Professor Andrew Rowland gave a lecture at a special event at Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace of Blenheim Palace, hosted by the Duke of Marlborough’s sister (Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill) on Wednesday 27th May 2015, to mark the 50th anniversary of his living legacy – The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT), and 50 years since his death.
Members of the Churchill family, including Sir Winston’s grandson Jeremy Soames, and his great-grandson, Randolph, were also present; as well as many of the Trustees and Advisory Council from the WCMT.
The special day was rounded off with a spectacular Spitfire Display, followed by Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill and Randolph Churchill taking the salute at a Beating Retreat given by a marching band.
Andrew is Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in Manchester, Honorary Professor at the University of Salford, and a Churchill Fellow (2014).
Professor Rowland said, “Being invited to lecture at this special event hosted by Lady Spencer-Churchill was a real honour.
“My report is aimed at improving the protection of children in the UK and beyond and my lecture was a good opportunity for us all to remember that it is communities that are best able to protect children from exploitation and other forms of abuse. We can all do more to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.
“Children are the future of our global society and that society will only prosper in the future if the children of today are better protected. Every child should have every chance of good health, every chance of happiness and every chance of protection from harm.
“As Sir Winston Churchill, himself, said, ‘what is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?’
“That is the challenge that I set to you – what is it that you will do to better protect children and young people in the future?”
Since 1965, over 5000 British citizens have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100 000 applicants, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest. The knowledge and innovative ideas they bring back are shared, for the benefit of their profession, their community, and, in lots of cases, the nation.
For many people, a Churchill Fellowship proves transformational, and they go on to achieve great things – effecting positive change within society.
Andrew’s Fellowship Report (Living on a Railway Line) was launched by the University of Salford at an event at MediaCityUK on 20th October 2014 in advance of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. A quarter of a century later, Andrew believes that there are still laws policies and procedures in the UK and internationally which fall way short of properly protecting children.
Andrew’s Fellowship journey took him to Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Cambodia. It was whilst undertaking a mobile health clinic beside a railway line in Sihanoukville, Cambodia that he was inspired to give his report the title Living on a Railway Line. He flew 35 043 miles, spent 10 weeks away from home, and visited nine cities in five different countries – meeting an outstanding group of enthusiastic and dedicated child protection specialists from around the world.
His report contains ten key recommendations for the UK designed to build strong and healthy communities with children at their hearts. Themes that are covered in his report include better training to recognise and respond to cases of potential child sexual exploitation, the need to prohibit physical punishment of children, advocating on behalf of children and young people and mandatory reporting of child abuse.
Andrew’s recommendations surrounding professional education about child abuse and neglect have already resulted in an event, co-hosted by Andrew and a Member of Parliament, aimed at empowering practice and inspiring innovation amongst front-line practitioners which he hopes will result in better identification of children at risk of child sexual exploitation.
Earlier this year Andrew also announced the launch of a new three-year Global Partnership to help vulnerable children living on and around the beaches and streets of Southern Cambodia.
The main goals of the partnership are to share clinical expertise as well as knowledge of child protection, and child health, issues between the partnership organisations so that all three can develop and learn new skills from one another.
At the event, Andrew indicated that later this year he will be formally launching a new charity: SicKids aimed at promoting the Human Rights and advocacy of children and young people both in Manchester as well as Southern Cambodia.
Jamie Balfour, Director General of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said, “It is fitting to hold our 50th anniversary event at Blenheim Palace, and to come together with hundreds of Fellows from across the past five decades, to celebrate the life of this great leader. Sir Winston’s legacy lives on through our Fellows – individuals who, like him, have vision, leadership, a passion with a purpose, and a commitment to help their fellow citizens.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Since 1965, over 5000 British citizens have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest. The knowledge and innovative ideas they bring back are widely shared, for the benefit of their profession, their community, and, in lots of cases, the nation. For many people a Churchill Fellowship proves transformational, and they go on to achieve great things – effecting positive change within society.
To mark its half century, The Trust has awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships in 2015 – investing over £1.3m in British citizens. This year’s Fellows will travel to 58 countries between them, across six continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of a Fellowship is 6 weeks.
Many events are being held throughout the year to celebrate Sir Winston’s life and legacy.
For further information please contact:
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust on 0207 799 1660
‘Churchill 2015’ is a unique international celebration of the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, fifty years after his death. Churchill-related activity will take place around the world to commemorate his achievements, to highlight his vibrant existing legacy, to promote a range of educational opportunities and to bring his life and work to new audiences. Churchill 2015 follows three main themes:
Commemoration, to mark this important anniversary appropriately;
Education, to engage and inspire future generations; and
Legacy, to highlight, develop and enhance the existing work of Churchill organisations in delivering programmes focusing on leadership, debate and public speaking.
Churchill 2015 is being led by an alliance of those charities and institutions with an interest in the life or legacy of Sir Winston. For a list of partners and planned activity see www.churchillcentral.com.
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