wilson Highlights Risks Faced by Children Returning From Care

Tom Rahilly | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Tom Rahilly

Improvements to the support we give these children must be seen as a priority by Government and local authorities. Without this children like Callum are likely to continue to be harmed and the revolving door of care will continue to affect too many young lives every year.

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

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 31.05.2014 | 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.

New Depths of Depravity in Online Child Abuse Images Utterly Shocking

Jonathan Wheeler | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK
Jonathan Wheeler

Government plans to use a central image database to identify abusers and their victims are welcome and with millions of these images already in circulation, there is no time to waste. Reports that a growing number of young children are subject to perverse sexual abuse through online imagery are truly appalling.

Making Children Pay for Their Healthcare Poses Significant Risks

Peter Grigg | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Grigg

We are calling on the government to rethink its proposals to ensure that all children and young people have access to free healthcare while they are in the UK when they need it, regardless of where they're from or who their parents are.

South Sudan: Give Peace (and Children) a Chance!

Unni Krishnan | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a group of 100 children, singing, playing and some crying, two girls stand out. Their names are Madiha, 9, and Lina, 4. It is not their unusual silence that catches my attention, but the way they frequently hug each other, often involuntarily...

Protecting Children Online - Is There a Silver Bullet?

Jacob Tas | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Discussions about online filters focus on the privacy and civil liberties of adults. In the child protection sector, however, we are not losing sight of the fact that while these optional household filters are far from a silver bullet for keeping children safe online, they certainly help.

It's Been a Positive Year in Tackling Child Abuse, and Your New Year's Resolution Could Make Next Year Even Better

Peter Wanless | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

How about a resolution that will change other people's lives and yours too? ChildLine is urgently seeking volunteers to go into schools to talk directly with nine-11-year-old children about different forms of abuse and about staying safe. You don't need any previous experience and you will be given first class training and support.

Councils in Denial Over Extent of Child Sexual Exploitation

Andy McCullough | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics
Andy McCullough

"If only someone had listened..." is the final report of the Office of the Children's Commissioner's two-year national inquiry into child sexual exploitation by gangs and groups, and presents a compelling case for a "sea change" in the culture of children's services so victims' needs are prioritised...

We Cannot Allow Any Child to Disappear

Peter Wanless | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

It's absolutely right that the national media crawl all over what happened to Hamzah Khan. Anyone who cares about children will be horrified by the detail of his suffering and will see clearly many moments when he might have been noticed. But it's not enough simply to cry that "lessons must be learned". We must ensure that they are.

We All Need to Do More to Make Sure Abused Children Are Heard

Peter Wanless | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

Imagine you were desperate to tell people about something but when you tried no sound came out. Like you'd had some awful spell cast on you that meant only you could hear the words. That's how I think it might feel to be a child who has suffered abuse but struggles to find adults who will act upon their concerns.

To Catch a Predator

Rob McDowall | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob McDowall

No loving parent would dream of opening their doors to a sex offender hell-bent on manipulating and exploiting their child but with the increasing availability and use of modern technology, a parents' ignorance could inadvertently do just that.

From Litter to Daniel Pelka to Syria, Are We in Danger of Becoming a 'Walk on By' Society?

Alex Ford | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

I am no longer in the military, and I have noticed something. Something worrying, disturbing. A creeping selfishness. A walk-on-by attitude. A somebody else's problem out look where if something doesn't directly effect someone, they will do nothing about it.

Are Child Protection Rules Helping Paedophiles?

The Huffington Post/UK | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK

Secrecy rules surrounding children in care homes might have helped paedophile groups to target them, Michael Gove has said. The education secretary...

Children and Youth in West Africa Mobilise Against Violence

Davinder Kumar | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

From the arid landscape of Mali to the tropical rainforests of Cameroon, they have travelled thousands of miles and traversed 13 countries in West and Central Africa between them to find out what governments and world institutions are doing to protect children and young people from violence....

Boarding School Teacher Jailed For Abusing Boys

PA | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK

A teacher at a private boarding school has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to abusing pupils as young as seven years old. Nichola...