Educate not segregate ….

Today we have a guest blog that needs to be posted right away. May is mental health awareness month and you are not going to get a better insight into mental health and schools than this. It’s an anonymous blog. Has to be. Just like the police person who spoke out about county lines. I…

What about the children living with mental health?

May is mental health awareness month. So lets talk about the children living with mental health and what it could look  like for them… I wake up suddenly. My eyes spring open and for a moment I am in that place when you don’t know if you are awake or still dreaming. I can hear…

#Mentoo

May is national mental health awareness month and all of my blogs in May will cover this in different ways…. I grew up in a domestic violence household and watched my mother suffer at the hands of a few men who thought it was ok to verbally and physically abuse her. I became the victim…

Shatter boy

TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ABUSE AND VIOLENCE When we speak of Child sexual exploitation, for many people, your mind’s eye will create a few images. Lets say I want you to visualise the following situation….14 years of age, just realised that there is one way they want you to pay the debt….sex….you don’t even know how…

A brief introduction to Childhood Trauma

Today’s Guest blogger is someone I have known a long time.I have watched her grow from a crazy teen to a epic young women (still crazy though). She has worked so hard in Uni because she wants to make a difference in the world. I asked her to write about something that she feel strongly…

Calm down…Oi calm down

So, this week I become angry and upset about an article that was published by Spiegel. The article was about the exploitation, rape, and sexual abuse of children in Ghana and focused on  one child named Melphia.  Spiegel’s reporters spoke about this using word such as “Child prostitution”. Initially my blood boiled, and I wrote…

“Child prostitution”..How dare you!

First..it’s a Friday…I don’t write blogs on a Friday…But this has got me so mad.. About 18 months ago I was in a STRAT meeting for a 14-year-old girl who was the victim of child sexual exploitation. It was a very intense meeting and professionals seemed to be battling against each other to reach the…

No one is ever past saving

There is often a dark cloud over my blogs. A heavy presence and not often a happy ending. And that’s how it is sometimes. Sometimes we need to see the dark…for a long time…until we can see the light..what ever that light may be. Let me introduce you to Dale. Dale has seen the dark…

It’s the Out of the Shadows Blog Birthday!!!! (1 Today)

It’s my blog birthday!!! One year ago, today I posted my first ever blog!! Grab yourself a cuppa, put your feet up for 5 and come …lets look back at the last year I had just got the paper work through to say that I was now the official director of Out of the Shadows…

“She’s gonna do it Blud”…..

Heart pounding in her ears…. all of a sudden everything become very real. She can feel the boys behind her, 10 maybe 12 of them. She can feel the heat of their body’s pushing up against hers. She can feel the hot breath of one of them from behind her in her ear as he…