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Researching Reform is a project improving policy and law for children in the UK and beyond. Our Voice of the Child Podcasts feature experts, families and campaigners talking about how politics, law and current affairs affect children.

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Researching Reform is a project improving policy and law for children in the UK and beyond. Our Voice of the Child Podcasts feature experts, families and campaigners talking about how politics, law and current affairs affect children.

    Moses Farrow Discusses His Adoption

    Moses Farrow Discusses His Adoption

    In this video podcast, Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, talks with child rights journalist Natasha Phillips about his childhood, how adoption has impacted his life including an attempted suicide, and why he believes the current practice is a form of human trafficking.

    The interview is part of the new “Dark Side of Adoption” podcast series, looking at the almost never-discussed effects of adoption on children. The video version of the interview can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5rkiOwhkf0

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Is UK Reporting on Adoption Biased? Dele Alli, the Rescue Narrative, and “Reunion P*rn"

    Is UK Reporting on Adoption Biased? Dele Alli, the Rescue Narrative, and “Reunion P*rn"

    In this Voice of the Child (VOTC) podcast, adoption activist Paul Brian Tovey talks about star footballer Dele Alli’s adoption claims, his complaint to the BBC for their reporting of the story, and his conversation on X with Radio 5 journalist and adoptee Nicky Campbell, whose programme about Dele and adoption caused a stir among adult adoptees on social media. 

    Paul also talks about “reunion p*rn”, why many adoptees dislike the rescue narrative found in adoption, and his own campaign helping adoptees abused in childhood to heal. 

    Speaking to VOTC, Paul said, “My worry about the media is that they’re mirroring the self repression that has been wished upon some adoptees. The adoptees that want to speak out who’ve had wonderful lives they’re just going to come out with it, but the ones that have a lot of pain - pain is very difficult to talk about.” 

    “We need to get our heads together in some ways that satisfy each other, so that we can get to some more of the information about the negative sides of adoption. Everyone else in life has the human right to walk away from a relationship that hasn’t been very good, and adoptees don’t. There’s something wrong there.”

    • 52 min
    The Best Interests of the Child Review - Meet the Team

    The Best Interests of the Child Review - Meet the Team

    Welcome to the Best Interests of the Child Review, the first parent-led review of children's social care in England and Wales.

    In our first podcast the team at BIC introduce themselves, and talk about why they decided to launch the review. They also explain what their first publication "Children and Their Families Have Rights" is about.

    • 10 min
    Should domestic abusers be allowed contact with their children?

    Should domestic abusers be allowed contact with their children?

    What happens when a domestically abusive parent asks for contact with their child following a separation or divorce in the family courts?

    And is the family court in its current form the best place to process child contact requests in cases where there are allegations of domestic abuse, or cases where one parent has already been convicted of at least one violent offence?

    The Voice of the Child speaks with campaigners Sammy Woodhouse and Victoria Hudson about a new campaign they've launched, which proposes some radical changes to the family justice system in England and Wales, and why forcing children to have contact with domestically abusive or violent partners is often harmful to them.

    • 36 min
    The World's First Corporal Punishment Case At The United Nations

    The World's First Corporal Punishment Case At The United Nations

    A young girl has lodged a case with the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) detailing the relentless corporal punishment and abuse she experienced at her school in Sri Lanka, when she was just 11 years old.

    The case, believed to be the first of its kind, has been accepted by the top UN body, and asks the court to protect all children in Sri Lanka from corporal punishment, and to put an end to conflicting legislation inside the country which has created a loophole allowing child assaults.

    Speaking to the Voice of the Child from London, Adriana Wickramanayaka Cutter, who is now 14, talked about the violence she experienced at an international school in Sri Lanka and how it led to a trauma diagnosis.

    Like many children at school in Sri Lanka, Adriana was subjected to repeated blows to the head, painful bouts of ear pulling and demands to kneel before male teachers in front of the class, as forms of discipline.

    Her brother Alex Wickramanayaka Cutter, 18, spoke about how his sister's treatment affected him, and what happened to him at school after his parents complained.

    Adriana and Alex's mother Dr Thushara Wickramanayaka -- who is the daughter of former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, and the founder of the Stop Child Cruelty Trust -- joined the call from Sri Lanka to explain how the law suit came about, and why it is needed to put at end to a culture of child assault inside the country.

    • 38 min
    Tuam Babies

    Tuam Babies

    In 2014, Alison O'Reilly broke a story about a mother and children's home in Tuam, Ireland, which had stored the remains of 796 children, in a septic tank. 

    The home had been operational from 1925 to 1961, and was part of a wider policy to 're-home' children born to unmarried mothers, who were considered by the state to be unable to care for their children.

    The story was reported on around the world. 

    Six years later, on July 27th, another report involving more than 1,000 children who had died, this time at Sean Ross Abbey, was published. 

    Alison talks to the Voice of the Child about the growing number of children who died in these homes, and how she came to break the story about the Tuam baby deaths.

    We also discuss whether the mass deaths could be classified as genocide, as more information emerges about how the children died.

    She also outlines what she thinks of the UK's care system today, why adoption and foster care policies need to change, and why she feels the voice of the child is still not at the forefront of social work.

    • 34 min

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