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We Don't Have to Paw Over Dusty Filing Cabinets to Find Child Abuse Happening Today

Peter Wanless | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

Whether or not there are more papers to be found, I would encourage anyone with further information about past child abuse crimes to come forward. If your testimony can bring child abusers to justice and better protect children today, please speak up. Now is the time.... History will go on repeating itself until we learn one simple lesson - look out for and listen to children. They, in their own way, always tell us what is going on. We must all be ready and willing to take them seriously. In establishing an Inquiry with all necessary powers to get at the truth of what went on in the past, let's not take our eye off the ball for today's children. If you know or suspect abuse of a child please speak up, to us or to the police. Do it now.

No Adult Should Be Sending a Sexual Message to a Child

Claire Lilley | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK
Claire Lilley

Earlier this year a conversation with an MP was the catalyst that led me to realise there was a major flaw in the laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse. The teenage daughter of a constituent had been sent a series of text messages by an older man. The messages had started off innocently enough but then became more sexual in tone...

Louise Ridley

Teach Five-Year-Olds How To Object To Genital Mutilation, Says Top NSPCC Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Children as young as five should be taught about female genital mutilation (FGM) in school to empower them to "protest" their parents' plans, the NSPC...

Child Abuse, Cover-Ups and Public Schools

Jon Snow | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Jon Snow

I well remember my first days in my boarding school - the wolf whistles from the prefects' open windows as we passed in and out of our boarding quarters. Prettier boys were openly rated as desirable. It was in my second term, when I was 13 years old, that I first received a note from a 17-year-old in the school rugby team asking would I meet him for a smoke. This was a euphemism for intended sexual contact.

Cop Saw Documents In 1990s Suggesting Existence Of Establishment Paedophile Network

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

A notorious paedophile had a cache of documents that linked his abuse to establishment figures - but this was not acted on, a former police officer in...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Open Up Your 'Dirt' Books!

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 9 July 2014... 1) OPEN UP YOUR 'DIRT BOOKS'! Will we see full disclosure? From the Times: "West...

Shocking Number Of Minors Accused Of Sexual Offences Against Other Children

PA | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

More than 8,000 under-18s were accused of sexual offences against other children in the last two years, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC. ...

Rough Justice for Child Abuse Victims

Peter Wanless | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

By any measure 1989 was a momentous year. The Berlin Wall came crashing down and idea of the worldwide web was conceived. There was also a ground-breaking report from a UK judge recommending a better deal for child victims of sexual and other assaults who gave evidence against their abusers.

It's Time to Count the Costs of Child Sexual Abuse

Jon Brown | Posted 06.06.2014 | 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 04.06.2014 | 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.

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. ..