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be careful what you share on social media-you might unknowingly break the law!

This is a cautionary tale.

Sharing images of abuse, even when the goal is to question those images and promote best practice, could be a criminal offence in the letter of the law.

Recently I (Dianne) was sent a video via social media by someone who works at one of the projects we support.  The film showed shocking scenes of violence towards children.  It was sent to me with the best of intentions by someone with whom I had have conversations about positive ways of disciplining children in a country where corporal punishment towards children (though not extreme violence) is still common practice.  The film did not originate in that country or in the UK, and had been made specifically for sharing on the Internet, but the violence it showed and the distress of the children involved were undoubtedly real.  My immediate reaction was to delete the video, but it did not seem very responsible to do that without making some attempt at least to bring the perpetrators to justice.   So I reported it to the British police.

This is what I learned. Read the rest of this entry »

orphanages-why are we asking you to rethink volunteering or donating?

We want to start this post by saying very clearly that we know that some of you support orphanages – and we are not, for a moment, suggesting that you should immediately stop supporting those orphanages. We want to encourage people to look at alternatives and encourage the organisations they support to seek alternatives.We want to encourage people who are thinking about supporting an orphanage for the first time to consider the alternatives – we want to warn people that many orphanages – not all- are commercial enterprises where children are trafficked.

We are asking everyone to rethink the way we support children in poverty – children who are very often separated from their families because of poverty.

We at people and places made the decision nearly 10 years ago to work with programmes that work to keep children in their families not in orphanages – why?

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