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36 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
123 Missing Children Europe Part 2
Aagje Ieven is Secretary General at Missing Children Europe www.missingchildreneurope.eu , where she is responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day management of the organization. In this second podcast we talk of a significant group of missing children in Europe—those who run away. We look at why, from the obvious to the preventable and talk of the gaps in response and education surrounding this chronic problem. Aagje has a background in Health (Bachelor, Leuven 1998) and Political Philosophy (Master, Leuven, and Nijmegen, 2002). She has close to twenty years of experience in research and policy analysis on human rights in Europe and has worked for a number of EU civil society organisations advocating for the rights and wellbeing of children and their families. She coordinated a campaign for the rights of children in vulnerable situations and managed a European membership network supporting families affected by mental health issues. At Missing Children Europe she established a research and training programme on runaways, the largest category of missing children, and led the advocacy on the new EU Child Rights Currently Secretary General at Missing Children Europe, Aagje heads the European umbrella organisation for ngo’s working on the issue of missing children. They strive to protect and empower children to prevent them from going missing, and they do this by supporting the professionals in our network with research, training, advocacy and awareness raising. They focus on runaways, children abducted by a parent, and unaccompanied migrant children. They coordinate the network of 116000 missing child hotlines which children and families can call when a child is (at risk of going) missing. They also run a network of cross border family mediators that international families which are separating can contact for support. At missing children, Aagje is responsible for day-to-day management of the organization and setting out the strategic lines together with the Board. Aagje joined Missing Children Europe almost three years ago, and have since then established their research and training programme on runaways, called RADAR, have established child participation in the organisation, have led our advocacy on the new EU Child Rights Strategy, and is currently working on their new four year strategy 2022-2025. Research conducted as part of the INCLUDE project shows that overlooking children in international abduction cases leads to feelings of helplessness and anxiety.They work with professionals who assist missing children, children at risk of going missing and their families. MCE supports them to better protect and empower children through research, training, advocacy, and awareness, facilitating exchange and cross-border cooperation. They coordinate the network of 116000 missing children hotlines, and the Cross-Border Family Mediators network. In all of these ways it contributes to more effective, holistic and integrated child protection systems across Europe. Missing Children Europe website where you will find all of our projects and annual reports: https://missingchildreneurope.eu/ International family conflict – families can find Cross Border Family Mediators here: https://crossbordermediator.eu/ Long term missing cases – NotFound application for all website owners: https://notfound.org/en Children in Migration – Miniila application with info for unaccompanied minors: https://miniila.com/ Children in Migration – Lost in Migration conference for professionals in the field: http://lostinmigration.eu/#page-top Children in Migration – Tiny and Apollo campaign to start a different conversation on migration: https://www.tinyandapollo.com/ Thanks as always to www.albadigitalmedia.com for technical assistance with the podcast. by The post 123 Missing Children Europe Part 2 appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
30 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
122 Social Work in China.
Professor Johnston Hong-Chung WONG talks of social work in mainland China and Hong Kong as well as an organisation he co-founded —Social Workers Across Borders. Johnston Wong, Professor in Social Work and Social Administration, started his career as a youth worker in Hong Kong. His early academic interests focused on youth and family work, branching out to psychological stress, unemployment and industrial social work. In Hong Kong he participated in various district and central government committees related to youth policies, education, social care and hospital governance. Since 2005 he was involved in many post disasters social work interventions and become the non-executive director of the Social Workers Across Borders. www.swab.org.hk In 2006 he joined UIC as a Faculty member and helped to design the Service Learning Scheme and Emotional Intelligence Programs as parts of Whole Person Education. Later he was appointed as the Chief of Student Affairs. He taught many courses like Social Work and Chinese Laws, Disaster and Emergency Management, Healthcare Social Work, Social Group Work and Crisis Interventions. Social Workers Without Borders is a post-disaster humanitarian care organization, currently working in Greater China, especially the Mainland, and is committed to providing spiritual reconstruction and development of social work projects for post-disaster residents. Regardless of politics, race, religion or nationality, we are mainly professional social workers, uphold the belief that love knows no borders, provide professional voluntary services, and provide emotional and mental health support and spiritual reconstruction services for families and individuals in disasters or difficulties. Quote from Social Workers Across Borders www.swab.org.hk who specialise in disaster management in China. “On December 26, 2004, there was a terrifying tsunami in South Asia. This natural disaster strongly shook the hearts of everyone on the planet. As a social worker, besides giving financial support, can I do one more step? We hope to provide professional social work services locally. Therefore, a group of aspiring social workers immediately formed “Social Workers Accross Borders”. On January 6, 2005, five social workers and one teacher were dispatched to shoulder the mission of “Social Workers Across Borders”. Local victims in need provide professional services and convey our care. After a year of service and hard work, we became a registered tax-exempt charity on February 2, 2006.” As early as 22 January, SWSA Professor and Chief Student Affairs Officer, Prof Johnston Hong-Chung Wong, proposed that social workers take actions in a WeChat article of the Social Workers Across Borders account. My thanks as always to https://www.albadigitalmedia.com for technical support on the podcast. Please pass on the podcast site as this is not monetised. by The post 122 Social Work in China. appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
27 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
121 Action for ME Sonya Chowdhury
Sonya Chowdhury is the Chief Executive of UK Charity Action for M.E., working with children, families and adults affected by the neurological condition M.E.; a role served since September 2012. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) affects 250,000 people in the U.K., significantly impacting lives and not just their health. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding and awareness means men, women, and children experience the same disbelief. Some even experience discrimination from friends, family, health and social professionals, teachers and employers. Sonya took over as Chief Executive when there was great despair in the community from patients of all ages and their parents desperate for support following years of stigma and disbelief. On first impression, Sonya saw it her role to make Action for M.E. a charity that could drive real change. Fast forward to the review of existing activities and a reset containing bold and ambitious plans of change. A strategy focused on increasing transparency and clarity, seeking a collaborative working culture with stakeholders at every level. Sonya stands by the statement she made at her appointment:”People with M.E. are at the heart of everything we do. Our purpose is to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect experienced by people with M.E. We do this by meeting needs now while securing change for the future. Everything we do is in service of achieving three goals, which we call our strategic touchstones, to tackle these challenges: IMPROVE the lives of people with M.E., INSPIRE action at all levels, and INVEST in change.” In making bold decisions at the appointment, Sonya was able to drive the charity forward in support and ground-breaking biomedical research to not just offer patients with M.E. support but most recently support for those living with Long Covid. It is reported that over 200million are living with the effects of Coronavirus mirroring symptoms, M.E. patients have described for years. The parallels are highlighted through the charity reporting a 30% increase in enquiries for information and often urgent support after Long Covid and M.E. patients were also unable to access vital services. Sonya was named in the top 100 most influential women in the West, 2018 and has devoted her career to improving the lives of children and adults’ lives while working to secure change for the future. Sonya started her career in statutory social work. Sonya worked in senior management roles for leading children’s charity Barnardo’s. She was Head of Business Support two days a week and National Lead for the Family Strategic Partnership for the remaining three. In addition, Sonya co-pioneered the ‘Innovating Futures’ programme, which used a newly-created business generation model to help advance the practice of voluntary sector leaders. Sonya also chairs the Management and PPI Groups for DecodeME, the world’s most extensive M.E. /CFS DNA study launched in June 2020. You can follow Sonya on social media: https://twitter.com/SonyaChowdhury Visit Action for ME today: https://www.actionforme.org.uk Learn about ME: https://www.actionforme.org.uk/get-information/what-is-me/what-does-me-feel-like/ As always, thanks to https://albadigitalmedia.com for tech support on this podcast. by The post 121 Action for ME Sonya Chowdhury appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
30 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
120 Missing Children Europe.
Aagje Ieven is Secretary General at Missing Children Europe www.missingchildreneurope.eu , where sheis responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day management of the organization.Aagje has a background in Health (Bachelor, Leuven 1998) and Political Philosophy (Master, Leuven, and Nijmegen, 2002). She has close to twenty years of experience in research and policy analysis on human rights in Europe and has worked for a number of EU civil society organisations advocating for the rights and wellbeing of children and their families. She coordinated a campaign for the rights of children in vulnerable situations and managed a European membership network supporting families affected by mental health issues. At Missing Children Europe she established a research and training programme on runaways, the largest category of missing children, and led the advocacy on the new EU Child Rights Currently Secretary General at Missing Children Europe, Aagje heads the European umbrella organisation for ngo’s working on the issue of missing children. They strive to protect and empower children to prevent them from going missing, and they do this by supporting the professionals in our network with research, training, advocacy and awareness raising. They focus on runaways, children abducted by a parent, and unaccompanied migrant children. They coordinate the network of 116000 missing child hotlines which children and families can call when a child is (at risk of going) missing. They also run a network of cross border family mediators that international families which are separating can contact for support. At missing children, Aagje is responsible for day-to-day management of the organization and setting out the strategic lines together with the Board. Her educational background is in Health (Bachelor, Leuven 1998) and Political Philosophy (Master, Leuven, and Nijmegen, 2002). She spend 6 years doing research on human rights in Europe at the University of Leuven and as a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University in New York. After that experience in New York, she decided to embark on a career in EU civil society and led a research project on child health inequalities at EuroHealthNet. Since then she has worked for a number of civil society organisations advocating for the rights and wellbeing of children and their families. At Eurochild, she coordinated a campaign to advocate for deinstitutionalisation and family based care for children. For 2 years, she was SecGen at EUFAMI, another European membership network supporting families caring for family members with severe mental health issues. Aagje joined Missing Children Europe almost three years ago, and have since then established their research and training programme on runaways, called RADAR, have established child participation in the organisation, have led our advocacy on the new EU Child Rights Strategy, and is currently working on their new four year strategy 2022-2025. Research conducted as part of the INCLUDE project shows that overlooking children in international abduction cases leads to feelings of helplessness and anxiety.They work with professionals who assist missing children, children at risk of going missing and their families. MCE supports them to better protect and empower children through research, training, advocacy, and awareness, facilitating exchange and cross-border cooperation. They coordinate the network of 116000 missing children hotlines, and the Cross-Border Family Mediators network. In all of these ways it contributes to more effective, holistic and integrated child protection systems across Europe. Missing Children Europe website where you will find all of our projects and annual reports: https://missingchildreneurope.eu/ International family conflict – families can find Cross Border Family Mediators here: https://crossbordermediator.eu/ Long term missing cases – NotFound application for all website owners: https://notfound.org/en Children in Migration – Miniila application with info for unaccompanied minors: https://miniila.com/ Children in Migration – Lost in Migration conference for professionals in the field: http://lostinmigration.eu/#page-top Children in Migration – Tiny and Apollo campaign to start a different conversation on migration: https://www.tinyandapollo.com/ Thanks as always to www.albadigitalmedia.com for technical assistance with the podcast. by The post 120 Missing Children Europe. appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
36 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
119 Sarah Goff , Ann Craft Trust
Sarah Goff, Development Manager – Safeguarding Young People Sarah is ACT Disabled Young People Manager, she has over twenty years’ experience in the fields of child protection and social care. She is an expert in the field of safeguarding disabled children and her interests include the impact of domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation. Sarah currently combines her role at the Ann Craft Trust as a lecturer at the University of Nottingham on their BA and MA Social Care programmes. Sarah also delivers safeguarding disabled children training to organisations across the UK to make sure children and young people’s voices are heard. She has also led and continues to contribute to world-leading research projects in the UK and Europe. We talk over a wide range of things concerning safeguarding disabled children and young people. website http://www.anncrafttrust.org some of Sarah’s current work includes raising awareness of families’ needs for greater support; Autism and lack of understanding; missed in mainstream We Matter Too project : experiences of disabled yp experiencing domestic abuse sexual exploitation and learning needs; what help parents need to act protectively current projects on sexual exploitation and learning needs useful links include https://www.anncrafttrust.org/category/safeguarding-matters-podcast/ https://www.anncrafttrust.org/events/safeguarding-adults-week-grooming-and-exploitation-opening-eyes-and-minds-conference/ ttps://www.anncrafttrust.org/events/national-safeguarding-adults-week-2021/ Sarah’s passion for her work comes accross strongly. After listening , check out their work on their website Thanks , as always , to http://www.albadigitalmedia.com by The post 119 Sarah Goff , Ann Craft Trust appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
36 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
118 Mike Hames, safeguarding expert.
The podcast is back. After a couple of months or so break we head into the 7th year of reporting the world we live in. We talk of the way safeguarding has changed and the challenges for the future. Mike is still working full time with a residential provider , coordinating all safeguarding work for the group. My guest is Michael Hames, safeguarding expert, who I’ve known for 25 years and whom I worked with on several initiatives and investigations starting when he was at Scotland Yard. He was born in Colchester, Essex and after education at the Colchester Royal Grammar School, joined the Metropolitan Police in 1962. He served for 32 years and held a variety of management positions at senior rank from 1970. During much of this time, he specialised in the detection of sex offenders. For the last 5 years of his service, he was the Detective Superintendent in charge of the Obscene Publications Branch at New Scotland Yard. During his time there, he re-focussed the work to encompass the proactive detection of paedophile offenders and it has subsequently been renamed the Paedophilia Unit of the Organised Crime Group. He developed and refined, the use of the first National Index of convicted and suspected paedophiles until the formation of the National Criminal Intelligence Service in 1993, when the Index was transferred to the Home Office Unit. He supervised the operational unit which achieved outstanding success and world wide acknowledgment of its pioneering work to combat paedophiles & enhanced his reputation as a safeguarding expert. He was the U.K. Interpol representative on the Standing Working Group on Offences Against Children. He chaired the sub-committee on law Enforcement methods and was the leading police advocate of legislation to ban possession of child pornography throughout the member States, as well as extra-territorial legislation to deal with child abusers who travel and commit offences outside their jurisdiction. He has regular contact with non governmental agencies such as E.C.P.A.T. (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of children for sexual purposes), The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, in the U.S., as well as law enforcement agencies throughout the world. He was also a member of the Sexual Offences Steering Committee at Scotland Yard. He has carried out research into Organised and Ritual Abuse of Children and is an acknowledged authority on the subject of Child Sexual Abuse. He has lectured widely at home and abroad and published articles in the press and professional journals. He frequently appears on Television and Radio. He is now an independent consultant, advising and training at the request of Local Authorities, Charities and Private Companies on a variety of subjects including Child Protection, Staffing issues, Strategic Management and Selection of Staff. His speciality remains the combating of Child Abuse in Organisations. He holds a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies. He holds the British Psychological Society’s Level ‘B’ Certificate in psychometric testing. His autobiography, ‘The Dirty Squad’ was published by Little Brown in April 2000. Thanks , as always, to http://albadigitalmedia.com for technical support. by The post 118 Mike Hames, safeguarding expert. appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
32 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
117 Brian Iselin slave free trade
Brian Iselin Slavefreetrade ….Brian is an Australian/Swedish counter-slavery campaigner. He is a former soldier (6 years) and Federal Agent (13 years) who, for the last almost 20 years has specialised in counter-slavery operations around the world. While posted aboard as a Federal Agent in China, he started seeing human trafficking cases, and switched priorities to counter-slavery work. He started slave free trade www.slavefreetrade.org in 2018 to shake up a number of things about the way we tackle modern slavery. Tens of millions of children, globally, are victims of slavery. We talk of the mammoth task to protect the vulnerable and try to afford some children the childhood they deserve. We talk of the need for much more coordinated action and coming together of all statutory and not for profit groups to maximise awareness, resources and legislation to this widespread abomination. The Freedomer App We are building the Freedomer App to be a community platform for like-minded consumers to get together and use their combined voice to demand better working conditions for the world’s most vulnerable. If you want your favourite things to be made without modern slavery, this is the way to voice it. As a Freedomer, you can use the App to petition your favourite brands for more transparency about manufacturing facilities ref slave free trade, mount campaigns, gather support for your campaign, even host chats with other people & experts and help usher in an end to modern slavery. You can build momentum with other Freedomers joining you within the app as well as through social media. Engage in dialogue with like-minded consumers and industry experts to keep track of how companies are performing on social sustainability metrics as they listen to their workers. In order to create the App they are running a crowdfund. www.wemakeit.com….project….the power of your choice With their volunteer developerss, we estimate 6-8 months of development. If we are able to accelerate that either by the crowdfund to buy full-time dev hours, or by more volunteer commitments, we want to see that time reduced dramatically and get it into people’s hands faster. We have designed the App screens as of now and are currently optimising the App user flow. Phase 2 of the Freedomer App will include the ability to scan objects to determine its Made In Freedom rating, creating a marketplace of slavefree products and services so you know you are making the right choice You can contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks as always to albadigitalmedia.com for their technical help by The post 117 Brian Iselin slave free trade appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
33 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
116 Lt Joseph E Laramie Ret
Lt. Joseph E. Laramie, ret. Program Manager National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College. Joe has been involved in combatting crimes against children for over three decades in senior law enforcement positions. He is a Program Manager with the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College working in the Missing and Exploited Children’s and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Training and Technical Assistance Programs. He retired from the Glendale, Missouri Police Department, with more than 30 years of child protection, investigation and training experience. During his time with Glendale PD he was a child abuse investigator, created the Greater St. Louis ICAC Task Force, and became the founding Commander of the Missouri ICAC Task Force. He later was an Administrator with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, with responsibility for online crimes against children, human trafficking and the computer forensic lab. He served as a subject matter expert on the Missouri Governor’s Cyberbullying Task Force, the Missouri Task Force for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Child Sex Trafficking Training Project. He is currently serving on the Tennessee DCS Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Committee, and the Board of Directors for the Davis House, a Child Advocacy Center in his home of Franklin, TN. We talk of the evolution of safeguarding children, the attitudes and the misconceptions that existed and the myriad of challenges that face colleagues today. by The post 116 Lt Joseph E Laramie Ret appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
23 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
115 Human Traffiking. Follow the Money.
ATII stands for the Anti Human Traffiking Intelligence Initiative http://www.followmoneyfightslavery.org a non profit organisation promoting corporate responsibility,awareness raising,intelligence integration,technical advancement and data collaboration.SAM GRABER is the chief Communications Officer of followmoneyfightslavery.org ATII We talk of the importance of identifying supply chains in traffiking situations and how front line workers can learn from financial analysts. Dr. Samantha Graber comes from a holistic healthcare background and has solidified her niche within the ATII team. She comes to ATII with not only an uncanny skill for looking at complex problems holistically, she brings with her a wealth of personal experience navigating the human trafficking world through “boots on the ground” volunteering and tactical strategy. Samantha has completed the US Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Investigative Response to Child Sex Trafficking course which gives her a unique perspective into law enforcement’s response to this egregious criminal network. This blend of experiences will keep ATII mission-centered and vision-driven in combatting all forms of human traffiking. Dr. Samantha Graber was an active clinician for over 25 years during which she saw how preventable problems spiral out of control when the core issues are not identified and corrected. This is how ATII. she views the scourge of human trafficking. Samantha will work to unify the anti-human trafficking community through her work at ATII. I plan to follow up this podcast with a second after March 11th onlineSummit https://followmoneyfightslavery.org/summit/ a packed day of information and education with panels of expert speakers. ( an audience of 1600 already booked ) My thanks , as always , to http://albadigitalmedia.com for their help on the technical side of this podcast. by The post 115 Human Traffiking. Follow the Money. appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
21 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
114 Children’s Hospice South West
I talk with Laura Robertson from Children’s Hospice South West about how we offer end of life care to our young children and their families. Laura joined Children’s Hospice South West back in June 2017 after many years of fundraising for both small and large charities. A career that that she did not anticipate when graduating from University of Plymouth with a Theatre degree over 10 years ago, but one that is filled with highs, lows, daily challenges and so much to be thankful for. “What I love so much about my job is getting to meet so many people from different walks of life and knowing that the work that I am doing is making a real difference to local people. Social isolation is not new to families caring for children with life-limiting conditions. Many are used to long hospital stays far from home, long periods of illness preventing normal daily activities, being unable to attend school due to health needs, and sacrificing social interactions due to care needs. But the Covid lockdown has brought many new and often terrifying challenges to these families, many of whom have seen care packages fall away and their wider support networks disappear in the wake of the global pandemic. Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), which looks after 500 families around the South West, has had to adapt its care model to continue providing the lifeline support the charity has offered since 1995. Because of the significant risks and the vulnerability of children, routine respite stays at the three hospices – Charlton Farm in North Somerset, Little Bridge House in Devon, and Little Harbour in Cornwall – have been cancelled. But the hospices remain open for emergency and end-of-life care and the charity has developed a ‘hospice, home and virtual’ model to be able to continue caring for families wherever they are and whenever they need it most. “We try to make the most of every single moment and make memories that we will treasure always” We have supported children in their homes providing night shifts when care packages in the community have fallen apart, enabling families to step in and care for their children in the morning. We have also been providing care for community children’s nurses, cover over weekends and evenings. Our care teams have been visiting families on doorsteps giving food parcels and lots of virtual support, including a virtual sibling and bereavement groups. CHSW needs around £11m a year to run its three children’s hospices and around 85 per cent is raised through voluntary donations. Find out more at www.chsw.org.uk or contact Laura at email@example.com Thanks as always to http://albadigitalmedia.com for technical support by The post 114 Children’s Hospice South West appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
18 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
113 Christina Gabbitas Children’s Author
Christina Gabbitas http://www.christinagabbitas.com is an award-winning children’s author who has encouraged over 25,000 children nationally with an annual poetry initiative, giving her a Dame Beryl Bainbridge award in 2015 for her work and Sue Ryder Education Award in 2016. Founder and Trustee of Children’s Literature Festivals http://www.childrensliteraturefestivals.com whose mission is to give children from all backgrounds, cultures and abilities an equal opportunity of having access to books to realise the power of reading not just educationally but socially and emotionally too.Christina received a Mayoral Award for Services to Children’s Literature and Child Protection, and was made an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council for the work that she has undertaken in safeguarding children. Christina’s book Share Some Secrets was awarded a national book prize in 2019, and the publication is now encouraging children to speak out and being recognised globally. The animation resource and publication is being utilised in some PCC’s child exploitation toolkits. A recent work was with the Police & Crime Commissioners Office in Humberside where she produced a story to help educate children on the dangers of being groomed into County Lines and being involved with knife crime. http://www.nomoreknifecrime.com The partnership also included a writing initiative with children aged 10+ Her latest book–out on the 4th March ( World Book Day ) is http://www.monahlot.com focusing on a seven year old girl who complains a lot until she is understood better and responds to kindness. We also talk about the poetry competition for children she organised to help them express their feelings about Lockdown. Called Lockdown Lives . I was very pleased to be one of the judges in what turned out to be an extremely successful project. Testimonial from Ali Jeremy Director of Communications at NSPCC: “Christina deserves the highest level of recognition from the NSPCC for her dedication and unstinting enthusiasm. She is a wonderful lady who is passionate about safeguarding whilst conveying a love of reading which can open up so many new worlds for our children” Robert Ruston – Victims and Vulnerable People Lead for PCC Lancashire Share Some Secrets book and online animation is an excellent addition to our NEST Lancashire Toolkit. Providing suitable resources that younger children can use on their own as well as with teachers, carers and parents is an area of resources that we need to grow and develop and Christina’s resource is a very useful start.” Thanks to http://www.albadigitalmedia.com for technical support on this podcast. by The post 113 Christina Gabbitas Children’s Author appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
34 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
112 Sir Peter Wanless Chief Exec NSPCC
Peter Wanless has been the Chief Executive of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children since June 2013. The charity’s longstanding purpose is to prevent cruelty to children, something it seeks to achieve through a mixture of service delivery, research, influencing, advocacy and campaigning. Among the NSPCC’s http://nspcc.org.uk direct services are Childline, 0800 1111 a confidential helpline for any young person with nowhere else to turn, the NSPCC Helpline firstname.lastname@example.org for any adult with a worry or concern about a child, the Child protection in Sport Unit and a network of service centres across the UK focused particularly on abuse and neglect in the early years and child sexual abuse. The NSPCC has been particularly prominent of late in building the child protection case for online regulation of social media services.Peter was previously Chief Executive of what was then the Big Lottery Fund and a Director at the Department for Education between 1998 and 2008. He is on the Boards of Somerset County Cricket Club and the Government’s National Leadership Centre. He received a knighthood in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List for services to children and charity. We talk of the priorities driving the NSPCC in these challenging times. Supporting young people first, keeping staff and volunteers safe and well and looking to maintain the donation base to continue vital work. Peter outlines the strategic position of the charity and the constant focus on adapting to threats and challenges to young people. Their work in schools, their combatting of online risks and the increasing workload on their well established Childline service. Training and research are cornerstones of the charity and his job in overseeing all aspects include partnerships with all colleague services, both statutory and voluntary. Thanks to http://albadigitalmedia.com for technical support on this podcast. Please give voicemail feedback at side of text. by The post 112 Sir Peter Wanless Chief Exec NSPCC appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
31 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
No 111 31.8 Independent Christian Safeguarding Charity
Justin Humphreys is joint Chief Executive at the independent, Christian safeguarding charity, thirtyone:eight based in the UK .https://thirtyoneeight.org/about-us/who-we-are/ He has had a career in youth and social work and social welfare spanning over 30 years. During this time, he has worked in statutory and third sector settings to senior/executive level. 31.8 offers a wide variety of services https://thirtyoneeight.org/our-services/ . Justin currently chairs the Christian Forum for Safeguarding; a collaborative forum for the national safeguarding leads from many of the mainstream Christian denominations and networks across the UK. He is also the founder (alongside Sarah Champion MP) and principal advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Safeguarding in Faith Settings and through thirtyone:eight provides the secretariat. Justin is also a member of the expert advisory group on the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in the international aid and development sector at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (formerly Department for International Development). He has undertaken numerous peer-reviewed, academic research projects focusing on different aspects of safeguarding in Christian contexts and is co-author of the SPCK publication ‘Escaping the maze of spiritual abuse: Creating healthy Christian cultures’. Justin holds a Master’s degree in Child Protection and Strategic Management (Edinburgh Napier), a Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management (Derby) and a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Social Work Studies (Central England). The charity produces many publications https://thirtyoneeight.org/news-and-events/publications/ Justin lives in the South West of England and has been married for 28 years with three adult children. We talk over a wide range of issues and matters that have consumned religious institutions over the decades and look at the image of churches and safeguarding as well as what’s being done to address the challenges. My thanks as always to http://albadigitalmedia.com for technical help in the production of this podcast. by The post No 111 31.8 Independent Christian Safeguarding Charity appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
34 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
110 Monique Auffrey
Monique is the Chief Executive Officer of Carya, a role she began in September of 2020. She is also the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Organization of Social Workers and ( along with myself ) an Advisory Board Member of the Global Institute of Social Workers.http://www.thegisw.org . As a published author, Monique’s work influences policy on social work, housing and homelessness. Carya https://caryacalgary.ca/ is a social profit agency dedicated to creating strong families and communities for generations. Since 1910, carya has been providing support to individuals, families, youth, and seniors – helping thousands of Calgarians every year to realize their potential and build thriving relationships.Previously, Monique was CEO of Discovery House, a social profit organization providing care to women and their children fleeing domestic violence. During her time at Discovery House, the organization was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Charities, as well as one of Canada’s top three women’s shelters. Her creative leadership pushed Discovery House to think differently about their response to domestic violence, guiding the development of programs for children that help them recover from trauma and break the cycle of abuse. Monique is also highly influential in the wider non-profit sector, sitting on the Alberta Family Violence Death Review Committee and participating in the National Housing Strategy Round Table in Ottawa. Her most recent honour was to be awarded Advocate & Catalyst for Change by the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Universal Women’s Network as a Women of Inspiration 2020 winner. We talk of national and global challenges as she has wide experience of international affairs even starting her career working with asylum seekers in the Netherlands. She is an inspirational person to listen to and is someone that I really enjoyed talking to. Thanks as always to http://albadigitalmedia.com for technical support in this podcast. Please remember to leave voicemail messages ( at the side of this text ) by The post 110 Monique Auffrey appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
52 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
109 Safeguarding in Wisconsin
Safeguarding in Wisconsin with Matthew Joy and Dana Miller Matthew Joy Matt has been with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation for over 20 years. Matt has served as a special agent investigating drug and internet crimes against children (ICAC) crimes, a special agent in charge supervising white collar and ICAC crimes, and director working closely with the department’s human trafficking unit, ICAC Task Force, and Digital Forensics Unit. Matt also serves as the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force commander, which includes membership from almost 300 public safety partners in Wisconsin. In September 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice began a national Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force program to counter the emerging threat of offenders using the Internet or other online technology to sexually exploit children. Under this program, regional ICAC task forces serve as sources of prevention, education and investigative expertise to provide assistance to parents, teachers, law enforcement and other professionals working on child victimization issues. Wisconsin’s ICAC Task Force has been administered through the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation since its inception in the spring of 1999.The Wisconsin ICAC Task Force is a national leader in fighting Internet crimes against children. The task force is comprised of Wisconsin Department of Justice personnel as well as police and sheriff’s departments from around the state. Dana Miller Dana is an Advanced Program & Policy Analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation in the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Dana holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin -Platteville, and has worked extensively in education and harm prevention surrounding technology throughout the state of Wisconsin. With WI DOJ, Dana manages the daily program operations for the ICAC Task Force, including overseeing Wisconsin’s CyberTips from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and communicating statewide with law enforcement regarding CyberTips, ICAC investigations, resources, outreach, and training events. Dana is creator and co-creator of multiple safety programs for Wisconsin Department of Justice, including their online safety interact! e-course and the Protect Kids Online (PKO) podcast. Dana also teaches for the National Criminal Justice Training Center and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, providing training worldwide to law enforcement and community members. This is a joint podcast with PKO Protect Kids Online https://dpi.wi.gov/internet-safety/stay-informed-dojs-pko-podcast We explore the global challenges of online cyber crime against children and vulnerable adults.Law enforcement, social care, mental health and victim identification are just some of the areas of great concern. Engaging with young people and finding relevant ways of communicating in a digital age as well as the responsibilities that come with large social media platforms. Thanks as always to http://albadigitalmedia.com for technical assistance with this podcast. by The post 109 Safeguarding in Wisconsin appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
34 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
108 Mental Health First Aid. Paula Power
This programme highlights a much needed service in mental health awareness raising. It’s like a training programme for ‘social lifeguards’—training people to identify, support and refer on, if needed , those struggling with all types of mental health related issues. Paula’s own life experience contributed hugely to her awareness of the value of wellbeing and mental health in overcoming challenges. In the current climate , this is probably one of the most valuable services around as people are suffering such a range of traumas and anxieties due to the impact of Covid19, Paula is the business owner of My White Dog and facilitator for the 1 and 2-day adult and Youth courses. She is a MHFA Instructor, NLP Practitioner, Mountain Leader, with Business Studies, Positive Psychology and qualifications in Further Education and Social Science at the Open University. She started out in a corporate environment, but always enjoyed adventure and outdoor space, climbing, mountaineering and sailing. When she realised the positive impact of her own wellbeing in this space, She went onto develop skills in education and mountaineering and led groups in the outdoors including expeditions to Africa and Asia. A rewarding role watching students age 13-18 develop latent and new skills when stretched, build resilience, team and leadership skills. She went onto explore other personal challenges when selected to take part in the first all women expedition to the geographic North Pole in 1997. 20 women relaying in teams of 4 across the arctic over 3 months and went onto become Guinness book record holders. She works in partnership with Wiltshire MIND and collaborate with various therapists and charity organisations and am an instructor member of Mental Health First Aid England to raise mental health awareness, reduce stigma and provide the tools to improve wellbeing in work, schools and communities. Courses are currently delivered on-line so there is no limitation to location. She provides an engaged and safe learning space for all who are open to change. Feel free to get in touch email@example.com Thanks as always to http://www.albadigitalmedia.com for technical support. Please continue to give VOICEMAIL feedback at the side of this page. by The post 108 Mental Health First Aid. Paula Power appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
22 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
107 Social Work Today— a new platform.
Social Work Today A new platform My guest today is Kellie Doubtfire , someone I’ve known and worked with over many years. She has, with COMPASS, produced and developed some of the most useful and memorable events in the social work sector, mixing huge attendance with great content. Social Work Today, www.socialworktoday.co.uk, is a new platform, designed to give social work professionals an online community with access to essential social work information, news, online events, CPD and jobs. Social Work Today comes with a strong pedigree. For over 25 years, Kellie, SWT’s Publisher, along with the COMPASS events and publications team, has worked closely with health, social work and care professionals offering much-respected consultancy, engagement, marketing, training and career development projects within the sector. It also will provide a daily newsletter, keeping you up to date, well informed and aware of upcoming events. Kellie’s career in social work, social care and healthcare began over 25 years ago, on finishing her degree at Lancaster University, she her first post was in Education & Welfare for the LUSU. She went on to lead the commercial relaunch of the weekly Nursing Standard magazine in 1996 and to develop and launch the first Nursing Standard Jobs Fair for the Royal College of Nursing. She balanced the commercial development of the RCN’s five monthly titles, including Elderly Care and Mental Health Practice. Alongside this, for 12 years Kellie was also the publishing consultant on BASW’s Professional Social Work magazine as well as other BASW publishing and membership projects. Kellie’s understanding of the sector, combined with project management and marketing skills, came to the fore as Publishing and Events Director for COMPASS, inspiring the development of the annual COMPASS, the complete guide to social work and social care, launched in 1999; and the development of the successful COMPASS Jobs Fairs programme with regular events in London, Birmingham and Manchester (The Social Work Show). In 2015, Kellie was closely involved in producing the International Federation of Social Workers European Conference. The Edinburgh event was the biggest gathering of social workers in Europe, with delegates from over 40 countries. Kellie’s resulting close relationships and consultations with key people in the social work sector – from service users to those who work in Adult and Children’s services, charitable organisations, service providers to sector academics – have given her the insight and confidence to develop Social Work Today with the COMPASS team in 2020. Kellie brings a personal touch to her work with her years of experience juggling a full-time career whilst caring for her parents. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org My thanks, as always, to http://albadigitalmedia.com for technical support on this podcast. DON’T FORGET TO RECORD YOUR FEEDBACK WITH THE VOICEMAIL FACILITY AT THE SIDE OF THIS PODCAST ! THANK YOU by The post 107 Social Work Today— a new platform. appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
35 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
106 Grantown Remakery. A classic small charity.
I talk to George Livingstone who acts as the development manager for this important charity. It’s one of dozens around the UK that are striving to help balance inequality and create opportunity for those disadvantaged through no fault of their own.Also learning to survive during the pandemic. So often we overlook the value and importance of small community charities, all making a difference and improving people’s quality of life in so many different ways. Grantown Remakery http://www.grantonremakery.org.uk provides Employment Skills Development, volunteering opportunities and support for Young People who may be having difficulty in Transition from School to Further Education and Employment, Adults with a Disability or with Mental Ill-Health, supporting all in their journey to recovery and towards fulfilment of their personal goals. It aims to provide an alternative to landfill disposal by repairing, upgrading, recycling and reselling of goods through a Community based system. They have developed strong business relationships with both Partners and the Local Community to identify the best service for individuals in need of support and skills development within strong environmental awareness and action. It is a community social work scheme whose value to the area is significant. Contact them on Facebook or at their website or email email@example.com Thanks to http://albadigitalmedia.com for technical help with this podcast. Please leave messeges and suggestions by Voicemail at the side of this text !!! Thanks by The post 106 Grantown Remakery. A classic small charity. appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
34 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
105 David Hencke the search for pension justice.
This is about women born in the 1950’s who strongly claim to have been cheated out of their pensions entitlement. #BackTo60 http://www.backto60.com supports of 50’s women who demand the return of their earned dues which are being kept from them as opposed to men of the same age. The search for justice has taken considerable time and effort and is still being opposed by the courts and the administration. Visit the website and sign the petition to eradicate this history of pensions inequality. David Hencke http://www.davidhencke.com has a career spanning 40 years in journalism – mainly as an investigative journalist at the Guardian based in Westminster. He has won nine regional and national awards for his reporting. He has covered social services, Whitehall and investigated corrupt practices in Parliament including the “cash for questions” scandal which led to the resignation of Neil Hamilton and Tim Smith in the 1990s. He also exposed the hidden payment of a large loan to Peter Mandelson, from another minister to buy an expensive house in Notting Hill, London which led to his first resignation. More recently on the now closed Exaro investigative website he won an award for exposing tax avoidance by the former head of the Students Loan Company and covered recent child sex abuse scandals. Now investigating the influence of Dominic Cummings, the PM’s adviser, in Whitehall. David has campaigned constantly for natural justice to be done in the 1950’s pensions case. Read his blog on his website ‘Westminster Confidential’ My thanks to http://albadigitalmedia.com for technical support on this podcast. Please leave Voicemail comments and suggestions–just click the button at the side of the text. by The post 105 David Hencke the search for pension justice. appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
28 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
104 Suicide prevention. Jeff Patterson at Gaggle
Suicide, self harm and depression haunt young people across the world, taking thousands of lives all over the globe. Combined with the threats from drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, in all forms, and child pornography the risk to students are manifest. Based in Los Angeles, Jeff has developed a company that now offers protection and support to over 4.5 million school and college students. He has been starting businesses since he was five. Some were failures while others were marginal survivors, and those prior businesses set the groundwork for the success of Gaggle. http://www.gaggle.net Seeking a solution to manage student safety issues, Jeff founded Gaggle as a secure student email provider in 1999. As trends in risky student behavior like suicide, self-harm, violence toward others, cyberbullying, and child pornography grew, he expanded Gaggle’s offering to include products that help schools create safe learning environments. Unable to find investors when he first launched the company, Jeff has enjoyed not having a boss for the past two decades and uses this freedom to express his creativity and sense of fun—all while helping save kids. Developments we talk about include a confidential concern line and a cyber tip line as well as a 24 hour monitoring service. Most recently, a service offering qualified telephone councelling is being introduced. Thanks as always to https://albadigitalmedia.com for technical help on this podcast. by The post 104 Suicide prevention. Jeff Patterson at Gaggle appeared first on Thoughts On The Social World.
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