Help Us Create a Society Where our Children get the Protection They Deserve!
(We have 6 months to get 100 000 signatures starting 29 February 2016)
Today in 2016, it is hard to believe but true, according to a report by the NSPCC 1 in 6 children are being sexually abused in the UK.
According to a report commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner and published in November 2015 (Protect Children from Harm) only 1 in 8 children being sexually abused have received adult intervention.
Furthermore 8 out of 10 cases of child sexual abuse is being perpetrated by a person known to the child, a family member, babysitter or a family friend. This means that with the correct and effective strategies we can have positively change this situation – the key is how! The answer is in Schools.
The stats show that 8 out of 10 children are abused by someone known, therefore there is a period of grooming. It rarely develops overnight. During this time there are signs that can be picked up and if the schools have an active awareness program for children – it is possible to stop it before it even happens.
Humanities Child Law is a call for an Amendment to the Education Act 2011 in the United Kingdom.
Founded by sexual assault and rape survivor, author, speaker, Judy van Niekerk, as part of her “I Celebrate Foundation”, a not for profit foundation that is committed to empowering people globally to overcome challenges and thrive after mental illness.
Humanities Child Law is a call to implement programs on prevention and awareness of sexual abuse in all schools in the country.
These include –
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. ACT – ‘‘Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Act’’.
SECTION 2. CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION – FULL .
Age-appropriate tools to recognise child sexual abuse and how to communicate with a member of staff or an adult who has their trust.
Age-appropriate programs to guard children from being groomed.
Education of School staff – the signs to look out for around child sexual abuse A procedure of care for children who have been sexually abused in the education system.
Education for Parents & guardians on the signs that child sexual abuse could be happening as well referral information to support sexually abused children and their families.
To provide information to parents and guardians of early childhood, primary school, and secondary school students about child sexual abuse awareness and prevention, including how to recognise child sexual abuse and how to discuss child sexual abuse with a child.
Details of how the educational departments will ensure that a program or activity developed or carried out using funds provided under the government is effective. Improve school safety and promote students’ physical and mental health and well-being.
Authorised agencies with approved programs only to be used to deliver training to students, parents, guardians and teachers.
Ongoing reviews and evaluation and effectiveness of programs Identify children at risk – who are being groomed – and refer those involved for assessment and rehabilitation before becoming a full sexual abuse case.
Age Appropriate education on how to deal with emotions leading to potential acts of sexual abuse.
Introduce Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention into the
Almost every child goes to school, it is a place where professionals can share awareness and prevention education that will not only gently encourage the hundreds of thousands of children suffering in silence to receive vital intervention but also make children aware of the dangers of being groomed.
A different strategy needs to be adopted to ensure a different outcome. It is shocking that in 2016 children are still vulnerable in this way.
Once we have succeeded in this phase it is out intention to approach the UN to incorporate these programs into the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and then roll out to other countries.
If you have any questions or would ideas or even concerns about this proposed amendment please feel free to contact us by clicking here
Diary of Events
(Below we will keep you posted on the developments and the behind the scenes happenings that will bring this Act in to reality)
29 February 2016
29 February 2016
12 March 2016
We have made the decision to wait until we know what the Minister for Education’s plans are for this until we take this campaign mainstream – we will wait until end of April. The we will step up the campaign as each day that goes by is another day a child has suffered and more children are at risk.