Care Challenges

With the school term finishing, the summer holidays are once again upon us. Children and young people will have a much-earned rest after the academic year, as will their teachers. Parents and carers, especially those unable to find childcare arrangements, will be faced with a tough choice about...

Earlier this year, I was among the speakers at a conference in Cardiff which focused on approaches to the issue of child sexual abuse (CSA). Speakers at the event covered topics which included the development of the UK's first child house - London's Lighthouse project, based on the Icelandic ‘Barnahús'...

Last month, Wales took another vital step towards achieving equal protection under assault law for our children. Julie Morgan, the Welsh Government's deputy minister for health and social services, introduced the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill in the Senedd during...

For over a decade tech giants have failed to protect their young users. It is a troubling fact that despite the assurances of our politicians that these tech giants are entering the last chance saloon, we are no closer to the regulation and legislation needed to protect our children. We know that...

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What to expect in 2019

03 January 2019

Last November saw the mid-point between Welsh Assembly elections, and offered us the chance to take stock of what had been achieved in the political area to further the cause of child protection in the two-and-a-half years since the last election. Before Wales went to the polls on 5 May 2016 we developed...

When parents drop their children off at school or college each day, they are confident that they are entering a safe environment. They understand that the adults in positions of power and authority over their children must not abuse it. They also understand that on the rare occasions where power...

The Internet and social media has revolutionised how we can access information and communicate. While some of my generation may find themselves perplexed by this modern phenomenon, children and young people are quite the opposite. Digitally literate from a young age, many primary schools across...

The horrors of child sexual exploitation (CSE) have increasingly made national and international headlines as more and more appalling cases enter the public domain. Cases such as Rochdale and Rotherham are some of the high-profile and extremely shocking examples of a problem in society which is being...

Significant changes are being made into how sex education will be taught in schools in Wales. The Welsh Government is introducing a new curriculum in 2022 and one of the new areas of learning and experience (AoLE) will be health and wellbeing, which will replace the existing way sex and relationships...

Growing up with an alcoholic parent can have a devastating effect on a child. There is an increasing body of evidence examining how experiences during childhood have long term effects on our health. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful experiences occurring through childhood that...