In a recent survey, 20% of respondents said that when they were under 18 years old they had experienced sexual abuse from adults or peers that involved physical or bodily contact.
Why ‘stigmatising’ and ‘traumatising’ approaches to FGM safeguarding are in urgent need of a review.
Considerations of whether children and young people are deserving of help are reminiscent of 19th-century approaches to child services.
For decades, those working in social care focused on the risks children face in their family home. But what about when they leave the front door?
Children’s lives are being stifled. No longer are they able to spend time with friends unsupervised, explore their community or hang around in groups without being viewed with suspicion.