Living on a railway line. Turning the tide of child abuse and exploitation in the UK and overseas.

Published: 20 Oct 2014

Author: Andrew Rowland
Living on a railway line. Turning the tide of child abuse and exploitation in the UK and overseas.

A new report has been launched into how different countries tackle child abuse, in particular sexual exploitation, and how the UK can benefit from this learning.

‘Living on a railway line - Turning the tide of child abuse and exploitation in the UK and overseas' is a report by 2014 Churchill Fellow Professor Andrew Rowland of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, in association with The University of Salford.

There are 10 key recommendations for the UK together with 25 associated and enabling recommendations and seven international recommendations. All of the recommendations are designed to build strong and healthy communities with children at their hearts.

 Lisa Harker, Director of Strategy Policy and Evidence at NSPCC, said: 

This report provides a valuable consideration of a diverse range of challenges faced by professionals and members of the community when seeking to improve safeguarding of vulnerable children in the UK.  By drawing on the insights gained from reviewing and observing practices in a wide range of international contexts this report offers a fresh perspective on these issues and the potential responses.

The launch coincides with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. According to Professor Rowland’s report, a quarter of a century later there are still laws, policies and procedures in the UK and internationally which fall way short of properly protecting children.

Read Professor Rowland's Executive Summary (PDF, 763Kb), or his full length 338 page report (PDF, 4MB) 

Read the full length joint press release from The University of Salford & The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

For further information contact: Andrew Lynn, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on 0161 604 5459.

andrew.lynn@pat.nhs.uk