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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.

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

Tom Rahilly | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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.

Child Protection Services Are Suffering Because Of Jimmy Savile Scandal

PA | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK

Cash-strapped child protection agencies are now acting as little more than emergency services following a surge of reports of abuse in the wake of the...

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...

We Can All Help Make the Internet a Safer Place for Children

Claire Lilley | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Claire Lilley

It's easy to feel overwhelmed and to see the online world as an unchained monster. But it is here to stay. So let's agree that the internet is not an uncontrollable force, but something instead for us as individuals and a society to own, shape and improve.

Listening to Children Must Be at the Heart of Child Protection

Peter Wanless | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

There is a sad and recurrent theme in many of the worst child abuse scandals - of a child's voice not having been heard. Poor Daniel Pelka, seen looking through bins for food at his school but whose suffering at the hands of his mother and partner was not discovered until it was tragically too late...

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.

New Sentencing Guidelines for Sex Offenders - Another Victory in the Long Battle to Stop Child Abuse

Peter Wanless | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

Today's overhaul of the guidelines for sexual offences, which the NSPCC has been calling for, is an important step forward in both recognising the harm done to victims and in justice being done.

Why Epigeneticists Are Optimistic About Reducing Child Abuse

Lisa Harker | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Lisa Harker

Through the study of epigenetics, scientists have identified a clear difference in the genetic expression of individuals who had been abused, and in doing so they are helping to illuminate the process by which childhood trauma can alter an individual's development.

Why Children's Centres Are Critical to Ending Child Abuse

Lisa Harker | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Lisa Harker

Children's Centres are Britain's institutional expression of our commitment to better childhoods. Established over a decade ago they are the spaces where a wide range of health, early education and specialist support services are brought together under one roof (or at least within a 'hub') so that parents with young children do not have to go from pillar to post navigating services for themselves.

There's No Place Like Home...

Tom Rahilly | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Tom Rahilly

It may be a surprise to many people to learn that the most common outcome for children who are taken into care is actually to return home again. But research shows that for too many of these children returning home doesn't provide the safety and stability that children deserve.

Why We Must Intervene Early With Children and Young People With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Jon Brown | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

This week I read that a ten-year-old boy had been found guilty of raping an eight-year-old girl on more than one occasion over a period of two years. During the trial it was revealed that the boy, now 13, had spent hours watching online porn from the age of nine...

Let's Wipe the Web Clean of Child Abuse

Peter Wanless | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

The new UK/US Taskforce for online child sexual exploitation must help find cross-border solutions to this trans-national challenge. The consequence needs to be arrests and jail sentences for the disgusting criminals who are creating and distributing such abhorrent images.

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.

'Just Say No?' Er... No! That's Not Enough

Peter Wanless | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

The sharing of self-generated sexually explicit images or videos by mobile phone or online, is now commonplace amongst young people to the point that it is considered 'mundane' whether or not young people engage in it themselves. And it seems that lots do... Now, I know that young people want to experiment and explore their sexuality. And the thrill of taking risks and pushing boundaries is always going to be part of growing up. Frankly we are not going to stop sexting merely by instructing young people not to do it, or by pointing out that explicit under age images are illegal and they risk arrest. But I am deeply concerned that risks are not yet fully understood.

Why the Past Sometimes Exists in the Present

Jon Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

Those who had been silenced by their experiences and by their abusers for so long because they felt they were in some way to blame, and that they were the only ones, began to realise that there were many others with a story to tell. So why hasn't there been an increase in arrests and charges for cases of child sexual abuse that may have been committed years ago?

Government Must Do More to Protect Children in Care

Tom Rahilly | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Tom Rahilly

With awareness of child sexual exploitation never higher, not a week now seems to go by without a court case or investigation in the news. Thankfully more and more offenders are being caught and punished. ..

Fear and Shame Prevent Mothers Getting Help With Mental Health Issues

Chris Cuthbert | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Chris Cuthbert

The poor awareness and understanding of these problems in our society mean that many women feel that they are on their own. Fear and shame mean that they don't ask for help, and as a consequence, they don't get the support they need.

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.

How Can We Prevent Another Case Like Amanda Hutton?

Sarah Macken | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Macken

The case of Amanda Hutton, who was jailed this week for allowing her four-year-old son Hamzah Khan to starve to death and who hid the body for two and a half years, is almost too horrifying to contemplate. But with 198,000 babies in the UK living in complex families with a history of substance abuse or mental illness this will not be the last case of its kind.

Christian Sect Investigated Over 'Caning Children' Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK

Child abuse experts are investigating a Christian school after it was alleged children are regularly beaten with a cane. The NSPCC have asked Devon...

Daniel Pelka Could Have Been Given a New Life With New Parents - But People Failed to Trust Their Instincts

Peter Wanless | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK
Peter Wanless

What really upsets me is so many good people would have given anything to provide Daniel Pelka with a fresh start, a new life with new parents. And a swift and decisive intervention at just the right time would mean he'd still be alive now... Instead, today, we have the grim task of poring through a Serious Case Review laying bare the failures that denied little Daniel this second chance.

The Savile Effect

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK

The NSPCC says calls reporting sex abuse have almost doubled because of the Jimmy Savile scandal. Experts said the fallout from the revelations sur...

The War on Porn: The Need for an Adult Discussion on an Adult Issue

Andrew Smith | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

In many ways David Cameron has found the perfect enemy in porn... The problem is that even if we admire Cameron's determination and principles then there are still a number of very good reasons to object to a crusade that is likely to go about as well as the 'war on drugs' and the 'war on terror'.

David Cameron Has Drawn a Line in the Sand - We Must All Now Play Our Part

Peter Wanless | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Peter Wanless

The Prime Minister has taken a very brave step, not just because he is taking on a problem that belongs to a multi-trillion pound industry that has changed the planet forever. But because he is saying that whilst he doesn't have every single answer to the technological problems he is not prepared to wait until he does.