Child Sexual Abuse

We Must Act to Prevent Abused Girls Growing Into Abused Women

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

There is no need for girls who have been abused as children to end up as abused adults. We can and should step in to protect vulnerable girls. In order to achieve that, we need leadership from national and local government to make sure women and girls who experience the most extensive abuse get appropriate support, wherever they turn for help.

Hidden Violence Is Blighting Women's Lives

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

This holistic response, from frontline to specialist support, is what Agenda has been formed to campaign for. We can't keep consigning these women to lives of abuse and exclusion. More than three-quarters of the 1.2million women affected by this kind of abuse are mothers: for their sake and that of the next generation of girls, we've got to start getting this right.

Forgiving the Unforgivable - Could You Do the Same?

Tom Leavesley | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK
Tom Leavesley

Last week, you may have heard Laura Coel talk bravely about her experience of restorative justice and how she came face to face with the man who abuse...

Why Do the Media Ignore Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse?

Tom Leavesley | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Tom Leavesley

We need more male survivors of childhood sexual abuse to come forward and we need the media to report their stories. Boys and young men need role models too, so it is time to ask the question, why do the media ignore male survivors?

John Humphrys Slammed For 'Appallingly Ignorant' Child Sex Abuse Thoughts

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

BBC presenter John Humphrys has been called out on Twitter for asking whether some children who are sexually abused "aren't really affected". Speak...

IWF Confirms Hash List Success at the #WePROTECT Summit

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Tech
Susie Hargreaves

Just four days after the tragic events in Paris, it's been good to see so many countries gathered at the #WePROTECT summit in Abu Dhabi with the joint mission of making the world a more hostile place to share images of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

Tory MP Uses Child Abuse As A Reason To Deny Young People The Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK

A Conservative MP has been mocked by his colleagues and rebuked by Theresa May for suggesting that offering 16- and 17-year-olds the vote would make t...

Virtual Behaviour: Where Do the Boundaries Lie?

Christian Berg | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Tech
Christian Berg

The nature of the Internet means that people behave as they please, and not necessarily how they would do in real life. Individuals link being anonymous to being undetectable and therefore they feel as if they are not accountable for their actions online. This is where we start to see the destructive side effects of anonymity come into play.

England Footballer Adam Johnson In Court On Child Sex Charges

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK

England footballer Adam Johnson is due in court on child sex charges. The 28-year-old Sunderland winger is set to attend Bradford Crown Court for a...

Tougher Sentence for Sex Abuse of Asian Girl Has Been Wrongly Interpreted

Shaista Gohir | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Shaista Gohir

It is clear that all children are at risk of sexual exploitation. Pedophiles will target the most vulnerable and the most accessible in society - such evil people do not have respect for women and girls of any ethnic or religious background.

The Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation Mustn't Forget Children With Learning Disabilities

Javed Khan | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

Each and every one of us can help to protect children with learning disabilities, but as a society we must be prepared to fundamentally change our attitudes and approach to how this group of young people are treated and supported. Only then can we take the necessary steps to protect these children and make sure that no one uses their disability to sexually exploit them.

How We Are Failing to Stop Sex Offenders From Harming Our Children

Adam Simmonds | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Adam Simmonds

There is a paradox in the way that we currently deal with sex offenders; a contradiction that is putting innocent people in harm's way, and stopping us from preventing these horrible crimes from happening.

Camila Batmanghelidjh May Have Been Incompetent - But She Wasn't Wrong

Gus Cairns | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Gus Cairns

Kids Company may well have been a chaotic mess organisationally; Batmanghelidjh's charisma may well have blinded important funders to that, and her ambition may have blinded her to it. But attempts to destroy the therapeutic understanding on which the charity was based smell to me of character assassination and will do nothing but set back therapeutic work with deprived kids (and adults) for years.

Lord Janner Told He Must Appear In Court, Even If He Doesn't Understand Proceedings

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK

Lord Janner has been ordered to appear before a judge in person next Friday for a hearing over child sex abuse charges, despite suffering from severe ...

Five Police Forces Investigate Allegations Against Former PM Heath

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics

Five police forces are investigating sex abuse allegations linked to Sir Edward Heath. On Tuesday evening, Hampshire Police confirmed that it was also...

Now The Government Is 'Failing' Hundreds Of Sex Abuse Victims

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK

Hundreds of sex abuse victims have had their compensation payments reduced after they committed crimes themselves, latest figures reveal. Children...

Law Named After Murdered Sarah Payne May Still Not Be Protecting Children

The Huffington Post UK?PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK

Children may be at risk of sexual abuse because of a patchwork application of 'Sarah's Law' which lets parents check whether people who look after the...

Barnardo's Accuses Authorities Of 'Insufficient Action' Over Sex Abuse Concerns

PA | Posted 25.07.2015 | UK

A children's charity has accused authorities of taking "insufficient action" over concerns they raised seven years ago about a girl whose abusers hav...

Six Members Of Child Sex Ring Found Guilty Of Horrifying Abuse

PA | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

Six members of a child sex ring in Aylesbury have been found guilty of their part in the horrifying abuse of two schoolgirls which went on for years o...

South Yorkshire Police Still Failing To Protect Children From Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

South Yorkshire Police force is still failing to protect children from sexual abuse, despite two major reviews, a watchdog has found. A report publ...

The Waugh Zone June 29, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday June 29, 2015... 1) ISIS MANAGEMENT As the flags fly at half mast over Downing Street...

'Abuse' Is a Small Word That Maybe Doesn't Convey the Horror That It Should

Peter Wanless | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

Instrumental quite rightly reminds us that no matter how offenders try to excuse their appalling behaviour it is never the child's fault - the survivor has absolutely nothing to apologise for. But the road to recovery is frequently bumpy, sometimes tortuous but always worth the journey, which is why we need far more investment in therapeutic and mental health services.

Crimes Against Children Are Now Being Exposed, But the Challenges in Keeping Future Generations Safe Are Myriad and Complex

Peter Wanless | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

Child abuse comes in many forms - from neglect to physical, online to sexual - and at the heart of tackling it lies a need to provide a loving and supportive environment for all children. Listening to them properly when they need to be heard and then helping to equip them with an understanding of abuse and develop resilience against it. Preventing abuse before it can take hold is how, together, we will end cruelty to children.

Shocking Statistics Reveal Sexual Offences Against Children Has Risen By A Third

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK

The number of recorded sexual offences against children has risen by more than a third, new figures reveal. A total of 31,238 allegations of sexual...

A Humbling and Inspirational 12 Months

Javed Khan | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

It's a year since I arrived at Barnardo's and I can honestly say I feel very humbled to be chief executive of this great charity. It's been a challenging year for sure but also a hugely rewarding one.