HJ Talks About Abuse: Hugh James Abuse Conference 2020
HJ Talks about abuse
The annual abuse conference run by Hugh James and the NSPCC took place on 13 February 2020 in our office in Two Central Square, Cardiff. The abuse conference is an opportunity to bring together a whole range of service providers who assist survivors of sexual abuse so thoughts, expertise and opinions can be shared to make the experience for survivors better. This year focussed on a range of issues, from the definition of “Positions of Trust” in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to support services for survivors who have found themselves in trouble with the law, but one important issue which came starkly into focus were opportunities to stop child abuse before it had occurred. Whilst this might seem an incalculably difficult task, insights provided by Professor Bisson into the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences in childhood on an adult in later life demonstrated that focus towards healing those who have had these experiences could assist in curving trends in the future. Sam Barker of Hugh James spoke about the issue of consent in civil proceedings for compensation arising out of childhood sexual abuse. Whilst this seemed a nonsense to many in the audience, it is an unfortunate reality that consent is more often being used in a case where an abuser has been convicted of a sexual offence, but a lack of consent is not an element of that offending. In today’s podcast, Alan and Sam discuss these issues further and welcome any thoughts from listeners. If you enjoyed listening to this episode of the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast, you can listen to our other episodes on your favourite streaming platforms with the buttons above. All of our episodes are also available to listen to on our website here. To find out more about what Alan and Sam do, visit the abuse page.
The First Annual Hugh James National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse, Prevention and Support on 25 January
HJ Talks about abuse
On 25 January we held our first Hugh James National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse, Prevention and Support in association with NSPCC Cymru/Wales. The conference was aimed at professionals and organisations that are involved in preventing, addressing and prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) cases. Through a series of talks from an industry leading ensemble of speakers including an MP and a Welsh AM, the conference sought to strengthen the approach to CSA, to prevent it from happening in the first place and to better support victims. The panel discussion in the afternoon debated the question: ‘Should child sexual abuse be addressed using a public health approach?’ In this episode, Partner Alan Collins and I present a roundup of the day for those of you who could not make it. Hopefully, it will encourage you to come to the next one! For more information on the services and events we offer visit our website.
In this eposide I interview two lawyers experienced in bringing civil cases against organisations who are vicariously liable for sexual abuse suffered by children. One of only three law firms in the country who have worked on behalf of victims of Jehovahs Witness child sexual abusers, Hugh James is a law firm with offices in London and Cardiff. Alan Collins and Samuel Barker have thoroughly researched the issues of Watchtower Society and understand the unique factors that make it hard for former members of Jehovah's Witnesses to disclose their abuse. They explain how Watchtower can be held liable in court for the child sexual abuse, and why bringing a civil case against the organisation is just as important as bringing a criminal case against the abuser. If you wish to talk to Alan or Samuel about a possible case they will travel to you, or meet you wherever you feel most able to talk comfortably. Hugh James website: https://www.hughjames.com/ Alan Collins can be reached here: https://www.hughjames.com/person/alan-collins-sexual-abuse-solicitor/ Samuel Barker can be reached here: https://www.hughjames.com/person/samuel-barker/ If you wish to be part of a submission to IICSA and have a specific greivance that you are willing to add in confidence to the submission please contact me via Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (DO NOT give me details of your submission, I will pass your name on to Samuel who put together the submission).
In today's episode I have a conversation with Hugh James MacNeil on photography and how the medium has changed over his lifetime. Hugh has been a photographer since the 1970's and has a rich history with the medium. We discuss the transition between the analog film world to digital, chasing perfect photos, and how art can feed your soul. Visit our website at sparetimepodcast.com Produced by Andrew Gallagher Music provided by Erich Hochstrasser Find Erich's music here and Hochstrasser Electronics here.