Victim of childhood sexual abuse raises awareness of safeguarding concerns

“Do you know that there’s nothing that you can’t speak to me about?”

A simple question, but one Dr Matthew McVarish feels could be so powerful in helping end childhood sexual violence.

Dr McVarish is a multi-award-winning human rights activist, and also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse himself.

He thinks that if parents, teachers or other trusted adults ask children that question, then kids who are experiencing sexual violence or abuse would be more likely to feel comfortable coming forward.

With 8 in 10 teachers believing that there are more safeguarding concerns than five years ago, James Dickman put it to Matthew that the problems seem to be getting worse.

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Henry Thomas-Aldridge 22nd May 2024

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