Living on a Railway Line: Turning the tide of child abuse and exploitation in the UK and overseas.
A Fellowship for Life:
The award of a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 has been one of the major highlights of my professional career so far. Being given the freedom and support to pursue a plan I had to introduce changes to better protect vulnerable children at risk of abuse and neglect has given me much greater self-confidence to say what I believe in.
Putting together a comprehensive report backed up with international evidence will, I strongly believe, help to turn the tide of child abuse and neglect in the UK and beyond. The Fellowship award from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has opened doors I did not even know existed and has resulted in the launch of new projects which, I hope, will make our world, full of danger as well as opportunities, a better place for children to live in, wherever they come from and wherever they live.
I’ve met inspirational people from around the globe who have filled me with enthusiasm to make a real difference to children, no matter how small or large that difference might be, and I’ve developed the professional skills to push forward children’s advocacy at every possible opportunity.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and each year the Trust goes from strength to strength – this year aiming to award a record 150 Fellowships to commemorate the life and work of Sir Winston Churchill.
If you are in any doubt at all about applying for a Fellowship you need hesitate no longer. The incredibly dedicated and professional team at The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will help you to make your project dreams a reality, and I am totally confident that you will have the most wonderfully fulfilling professional experience that you could ever wish for. It really is a Fellowship for Life.
What are you waiting for? Apply – you only have a few months left to plan your idea!
If you’d have asked me eighteen months ago whether I thought that over the last year I would have flown 35043 miles, spent 10 weeks away from home, visited nine different cities in five different countries and met an outstanding group of enthusiastic, dedicated child protection and paediatric emergency medicine specialists from around the world, I’d have thought you were in some kind of dreamland. But, it happened.
On a Fellowship journey that took me to Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Cambodia it was spending time undertaking a mobile health clinic beside a railway line in Sihanoukville, Cambodia that inspired the name of my report, Living on a Railway Line.
Despite my report having only been published for a matter of just a few months I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response and support that I have received. Living on a Railway Line is a comprehensive publication making ten 10 key recommendations and 25 enabling recommendations for the UK with seven associated international recommendations.
Little did I know when I planned my Fellowship travels that I would be launching a report making recommendations for legislative change to better protect children from abuse and that these recommendations will be fed into a government consultation on Mandatory Reporting of abuse that was announced just a week after my report was finalised.
My recommendations surrounding professional educational about child abuse and neglect have resulted in an event, to be co-hosted by me and a Member of Parliament (MP), aimed at empowering front-line practitioners to make a small change in their own practice, the collective amalgamation of which we hope will result in better identification of children at risk of child sexual exploitation.
My highlighting of the importance of advocating on behalf of children will result in the piloting of a child abuse awareness week and has enabled me to promote empowering children to be involved in the design and development of services locally, nationally and internationally.
Being made a Churchill Fellow is one of the most fantastic things that has happened in my entire career so far and I’m confident that the enthusiastic and warm reception that my report has had will result in many more opportunities to make, as Sir Winston Churchill himself said, “…this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone”.
How to find out more:
Follow me on Twitter: @drandrewrowland
Read about work at Salford University
Read the Press Release
Download the Full Report
Download the Executive Summary