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Trafficking in children

| October 11, 2016 at 09:00 am

ILO - Trafficking in children

Child trafficking is about taking children out of their protective environment and preying on their vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation. Although no precise figures exist, the ILO (in 2005) estimated that 980,000 to 1,225,000 children – both boys and girls – are in a forced labour situation as a result of trafficking.

ILO Convention No. 182 (1999) on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) classifies trafficking among “forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery” and thereby a WFCL to be eliminated as a matter of urgency, irrespective of the country’s level of development.


What is child trafficking?

| October 10, 2016 at 08:40 am

Child trafficking

Child trafficking is child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.

Children are trafficked for:

  • child sexual exploitation
  • benefit fraud
  • forced marriage
  • domestic servitude such as cleaning, childcare, cooking
  • forced labour in factories or agriculture
  • criminal activity such as pickpocketing, begging, transporting drugs, working on cannabis farms, selling pirated DVDs, bag theft.

Many children are trafficked into the UK from abroad, but children can also be trafficked from one part of the UK to another.

What is child abuse?

| February 24, 2016 at 06:18 am

There are four different types of child abuse:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • neglect.

Child abuse can be a single incident, or can be a number of different incidents that take place over time.


Police child abuse investigations: 38 per cent ‘inadequate’

| July 2, 2015 at 04:23 pm

A series of inspections of police forces in England and Wales has found worrying levels of inadequate investigations into child abuse and neglect, plagued by drift and delay.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said it’s findings demonstrate an under-recognition and under-estimation of the risk to children and warns of a danger of failing a an entire generation unless there a complete re-assessment of approach.

Examples found includes a case where it took three months to interview a man whose nine-year-old grandson accused him of rape, and another where police and social workers decided the cause of vaginal bleedings in a four-year-old girl was eczema, despite the child alleging she’d been abused by a family member.


How a ‘broken home’ can be a happy home

| June 11, 2015 at 09:23 am

Does divorce mean an unhappy “broken” home? One little boy in Indonesia doesn’t think so, and his video celebrating his parents and family life has resonated with thousands of viewers.

“My name is Azka,” the video begins, “and this is a story of a broken home kid.” Using stick figures and words, 9-year-old Azka Corbuzier traces his parents’ relationship, marriage and break-up.

But despite the theme and the melancholy backing music, it’s not a sad story. His parents live near each other, they get along, and he expresses love for both of them. “They never fight any more,” one slide reads, “And we still go to malls and abroad together.”

Child abuse royal commission: Sydney psychologist made 11yo ‘dress up, perform oral sex’ as asthma treatment, inquiry hears

| May 12, 2015 at 08:00 am

A psychologist at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital sexually abused a patient in the late 1960s, telling the boy it would cure his asthma, an inquiry has been told.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse also heard damning revelations of poor record keeping and a lax attitude towards child protection at the time.

The revelations on Monday led to public apologies from the hospital’s chief executive officer and the New South Wales Health Department. (more…)

Child abuse results from breakdown in family structure — Hanna

| May 7, 2015 at 07:26 am

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna says violence against the nation’s children can be directly attributed to a breakdown in the family structure.

“Data suggests that this culture has developed because of a number of practices but none more glaring, than the breakdown in the family structure. I am calling on all Jamaicans, particularly the church, teachers, and communities to pay special attention to our children’s need for guidance, mentorship, and protection,” the minister said. (more…)

Post-Sandusky child protection laws won’t work, if state child abuse hotline isn’t working well

| February 26, 2015 at 07:11 am

The Issue. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case, the state Legislature passed 23 new bills aimed at improving protections for children.

Some of those laws, including one widening the list of those required to report suspected child abuse, went into effect Dec. 31. Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency has been deluged with child abuse reports in the past two months. (more…)

Lessons for us all from seven-year-old Blake Fowler’s death

| February 23, 2015 at 07:11 am

DAVID SIMMONDS highlights the vital importance of giving social workers our continued support in their battle against child abuse and neglect

EVERY time a case where a child has been failed by the professionals who were supposed to protect him or her emerges, it prompts questions about how this abuse and neglect could go on.

When a child is let down by those closest to them we need to know that the authorities are there to pick up the pieces and intervene soon enough to put their life back on track.


146 abused children rescued in Dubai

| February 12, 2015 at 07:07 am

About 30 children were found to be sexually abused

More than 30 children were sexually abused in Dubai last year, according to official figures released from the Community Development Authority in the emirate.

Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Dr. Huda Al Suwaidi, Director of Family Development Department at CDA said that last year, they registered 146 cases of child abuse in the emirate, and this cases included physical, sexual, verbal, negligence, and children who were vulnerable to delinquency. (more…)