Imprisonment for the traumatised

Recently, I have been writing about trauma as a prelude to imprisonment, and reflecting on what kind of childhood experiences lie in the backgrounds of people sentenced to imprisonment.  

4 February 2021

Real solutions to child abuse

Last week the Home Secretary, Theresa May, spoke of her dismay over the number of child abusers who have been able to operate in the past, as well as today.

We've done quite a bit of work over recent years on the context within which child abuse flourishes. Here's a quick rundown of the...

28 November 2014

Ending child sex abuse in five generations

'There is a real issue here about how was it that in the past, but continuing today, the very institutions of the state that should be protecting children were not doing so. Why

25 November 2014

Savile: Institutions, abuse and justice

It is hardly surprising that the investigations of Savile ‘and others’ have prompted anxious reflections about the protection of children in institutions. The aftermath of the initial revelations...

3 April 2014

Does Sarah's law work?

The appalling case of Bijan Ebrahimi, a disabled Iranian national subjected to a sustained campaign of victimisation and attacks by his neighbours, is a salutory lesson in what can happen when...

23 December 2013