Care Challenges

The growth of the online world in recent decades has had a huge impact on all our lives from the way we consume media to how we socialise to how we shop. Depressingly, these rapid changes have been accompanied by a corresponding growth in online issues around child protection. These challenges include...

We know the devastating effect that delayed access to mental health support for children and young people can have. Figures from health boards across England and Wales showed that nearly 19,000 children and young people were hospitalised for self-harm in 2015/16, an increase of almost 2,400 (14 per...

It's taken two years, but the UK government has finally enacted a law that will make it illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children. Amazingly, until now police couldn't arrest adults who send sexual communications to young people in England and Wales. The government passed the anti-grooming...

It's important not to forget how many families struggle from the expectations and pressure they are put under during the festive period. Research conducted by the NSPCC shows that reports of neglect and physical abuse can spike around December, with these two issues being the main concerns raised in...

For every generation of children, growing up is always difficult. Some of the challenges like bullying in the schoolyard or problems at home haven't changed over the years, while new issues have emerged with the growth of the online world. October marked the 30th anniversary of Dame Esther Rantzen...

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Tackling sexting

14 October 2016

Sexting, where people send naked or sexual images and videos of themselves via a mobile phone or the internet, is quickly becoming a major child protection concern. As a result of the increase in affordable smart phones owned by children and the explosion of social media outlets targeted at young...

The defence of ‘reasonable punishment, is firmly back on the agenda in Wales, with the new Welsh government announcing its intention to legislate on its removal from law in 2017/18. This is a huge step forward in the fulfilment of children's rights here though it will, inevitably, spark an emotive and...

With thousands of families expected to jet off on holiday from airports across the UK this summer, many will not realise the serious form of child abuse threatening young girls due to travel abroad. It comes as the summer holidays are recognised as the most common time of year for children to be taken...

The murder of a 17-month-old boy has rightly put a renewed spotlight on how we can better protect children. Finley Thomas was beaten to death by his mother's partner. He suffered head injuries and medical examinations of his body also found previous bleeds and injuries to his head and spine. In June,...

Every parent knows that keeping their children safe online is a daunting and challenging task. Young people are growing up in a world where they can access the internet with ever-increasing ease and along with the undoubted benefits come a number of dangers that can pose a risk to any child at any time....