Question It!


It’s amazing the amount of sadism parents will tolerate in the name of education – and initiation.

Researching Reform

Welcome to another week.

Abusive initiation ceremonies in sport where children are being sexually assaulted by peers are still viewed as ‘the norm’ by parents and sporting professionals.

It has also been reported that high profile and well connected parents have been trying to convince police receiving complaints that this kind of behaviour is ‘just a bit of fun’. A sharp increase in reports of child sexual abuse in sport raises serious questions about British culture and the pressure on children to ‘agree’ to being assaulted in order to be part of clubs and elite teams.

Our question this week then is this: how can we ensure this kind of abuse in sport is stopped? 

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The “Javender Effect”


If you are plagued with insomnia or a moment of anxiety, try the ‘Javender’ effect combined with the 5-2-5 formula: breathe in deeply for a count of 5; hold for a count of 2, then exhale slowly for a count of 5. Repeat… Works every time for me.

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Some of the best finds are purely by accident.  “Hubby” and I often have those days where sleep doesn’t come easy.  Aromatherapy works wonders, especially Lavender.  We keep a can of spray infused with Lavender to create a calm atmosphere for a good night’s sleep.

My husband is a huge Jazz music fan, so one night I used the spray and he turned on the music and within minutes we were both fast asleep. Hence, the term “Javender Effect” was born.

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However, I have to quiet my brain that is often intrigued by the music so the lavender can do its work and for “hubby” the music relaxes him as his nose is enchanted by the smell.  We are quite the pair!

Create your sleepy time duo and remember you saw it here first.

You’re welcome  : )

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Silent In Its Hope


Hope can be as fragmented as the clouds, yet it can yield eternal comfort.

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle has struggled with an anxiety disorder for most of his life. After a traumatic accident ended his career in health care, his life became unmanageable and he sought out the help that he so desperately needed. As a longtime photographer, when he found Broken Light Collective in an article it instantly resonated. He now runs a photography program at his local mental health association. He has since become a certified mental health peer specialist and advocate. He also writes local editorial and uses his platform to help erase the stigma of mental illness in his community.

About this photo: “As rain falls on rolling fields, the car wizzes past as we drive through this wide open landscape. Seeds planted, perhaps one of the greatest metaphors of hope, wait in the ground to germinate and create new life. The farmer…

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NSPCC Calls On Government To Launch Child Abuse Investigation


Many topics that need pursuing and questions that need answering.

Researching Reform

Hot off the heels of its latest report on the state of child protection in the UK, the NSPCC is asking the government to launch a UK wide, in depth study looking at current levels of child abuse.

The call comes after its report highlighted a significant increase in the reporting of different types of child abuse, but a less clear picture on what this means about the prevalence, origins and motivations behind these abuses.

The key findings are added below:

  • In recent years there has been an increase in emotional abuse as a reason for children being on a child protection plan or register in England and Wales, and increasing numbers of contacts to the NSPCC helpline about the issue.
  • There has been an increase in public reporting of child abuse. In 2016/17 the NSPCC helpline responded to its highest ever number of contacts.
  • There have also…

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Damning Report Confirms Church Colluded With Convicted Paedophile Bishop Peter Ball


The truth has taken overlong to surface, but it has broken through at last and proved that evil has no hiding place.

Researching Reform

A new report written by Dame Moira Gibb accuses the Church of England of concealing evidence of child sexual abuse at the hands of its clergy and colluding with convicted paedophile, Bishop Peter Ball.

Ball, who was the former bishop of Gloucester and Lewes, was jailed in October 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men aged 17-25 who came to him for guidance and support. He was released from prison in February after serving just 16 months.

Gibb also criticises ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey in her report, whom she cites as being largely responsible for the inexcusable way in which allegations were swept under the carpet. When complaints were first made about Bishop Ball, Ball went straight to the Church and other senior figures within the clergy and the Royal Family to seek out support and protection, including the then Archbishop, Lord Carey…

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