A Childhood on Fire – breaking the cycle of childhood trauma

Watch this short documentary featured by the Guardian: When Nick Hurndon was six years old he and his two older brothers were set on fire by their stepfather in their San Francisco home. Now in his early forties, Nick is a retired Marine and is raising two sons that are about the same age he was when he was set ablaze. This is a film about childhood trauma and the effects that abuse had on his sen... Read more

All in the Family: a Collaborative IAC Opinion Editorial

The recent passing of the Employment [Maternity Leave Extension and Paternity Leave] Amendment Act is to be celebrated. This reflects recognition that the first few months of a child’s life are critical to attachment and bonding in families. The Employment Act changes, due to take effect in January, make provision for 13 weeks of paid maternity leave and five days of paid paternity leave. Thi... Read more

Campaigners Call for Alternative Approach

Campaigners called yesterday for Bermuda to come together for the sake of its children after stories about trauma suffered by minors in care services. They insisted there must be greater consideration given to alternative options that would limit the number of young people sent to treatment centres overseas. Tiffanne Thomas, an independent social worker, said: “One story of allegations of ... Read more

Young sex offenders must address their behaviour

A coalition of social services agencies has called for restorative justice in cases where young people are convicted of sexual offences. The Inter-Agency Committee for Children and Families said people convicted of sexual offences, particularly those aged under 18, needed to understand the harm they caused their victims and help to tackle the causes of the behaviour to prevent further off... Read more

IAC echoes call for stronger child protection

The Inter-Agency Committee for Children and Families has backed a call by Bermuda’s top police officer to tighten up the law to better protect schoolchildren from sexual predators — even if the youngsters are over the age of consent. The IAC said in a statement that updated legislation to better protect vulnerable children was an “urgent necessity”. The statement from the c... Read more

CDC: Childhood Trauma Tied to Poor Health

PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCED trauma as children are more likely to suffer severe health consequences later in life, a new federal analysis shows. Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, refer to potentially traumatic events experienced or witnessed during childhood, like violence, substance misuse and mental health problems in the home. Though public health experts say these events are an ... Read more