Under a pall.
Ever since the Jimmy Savile affair, the police have been investigating historical child abuse on an unprecedented scale.
Former Prisoner star Maggie Kirkpatrick was found guilty of a charge of child sex abuse dating back to the 1980s.
Many factors are at play in enabling or constraining a child to speak directly about abuse and bringing that complaint to the attention of the authorities.
The royal commission is committed to hearing from children and young people directly.
Only when adults and institutions hear from children and young people directly, take their views and ideas seriously and act on what they say will institutions will become safer places.
The term ‘child pornography’ is not only inaccurate, it is also potentially damaging.
The continued use by politicians and the media of the term “child pornography” minimises the offence's seriousness. They are online child abuse material.
An issue to emerge from the royal commission hearings is the inadequacy of existing law for dealing with institutions whose negligence made child sexual abuse possible.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published a research paper that suggests organisations be held criminally responsible when their negligence results in harm to children.
Justice could become more accessible for Scottish child-abuse victims.
At last, one of the biggest obstacles to suing the perpetrators of historic child abuse could be on the way out.
Here goes nothing.
The pope has announced a tribunal to shine a light on clerical abuse – but the Catholic church is in an irretrievable moral bind.
Clouds of confusion hanging over the Royal Courts of Justice.
Why Justice Pauffley was wrong to suggest that social workers "make allowances" for cultural differences.
The Catholic Church's calls to protect children are falling on deaf ears after years of abuse scandals.
The standard of proof that applies in different types of judicial proceedings may result in quite different verdicts.
After saying he was 'deeply suspicious', a judge cleared a man of child pornography offences. We need to understand the standard of proof to make sense of verdicts, including AFL rulings on doping.
How helpful is it to compare whether bullied or abused kids suffer more?
Research has found bullied kids suffer more later in life than kids abused by parents. Is this finding particularly helpful though?
Childhood bullying is linked to social anxiety disorder, depression and body dysmorphic disorder.
New research suggests bullied children are more likely to report mental health problems compared to those who are maltreated.
Health staff, child protection workers and forensic specialists should already be collaborating to share information.
Responses to high-risk pregnancy and high-risk infants across Australia are haphazard, and legislation alone will not correct the problem.
Justice yet to be done?
Accusations of historical child abuse against the powerful are mounting. Is a trial by media about to kick into full gear?
‘This, of course, happened before I was health secretary.’
The health service has a long history both of abuse and the failure to do anything about it.
In plain sight.
The report on Jimmy Savile's abuses in the NHS is eerily reminiscent of a 90-year-old case.
Probably not lurking in your local forest these days.
Society tends to see men that abduct and sexually abuse children as evil, but given we feel so strongly about what they do, we know surprisingly little about them. These crimes are rare and the extreme…
Let’s try that again…
The home secretary, Theresa May, has announced a series of major developments in the beleaguered and faltering historical child abuse inquiry – the investigation into claims that political figures, and…
A law defined too widely could criminalise teenagers behaviour.
The government’s announcement of a new offence which criminalises the sending of sexual messages to children by adults focuses on a very narrow perceived loophole in the existing legislation surrounding…
Loud and clear.
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In recent months, the UK has been gripped by cases of widespread organised child abuse – in Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale and even Westminster. The police’s slow and incompetent reactions (and even complicity…