abuse

Like many others I was shocked and saddened to watch the Panorama documentary exposing the abuse of individuals within the field I have worked in for the last ten years. It is a shame to think that despite the widespread attention the Winterbourne View abuse scandal...

I was twenty-seven years old by the time I met her. I was, at that age, a mother of two, a homeowner – a mortgage-holder. This is important. I’d spent my early twenties tangling myself up with all the markers of adulthood. Adults are...

It was a familiar story: Naomi had experienced an emotionally and physically abusive past and unstable upbringing. She was on the child protection register. Moving between her separated parents from the age of four, Naomi had a series of less than desirable step-parents who...

A press release about StopSo’s awareness campaign highlighting ‘the lifelong suffering of sexual abuse victims’ led to an interview with Terri van Leeson, a psychologist who is a supporter of the organisation. StopSo focuses on offering preventative therapy seeking to ensure...

Dan Johnson’s article on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is a welcome précis of the importance of adversity in warping normative developmental trajectories (‘What should...

Children have the right to be healthy and safe; to be happy and achieve their own potential; to make a positive contribution to society and to experience economic wellbeing. Safeguarding now spans a horizon that ranges from prevention to crisis intervention. It has broadened...

We write in response to Professor Chris French’s contribution to ‘Psychologists and the media’ (April 2018). It was interesting to hear of his...

He is 15-years-old and in a locked secure care home. Like all of the young people in his unit, ‘Paul’ has experienced a lot of adverse and traumatic events. By the time he was five he had been exposed to parental drug use and mental illness, domestic violence, physical abuse...

After many years working therapeutically with those who experienced abuse and trauma in childhood, I took up the role as Head of the National Confidential Forum. The Forum was established as part of the Victims and...

With emerging historic cases of child sexual abuse so prominent in society and the media in recent years, I was intrigued when I heard Panorama were airing an episode which specifically looked at abuse carried out by...