Rough sleeping in London ‘reaching crisis proportions’, warns homeless charity — Britain Isn’t Eating
New figures reveal 8,096 people slept rough in London over the course of 2015/16, more than double the reported figure of 3,975 in 2010/11. Source: Rough sleeping in London ‘reaching crisis proportions’, warns homeless charity
A newborn girl died in hospital early Monday morning after she was mauled by her family’s dogs.
Across the UK, the number of children living in poverty has increased by 200,000.
Nigerianische Mädchen in einer Unicef-Schule im Tschad – sie flohen vor der islamistischen Terrormiliz Boko Haram. (Foto: AP)
Die unter Fünfjährigen werden aus weitgehend vermeidbaren Gründen sterben, schätzt das Kinderhilfswerk. Erschütternd sind auch die Zahlen zu Kinderehen und Bildungsmangel.
Das Kinderhilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen (Unicef) hat in der Nacht zum Dienstag seinen Jahresbericht vorgestellt. Darin finden sich erschütternde Zahlen über das voraussichtliche Leben und Sterben von Kindern weltweit bis ins Jahr 2030 – auf Basis der jüngsten Entwicklungen und des erwarteten Bevölkerungswachstums. Zentrale Aussagen im Überblick:
- 69 Millionen Kinder unter fünf Jahren werden nach Schätzungen von Unicef bis zum Jahr 2030 an weitgehend vermeidbaren Ursachen sterben.
- 167 Millionen Kinder werden bis dahin zudem in Armut leben.
- 750 Millionen Mädchen werden zwangsverheiratet worden sein.
- Besonders prekär ist die Lage im Gebiet südlich der Sahara: Dort könnten bis 2030 schätzungsweise neun von zehn Kindern in extremer Armut leben.
- In diesem…
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LEGAL NOTICE: European Parliament resolution of 28 April 2016 on safeguarding the best interests of the child across the EU on the basis of petitions addressed to the European Parliament (2016/2575(RSP))
|European Parliament resolution of 28 April 2016 on safeguarding the best interests of the child across the EU on the basis of petitions addressed to the European Parliament (2016/2575(RSP))|
|The European Parliament,
– having regard to Article 228 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU),
– having regard to Article 81(3) TFEU,
– having regard to the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, in particular Article 24 thereof,
– having regard to Articles 8 and 20 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which underline the obligation of governments to protect a child’s identity, including his or her family relations,
– having regard to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963, in particular Article 37(b) thereof,
– having regard to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption,
– having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, repealing Regulation (EC) No 1347/2000(1) (Brussels IIa),
– having regard to the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child (COM(2011)0060),
– having regard to the guidelines drawn up in the reflection paper for the 9th European Forum on the Rights of the Child,
– having regard to the mapping of the child protection systems carried out by the Fundamental Rights Agency,
– having regard to the numerous petitions on practices of child welfare authorities and the protection of children’s rights, child custody, child abduction and childcare which the Committee on Petitions has received over the years from various EU Member States, and to the recommendations made in the reports on fact-finding visits to Germany (23‑24 November 2011) (Jugendamt), Denmark (20-21 June 2013) (social services) and the United Kingdom (5-6 November 2015) (non-consensual adoptions),
– having regard to the role and activities of the European Parliament Mediator for International Parental Child Abduction,
– having regard to Rule 216(2) of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas the best interests of the child must be paramount in all decisions related to childcare issues at all levels;
B. whereas the EU may adopt measures concerning family law with cross-border implications (Article 81(3) TFEU), including in the field of adoption;
C. whereas increased mobility within the EU has led to increasing numbers of cross-border child protection issues involving custody removal;
D. whereas child-custody-related issues have a significant impact on the life of every individual involved and on society as a whole, and whereas the Brussels IIa Regulation is not free of loopholes, and the upcoming revision thereof is a good opportunity to enhance its provisions;
E. whereas the exercise of a fundamental right such as freedom of movement and residence should not entail a higher threat to the child’s right to family life;
F. whereas children whose parents are exercising their right to free movement have the right to maintain on a regular basis a personal relationship and direct contact with their parents unless this is contrary to the interests of the child, in accordance with Article 24 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights;
1. Recalls that the large number of petitions received on child-related cases indicates that there is a major problem with the implementation of the Brussels IIa Regulation;
2. Considers that all child protection systems should have transnational and cross-border mechanisms in place which take into account the specificities of cross-borders conflicts;
Child protection and judicial cooperation within the EU
3. Calls on the Member States to put in place monitoring and evaluation systems (with relevant socioeconomic and nationality-disaggregated statistics) within a national coordinating framework on cross-border cases involving children; recommends that the Commission coordinate the transfer of information among the relevant Member State authorities;
4. Calls on the Council to report on the specific actions being implemented by the Member States with a view to bringing about synergies between the 28 national child protection systems;
5. Calls for a clear definition of ‘habitual residence’ in the revised Brussels IIa Regulation;
6. Stresses the obligation of national authorities, set out in the Brussels IIa Regulation, to recognise and enforce judgments delivered in another Member State in child-related cases; calls on the Member States to increase and improve the cooperation of their judiciaries in cases involving a child;
7. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to co-finance and promote the establishment of a platform providing assistance to non-national EU citizens in family proceedings and of a single European helpline for cases of child abduction or abuse, as well as counselling concerning care and adoption proceedings;
8. Calls on the Commission to provide a clear and easily accessible guide with practical information for EU citizens on the institutional arrangements on child protection, with a particular focus on adoption or placement without parental consent and on parents’ rights in different Member States;
Role of social services in child protection
9. Calls on the Member States to take a preventive approach and to ensure appropriate and well-resourced policies to avoid launching care proceedings where possible, by introducing early-warning procedures and monitoring mechanisms and providing adequate support to families as primary caregivers, particularly within vulnerable communities where social exclusion is a risk;
10. Stresses that proper assessment of individual cases in family-related issues should not be hindered by budgetary cuts as a result of austerity measures, in particular where the quality of social services is concerned;
11. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to provide for specialised training and education for social workers and all other professionals dealing with cross-border cases involving a child;
12. Calls on the relevant authorities of a Member State that intends to send social workers to investigate a case for adoption or placement in another Member State to inform the authorities of that Member State that such an investigation will be conducted;
Childcare-related judicial proceedings
13. Invites the Member States to designate specialised chambers within family courts or cross-border mediation bodies to deal with cross-border child-related cases; stresses that proper monitoring of the post-judgment situation is pivotal, including when contact with parents is involved;
14. Calls on the Member States to systematically implement the provisions of the Vienna Convention of 1963, and to ensure that embassies or consular representations are informed from the start of all childcare proceedings involving their nationals and that they have full access to the relevant documents; suggests that consular authorities should be allowed to attend every stage of the proceedings;
15. Calls on the Member States to guarantee regular visitation rights to parents, except where this could be detrimental to the best interests of the child, and to allow parents to use their mother tongue with their children during the visits;
16. Recommends that the Member States provide parents, from the outset and at every stage of child-related proceedings, with complete and clear information on the proceedings and on the possible consequences thereof; calls on them to inform parents about the rules on legal support and aid, for example by providing them with a list of bilingual specialised lawyers and by offering interpretation facilities, so as to avoid cases where parents give their consent without fully understanding the implications of their commitments; recommends also that adequate support be provided to parents with literacy difficulties;
17. Recommends establishing minimum standards for the hearing of a child in national civil proceedings, in accordance with Article 24 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights;
18. Recommends separate hearings of parents and children before a judge, an expert or a social worker, in order to avoid children being influenced or falling victim to conflicts of loyalty;
19. Recommends that thresholds for the duration of each stage in cross-border childcare proceedings be set, so that members of the child’s extended family have sufficient time to come forward and apply to adopt the child, or parents can address their problems and propose sustainable alternatives before the final decision on adoption is taken; considers that before any permanent solution, such as adoption, is determined, a proper re‑evaluation of the situation of the biological family must be undertaken;
20. Calls on the Member States to give parents suffering from alcohol or drug addiction reasonable time to have a real opportunity to recover before the court takes a final decision on adoption of their child;
21. Calls on the Commission to pay particular attention to the recommendations received on cross-border mediation by all relevant stakeholders at national and European level;
Child placement and adoption
22. States that there is no mechanism within the EU providing for automatic recognition of domestic adoption orders issued in other Member States; calls on the Member States and the Commission to regulate on recognition of domestic adoption, taking into account the best interests of the child and with due respect for the principle of non‑discrimination;
23. Calls on the Member States to encourage non-contracting states to join the 1993 Hague Convention, which would guarantee that all children benefit from the same standards and would help to avoid a parallel system with fewer safeguards; calls on the Member States to avoid heavy bureaucracy in processing the recognition of international adoptions already recognised in another Member State;
24. Emphasises the importance of offering children in any kind of fostering or adoption arrangement the placement that offers the best opportunities to maintain links with the child’s cultural background and to learn and use their mother tongue; asks the Member State authorities involved in childcare proceedings to make all possible efforts to avoid separating siblings;
25. Calls on the Member States to give particular attention and support to parents, and particularly women, who have been victims of domestic violence, either as children or adults, in order to avoid their being victimised again by the automatic removal of custody of their children;
Cross-border parental child abduction
26. Calls on the Commission to publicise the results achieved in the promotion of cross-border cooperation in child abduction cases, which it declared to be a priority in the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child;
27. Calls on the Council to report on the results achieved in establishing child abduction alert systems with cross-border implications, and to conclude the relevant cooperation agreements dealing with cross-border abduction cases on the basis of the Commission guidelines;
28. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and the parliaments of the Member States.
|Last updated: 11 May 2016 Legal notice|
Four-year-old boy ‘shot dead by brother while playing with gun’ in family home
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Montreal Catholic Church moving towards forbidding priests from being alone with children
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The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine, has ordered that beginning sometime this year, priests and other pastoral workers in Montreal parishes will no longer be permitted to spend time alone with children.
The decree comes in the wake of continued allegations of sexual and psychological abuse of children within the Catholic Church, with church officials, including Pope Francis, having called for a more responsive and comprehensive effort to prevent such abuses.
“Our diocesan Church, its Parishes, and its Missions have an obligation to ensure the safety and integrity of the people to whom we bring the Gospel,” said Lépine in a decree dated June 7, but only made public yesterday.
The purpose of the decree, said Lépine, is to “preserve the integrity, security, and good reputation” of churchgoers as well as paid and unpaid workers within the church – including priests.
Known as, “Responsible Pastoral Ministry,” the new policy is scheduled to begin sometime during the 2016-17 year, with a number of parishes selected to participate in a pilot phase of the project in the immediate to near future.
Global News has reached out to the Montreal Archdiocese for comment on this Story….
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Children Pay the Highest Price in Refugee Crisis
By César Chelala
June 20, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – The world is witness to a rapid increase in the number of people forced to flee from wars, conflict, and persecution in countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It is estimated that approximately half of the 19.5 million registered refugees at a global level are children and youth. They are the most vulnerable victims of these conflicts.
The case of Syria is paradigmatic. Three years of conflict have turned Syria into one of the most dangerous places to be a child, according to UNICEF. Out of a population of 21.9 million, more than 9 million are under 18. It is estimated that 5.5 million children are affected by the conflict, a number that is almost double from the year before. More than 4.29 million children inside Syria are poor, displaced or caught in the line of fire.
International aid organizations have been doing a remarkable job helping the population of countries affected by wars. However, only in Syria, one million children are living in areas that aid workers cannot reach regularly, thus depriving them of vital support. More than a third of Syrian families are no longer living in their own homes or communities, seriously affecting their health and quality of life.
As a result of the fall in immunization rates—from 99 percent before the war to less than 50 percent now—polio has reemerged in Syria, after a 14-year absence. At the same time, doctors report an increase in the number and severity of cases of measles, pneumonia, and diarrhea. In response to the polio outbreak, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and health ministries in the region have launched the largest immunization campaign in the region’s history, targeting more than 25 million children.
The capacity of the country’s health care system to provide assistance to the population has been seriously affected. Many doctors and health personnel have either been killed or have left the country. 60 percent of the public hospitals have been damaged or are out of service.
Many times, militants bomb health care facilities, wait for first-responders and emergency crews to come in and then strike again, thus maximizing the impact of their attacks. On April 27, 2016, the Al Quds field hospital in Aleppo was hit by an airstrike. It killed 30 people, including 2 health workers, and injured 60 people, completely destroying the facility.
Dr. Abdo El Ezz, an Aleppo physician says, “The war in Syria has violated and destroyed anything called ‘agreements’ or ‘an agreement’ or ‘human rights’ or anything humanitarian… Hospitals are looking for coffins because people are pouring in, some are completely burned and soon die. We need to bury them… Some people wish to die so they can finally rest and not live in constant terror and see constant destruction.”
An estimated 37,000 children have been born as refugees and over 83,000 Syrian pregnant women are living as refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, placing a heavy burden on those countries health and social systems. For example, Lebanon is planning for 600,000 schoolchildren this year—twice the number currently enrolled.
Syrian children refugees are at very high risk for mental illness and have poor access to education. In the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, for example, one third of all children displayed aggressive and self-harm behaviors. According to Europol, Europe’s policy agency, more than 10,000 thousand unaccompanied refugee and migrant children have disappeared, raising fears they are being exploited and used for sex.
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) rate among Syrian refugee children is comparable to that observed among other children who experienced war. A study by the Migration Policy Institute shows that refugee children who are not formally educated are more likely to feel marginalized and hopeless, making them probable targets for radicalization.
What is experienced by Syrian children is also experienced by refugee children coming from other countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Few people have expressed as poignantly as James Fenton the tragic fate of these children. In his poem “Children in Exile,” Fenton writes,
“What I am is not important, whether I live or die – It is the same for me, the same for you. What we do is important. This is what I have learnt. It is not what we are but what we do,
Says a child in exile, one of a family Once happy in its size. Now there are four Students of calamity, graduates of famine, Those whom geography condemns to war…”
César Chelala, M.D., Ph.D., is a global public health consultant for several U.N. and other international agencies. He has carried out health-related missions in 50 countries worldwide. He lives in New York and writes extensively on human rights and foreign policy issues, and is the recipient of awards from Overseas Press Club of America, ADEPA, and Chaski, and recently received the Cedar of Lebanon Gold Medal. He is also the author of several U.N. official publications on health issues.
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IMPORTANT Links TO CATHY FOX´ “CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN JAMAICA” wordpress.com
Jamaica has had a problem with child sexual abuse for a long time, but it is now gradually coming out in the open.
Unfortunately even when Police take action, parents of abused children refuse to assist the Police. For example one father refused to cooperate with the police. “The explanation he gave was that he was not going to help us because all he know it was just a simple little touch,” Superintendent Oberlin Smith-Whyte told Loop News. 
A music teacher Traig Taylor has recently been convicted on a charge of carnal abuse and sentenced to four years. He was founder and leader of the popular gospel group Traig Taylor & Kazak Ministry, producer of the childrens choir as well as a music teacher at a preparatory school. He was reported to the Centre for Investigation and Child Abuse (CISOCA) 
Hopefully this will encourage other victims and survivors…
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She was practicing for a lockdown drill at her preschool and what you should do if you are stuck in a bathroom.
I took this picture because initially I thought it was funny. I was going to send it to my husband to show what our mischievous little three-year-old was up to. However, The moment she told me what she was doing I broke down. She was practicing for a lockdown drill at her preschool and what you should do if you are stuck in a bathroom. At that moment all innocense of what I thought my three-ye…ar-old possessed was gone.
Politicians – take a look. This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great grand children and future generations to come. They will live their lives and grow up in this world based on your decisions. They are barely 3 and they will hide in bathroom stalls standing on top of toilet seats. I do not know what will be harder for them? Trying to remain quiet for an extended amount of time or trying to keep their balance without letting a foot slip below the stall door?
No one thinks gun control will be 100% crime control. But maybe, just maybe, it helps 1% or 2% or 50%? Who knows unless we try? Why on earth are there not universal background checks? Where is a universal registration database? Why are high capacity magazines ever permitted to be sold to anyone other than direct to the military? Is that really necessary to protect yourself or hunt for that matter? What about smart guns, where are they? C’mon techies! The 2nd Amendment is a beast to battle and wiping out the right to bear arms is not on the table. Does anyone really think that will be accomplished? Because it won’t. Amended to some extent? Maybe. But how many decades will that take? Where’s the evolution of our so called “living document” for this subject matter? A document that originally allowed slavery and prevented women from voting? NRA, are you even trying? Let’s talk mental health. Where is the $500 million that the Obama administration put into the budget for approval…did it go through? Is it being implemented or just sitting there? Where is the access to care for those struggling with mental illness? Politicians, I ask you…how can I help?
Banning together, signing petitions, rallying to get your voice heard is good, but is it actually doing anything or just making us feel better about the current situation? We need action. I applaud politicians like Senator Chris Murphy but so many of our elected politicians can’t manage to work together (maybe they shouldn’t be paid for a job they can’t do…just saying) or since they are in bed with all the wrong people, it is up to us if we want change. I want to know what new smart technology is being built for safer guns, advanced security in public places, databases, traveling care for the mentally ill…anything! Entrepreneurs, innovators, are you there? Can I help? Can I help you make a difference? I want to offer support. I cannot give you techie advice, expertise in healthcare, or financial backing, BUT maybe I can point you in the right direction? Maybe I know someone who knows someone who can help? Incubators, investors…if this issue concerns you, do what you do best and help make change. Can I help? Hold funding competitions, provide think tanks for these very things. Hollywood, the PSA’s are good, but not good enough. Eventually they disappear and are forgotten.
I am not pretending to have all the answers or even a shred of them, but unless you want your children standing on top of a toilet, we need to do something! Please share. #dosomething #prayfororlando #wecandobetter Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America