Tom Rahilly
Tom Rahilly joined the NSPCC in June 2011 following a year and a half working in Rwanda for the African Governance Initiative (AGI) as a senior advisor to the Rwandan Prime Minister. Before working in Rwanda, Tom was the deputy head of the Child Poverty Unit, a joint unit in HM Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Education.

Prior to this Tom held a number of roles across government focused on improving the lives of children and families, including leading work on the education and wellbeing of looked after children where he led work on the Care Matters white paper, the development of the Every Child Matters strategy and Sure Start.

Entries by Tom Rahilly

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

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (16:01)

This week we learned from a review into his death that the murder of an 11-month-old boy by his mother could have been prevented.

Callum Wilson was returned to his mother Emma after being in foster care. We heard from the Serious Case Review how a series of...

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There's No Place Like Home...

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2013 | (16:12)

Imagine for a moment that you are a child again. But now imagine that as a result of problems at home, perhaps your parents have difficulties with drink or drugs, you are taken into care. This care can give children who have suffered abuse or neglect a safe, supportive environment...

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Government Must Do More to Protect Children in Care

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2013 | (17:33)

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.

Recent cases such as in Oxford, Derby and Rochdale, have highlighted the shocking abuse...

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Urgent Action Needed to Protect Children in Care from Sexual Exploitation

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (13:53)

If your 14 year-old daughter rolled in at 2am you'd be climbing up the walls. You'd sit her down and find out what was going on. And you wouldn't give up until you knew exactly where she'd been and what had happened to her. We must afford the same protection...

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We Must Better Protect Children in Care

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2012 | (11:28)

Yesterday's report from the Office of the Children's Commissioner makes for difficult reading. It highlights the risks of sexual exploitation faced by a "disproportionate" number of children in care. One can only imagine the experience of being taken into care, into an environment that is meant to provide...

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Returning Home From Care: What's Best for Children?

(3) Comments | Posted 30 April 2012 | (00:00)

You'd think that once action has been taken to protect a child from abuse or neglect that they'd be protected from further harm. Sadly it's not always the case. We face a hidden problem of what happens to our children when they leave care.

Recent debates about adoption and record...

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