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If you haven’t seen Oscar winner Spotlight yet, go. It tells the true story of how decades of abuse in one city was finally uncovered - followed by revelations worldwide, including in my home town.
Forthcoming details from Janet Smith report have drawn predictable outrage but there’s also a hidden agenda at play.
What are the long-term effects of spanking?
Senator Ted Cruz recently stated that he spanks his five-year-old daughter for lying. Spanking kids can cause tremendous damage to kids’ mental health – even if it is an occasional light rap.
Children in the U.S. foster care system can languish for years.
When a child dies from neglect or maltreatment from parents, outraged observers demand at-risk kids be placed in foster care. But the US foster care system can pose risks for children, too.
Plans to take over failing children’s services won’t mitigate the impact of austerity.
Not all paedophiles act on their attraction.
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The sexual abuse of children is, understandably, a key concern for the public. But misperceptions about those who perpetrate it abound in public debate.
Some who survived abuse as children have waited a lifetime to be heard, and the royal commission has given people like John Ellis that opportunity.
The silencing of children has as long a history as child abuse itself. It is why we need royal commissions, books, and now a play: to allow children to tell us the truth of what was done to them.
Young children enter care as a result of neglect or abuse, which has a big impact on their ability to engage in school.
A new report finds children in care are less likely to achieve the national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy – with the gap growing as they get older.
Why use corporal punishment?
An estimated 838 students per day receive corporal punishment across schools in 19 American states. Why does the practice continue?
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?