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Child Welfare – International Children’s Day

Child Welfare – International Children’s Day
1st June 2017 Louise Thomas


In 1925 the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva and Switzerland, proclaimed June 1st to be International Children’s Day. It became universally established in 1954, the aim being to protect children’s rights, end child labour and guarantee access to education. It is usually marked with speeches on children’s rights and wellbeing and other events involving or dedicated to children. Children of today are the keepers of tomorrow. The day is used to promote the rights and welfare of children within society.

Governments around the world strongly support this awareness day, in order to draw attention to children’s issues and promote wellbeing. When looking specifically at our own society in Britain, it’s sometimes hard to believe that neglect and abuse of children is still sadly, a stark reality.

According to statistics released by the NSPCC:

  • 1 in 14 children have been physically abused
  • Over 90% of sexually abused children were abused by someone they knew
  • Over 6,800 children were identified as needing protection from physical abuse last year
  • One third of sexual offences recorded by the police are against children
  • The NSPCC’s helpline responded to over 9,000 contacts about physical abuse last year
  • 1 in 3 children sexually abused by an adult did not tell anyone

At John Fowlers our Family Team always promote the welfare of the children in every case, we hold both children panel and family panel accreditations. Our experienced Colchester solicitors understand the difficulties parents can have and we can give you expert advice on how to proceed, that is both practical and sensitive.

We can prepare an application to the Court for a Child Arrangements Order on your behalf and represent you when the case goes to Court advising, assisting and supporting you.

We also understand the impact that the Local Authority’s involvement may have on a family and we assist from the onset and represent clients facing Public Law matters.

If you require any advice from our Family team, please contact our Colchester office: 01206 576151.