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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...

A joint research project into perinatal mental health in Wales is hoping its recommendations will play a significant part in shaping the future of care for women and their families. The NSPCC has joined Mind Cymru, The Mental Health Foundation and National Centre for Mental Health to carry out a project...

A consultation has been launched by the Welsh Government asking for the public's views ahead of plans to remove the defence of "reasonable punishment" against assault in Wales. Currently, adults accused of assaulting a child in their care are able to use a defence that they were disciplining the child....

A recent investigation by the BBC's Panorama highlighted the true scale of the issue of child sexual abuse inflicted by other children - so-called  "peer on peer" abuse. Figures obtained by the BBC from the police indicated that this form of abuse is increasing significantly with reports of offences...

Recent years have seen a series of child abuse scandals - depressingly similar stories in which survivors went for years without justice, either because they were not believed or because they did not feel able to speak out when the abuse was being inflicted on them. What the appalling cases involving...