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Out of the Frying Pan: Ukrainian Child Trafficking and Institutional Safeguarding

I was met with a calamitous headline from UNICEF a couple of days ago; “Ukraine war creating a child refugee every second”. Child traffickers and organised criminals have moved at lightning pace to take advantage of disrupted family networks and the general confusion arising from war. We are already seeing reports of children going missing …

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Cutting off the nose to save the face! – a response to the IICSA report, Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings

Are we cutting off our nose to save our face by protecting our organisation’s reputation and the perpetrator, instead of the abused child? That is one of the issues arising from the findings in this 226 page document. I found it to be highly informative and deeply challenging even though it was a little tedious …

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Appropriately Exposing Evil: The IICSA Inquiry on Child Abuse in Organised Networks

The launch of a police investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse against media personality Jimmy Saville in 2012 was perhaps the pivotal point in our society really taking this issue seriously. In the years before that a growing number of allegations against media stars, sports personalities, prominent politicians, civil servants, and even church leaders …

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Societal Attitudes toward Sexual Abuse as Portrayed Through Film and Television

This guest post is by Lizzie Bottrill, written as background to a screenplay on child sexual abuse as part of a master’s degree in Creative Writing No topic in the world seems to disturb the human heart so primally as the idea of harm being done to children. And yet, until twenty years ago, the …

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