I'd been told that child labour was endemic in Turkey, but I wasn't prepared for the reality of it. Or the scale of it. One basement workshop was almost entirely staffed with children, many of whom couldn't have been more than seven or eight years old, the very picture of Dickensian misery.
Today is International Women's Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also exists to remind people that globally there is still much to be done to accelerate gender parity.
For children suffering from the overwhelming and devastating emotional effects of abuse, every second without support can feel like an eternity... We must see improvements in access to child friendly trauma-based support that meet their needs, when they need it, and help them recover wherever they live. Failing to act risks creating a time bomb of mental health problems in the years to come.
The Street Child World Cup has competing boys and girls teams, it kicks off on Sunday 30th March in Rio, but unlike this Summer's event, it is the taking part that really does count as every single child participating has had a journey to get there and is already a winner.
Ending child marriage internationally should be a global priority and included within the post-2015 development framework. A set of indicators that reflect the full range of issues surrounding child marriage should also be reviewed by donors when reviewing countries for development funding.
It would be naïve to suggest that we can completely eradicate child sexual exploitation. Like any other crime it will continue to be committed while there remain individuals intent on committing it. However what we can do is ensure that we put in place a legal framework that has the welfare of young victims at its heart. It is my hope that this inquiry will help to achieve this.
The latest report is a vital contribution to our understanding of child sexual exploitation, but it focuses only one particular type, namely that involving gangs or groups. Although Asian men are overrepresented in this particular category, 95% of the UK's sex offenders are white males.
The announcement this week that regulations on childrens' care homes will be tightened up served as further confirmation
Alleged mistakes by police that allowed children to be systematically abused are "unacceptable", the Association of Chief
Detectives believe they have smashed a child trafficking gang preying on runaways as young as 11 for Britain's sex trade
Twelve men have been arrested on suspicion of a string of child exploitation offences including causing the prostitution
Thousands of children are being put at risk of “horrific” sexual exploitation as budget cuts force the issue down the agenda
Britain's record on protecting children from workplace exploitation worsened over the past year, new research claims. The
Only a minority of British parents realise that children are being sexually exploited in their area, a children's charity