BBC’s Children In Need and Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day set to broadcast live from Salford from 2021

This exciting move marks the beginning of a new chapter for these cherished TV landmarks.” — Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor, BBC

BBC One and BBC Studios are delighted to announce that Salford will be the new home for the BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief nights of TV.

These special events, broadcast live on BBC One and made by BBC Studios Entertainment Productions, are two of the biggest nights in the BBC’s calendar, bringing viewers jam-packed evenings of entertainment with exciting line-ups of familiar faces coming together to help raise money for BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day.

BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity that exists to change the lives of children and young people across the UK and Comic Relief is a major UK charity with a vision of a just world, free from poverty, with both of these charity appeals culminating in a live TV broadcast on BBC One. The move of these major shows to Salford will also further enhance the BBC’s commitment to the nations and regions, as outlined in the proposals set out by the Director General in the BBC’s blueprint for the future entitled The BBC Across the UK https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/across-the-uk

Beginning in November with BBC Children in Need, now in its 41st year, the live show will come from the biggest multi-camera purpose built TV studio in the UK, making it the perfect place to broadcast a night of unmissable entertainment, fun and fundraising. Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day broadcast will also come from Salford where the Sport Relief show has broadcast from for several years.

Salford is already home to some of the biggest and best known programmes and radio stations from the BBC including A Question of Sport, North West Tonight, Dragons’ Den, BBC Radio 5 Live, Football Focus, Match of the Day, BBC Radio Manchester, University Challenge, BBC Breakfast and Blue Peter, with BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day now also making Salford their new permanent production base and broadcast location.

Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor at the BBC says: “This exciting move marks the beginning of a new chapter for these cherished TV landmarks. Plans are already underway for November’s BBC Children in Need Night of TV which will bring the usual array of stars and surprises from its new home as people come together for BBC Children In Need.”

Suzy Lamb, Managing Director BBC Studios Entertainment says: “The fantastic production expertise we have in the North is second to none and it’s exciting to think we’re going to grow this skillset by making Salford the home of these two incredibly important titles. The team there cannot wait to get going and plan for what I know will be two truly memorable nights every year.”

Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive BBC Children in Need says: “We are hugely excited to be bringing the BBC Children in Need Appeal show to Pudsey HQ in Media City, Salford. The past year has left lasting effects on the lives of children and young people facing disadvantage and the 2021 Appeal show will be a chance for us to come together as a nation and demonstrate that we will always be here for the children and young people across the UK that need us most. There will be much laughter, joy and entertainment, but above all, there will an abundance of kindness and hope.”

Samir Patel, Chief Executive of Comic Relief added: “We can’t wait to film from Salford next March. The support we get from the public all around the country but particularly in the North is simply outstanding. To get back in a live studio with a full crew and studio audience at our new ‘home’ will be a treat – roll on next March!”

More exciting details about this year’s BBC Children in Need campaign will be announced in due course, with the next night of TV taking place on Friday 19 November 2021.

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About BBC Studios Productions:

BBC Studios Productions was the UK’s most commissioned creator of new content in the last financial year, producing for a broad range of broadcasters and services including Apple, Netflix, NBC Universal, Discovery, Channel 4 and Sky as well as the BBC. Despite the challenges of Covid, BBC Studios Productions created 1352 hours of content and 232 titles in the last financial year, setting the standards for Covid-safe productions. Recent creative successes include 5 BAFTA award wins for Springwatch, Inside No. 9, This Country and Casualty and The Surgeon’s Cut (the latter produced for Netflix), an Emmy nomination for The Year Earth Changed (produced for Apple) and critical acclaim for Time and A Life in Ten Pictures (produced for BBC One and BBC Two).

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About BBC Children in Need:

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. The charity will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,500 local charities and projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

Further information on BBC Children in Need can be found at bbcchildreninneed.co.uk

About Comic Relief

Comic Relief raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives. Through humour and stories of hope, we’ve shown that people can make a massive difference. We fund hundreds of amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or who have been forced to flee their homes, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.

For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please www.comicrelief.com

Comic Relief, which is the operating name of Charity Projects, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

Hong Kong – LCQ22: Protecting children from being abused

LCQ22: Protecting children from being abused

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     Following is a question by the Hon Elizabeth Quat and a written reply by the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong, in the Legislative Council today (June 16):

Question:

     Between 2006 and 2015, there were six cases on average each year in which children died of assault. The number of new cases of child abuse has risen persistently in recent years, which can be seen by the fact that the number in 1999 rose by 75 per cent to more than 1 000 in 2019. There are views that the current number of reported cases of child abuse may just be the tip of the iceberg, as reporting of suspected child abuse cases is made only on a voluntary basis. On the other hand, a sub-committee of the Law Reform Commission has recommended the introduction of a new criminal offence, namely “failure to protect a child or vulnerable person where the child’s or vulnerable person’s death or serious harm results from an unlawful act or neglect” (the new offence). In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(1) As the Government indicated earlier on that it was preparing to explore the possibilities of enacting legislation on the proposed new offence, of the progress and outcome of the exploratory work, including whether it will enact such legislation; if so, of the timetable, and the new measures, before the commencement of such legislation, to step up protection for children of at-risk families from being abused;

(2) Given that about 70 jurisdictions around the world have put in place a mechanism for mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse cases and the Office of The Ombudsman, Hong Kong recommended in 2019 that the Government explore the feasibility of such mechanism, whether the Government will expeditiously launch public consultation on the establishment of such mechanism, and actively consider establishing such mechanism; if so, of the details and timetable; if not, the reasons for that; and

(3) As there are views that there is no provision in the existing legislation against acts of psychological/mental abuse of children, whether the Government will, by drawing reference from overseas practices, enact relevant legislation, so that persons who abuse children psychologically/mentally will be held criminally liable; if so, of the details; if not, the reasons for that?

Reply:

President,

     The Government attaches great importance to the well-being of children. At present, there are many pieces of legislation in place that protect children from harm and abuse. They include the Offences against the Person Ordinance (Cap. 212), the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200), the Prevention of Child Pornography Ordinance (Cap. 579) and the Protection of Children and Juveniles Ordinance (Cap. 213). In addition, for the prevention, early identification and appropriate intervention of cases of children suspected or found to be abused, the Government has implemented a number of measures in recent years, including strengthening social work services at pre-primary institutions as well as primary and secondary schools; issuing guidelines to schools to implement a reporting mechanism for non-attendance cases, and requesting schools to pay more attention to students’ conditions; and providing guidelines for use by relevant professionals including social workers, teachers, healthcare personnel and the Police with a view to enhancing inter-disciplinary co-operation.

     In consultation with the Education Bureau (EDB) and the Security Bureau, my reply to various parts of the Member’s question is as follows:

(1) and (2) In May 2019, the Law Reform Commission (LRC) published a consultation paper which proposed to impose criminal liabilities on parents, carers and others when children or vulnerable adults die or are seriously harmed as a result of abuse or neglect while in their care. Under the proposed offence, the person who has a duty of care would have a duty to protect. Such duty would also include the duty to report, which is widely discussed in the community recently. The LRC’s consultation paper set out the information of other jurisdictions on duty to report including the pros and cons of mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse cases. In addition, in October 2019, the Office of The Ombudsman published its direct investigation report on “Mechanism for Identifying and Reporting Suspected Child Abuse Cases”. One of the recommendations made was that the Government should explore the feasibility of mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse cases. However, the report also pointed out that whether such a mechanism should be established was a complex issue involving a number of stakeholders, and it would be imperative to conduct thorough and extensive discussions, studies and consultations and foster a broad consensus in the community before such a mechanism could be implemented. The Government is exploring the possibilities of legislation on mandatory reporting as well as relevant mechanism and arrangements with reference to the final report to be published by the LRC.

     In fact, the Government has implemented in recent years a number of measures to protect children from maltreatment, including:

(a) Since the 2018/19 school year, the Social Welfare Department (SWD) has strengthened the provision of social work services at schools for early identification of children in need by providing in phases social work services for more than 700 aided child care centres (CCCs), kindergartens (KGs) and KG-cum-CCCs across the territory, covering a total of some 150 000 school children and their families;

(b) Since the 2018/19 school year, the EDB has implemented the policy of “one school social worker for each school” in public sector primary schools. Schools may, having regard to their own circumstances, employ at least one school-based registered graduate social worker with professional qualifications to further enhance the overall quality of guidance services;

(c) Since the 2019-20 school year, the SWD has deployed additional resources to strengthen school social work manpower at secondary schools and increase the number of school social workers to two for each secondary school and enhance supervisory support;

(d) The EDB has required KGs as well as primary and secondary schools to report students’ non-attendance to the EDB on the seventh day of the student’s continuous absence regardless of the reasons. For suspected child abuse cases, even if the students concerned have not been absent or have taken less than seven consecutive days of absence, schools should take action as early as possible according to the EDB’s circulars/guidelines and report to the EDB as appropriate;

(e) The EDB, the SWD and the Hong Kong Police Force have jointly organised annual briefings and seminars to step up training for school personnel on identification of child abuse victims. Elements or themes relevant to identification of child abuse victims have also been incorporated into training courses for school guidance personnel with a view to enhancing the capability and skills of school personnel holding different positions in handling child abuse cases;

(f) In April 2020, the SWD, in collaboration with relevant government departments, non-governmental organisations and professionals, implemented the “Protecting Children from Maltreatment – Procedural Guide for Multi-disciplinary Co-operation”, which sets out clear procedures for identification, reporting, immediate protection actions and follow-up of suspected child abuse cases, for use by relevant professionals including social workers, teachers, healthcare personnel and the Police; and

(g) In 2019-20, the SWD launched a video that aims to help the public understand the impact of family conflict on child development and promote co-parenting amongst separated or divorced parents for the best interests of their children. In 2020-21, the message that “child abuse is a crime” was also widely promoted.

(3) At present, the Police may invoke section 27 of the Offences against the Person Ordinance on “Ill-treatment or neglect by those in charge of child or young person” to handle any ill-treatment including bullying and intimidation. The provision stipulates that any person over the age of 16 years who has the custody, charge or care of any child or young person under that age who wilfully assaults, ill-treats, neglects, abandons or exposes such child or young person causing such a child or young person unnecessary suffering or injury to his health (including any mental derangement) shall be guilty of a criminal offence. Furthermore, the Protection of Children and Juveniles Ordinance empowers the court to grant a supervision order or appoint a legal guardian in respect of a child or juvenile who is in need of care or protection. The Government has no plan to amend section 27 of the Offences against the Person Ordinance regarding psychological abuse at this stage.

Lend a Helping Hand with the Feed the Children Organization

  • The children of the world are in need and organizations like Feed the Children are taking the appropriate steps to help bring change.

Oklahoma City, OK, 5 June 2021, ZEXPRWIRE, Now more than ever, individuals should consider giving back to their communities and helping others. Lending a hand to a neighbor shows that the world can unify and boost morale through offerings of love. COVID-19 has been hard on everybody and has raised awareness about the hunger that many families face during these times of economic hardship. Although the world is beginning to come to a new type of normal, plenty of children are still going without food regularly. Feed the Children is an organization that helps provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials.

Feed the Children’s mission is simple in theory but requires the help of many to combat childhood starvation across the world. According to the Feed the Children website, they “manage child focused community development programs that focus on reducing hunger and malnutrition, teaching health and promoting self-reliance and nine countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.” This organization gladly accepts assistance from nearly anyone who is willing to help. They recognize that this battle against hunger is not one that can be done alone. They seek to connect with donors, partners, experts, volunteers, leaders, and communities. The organization is encouraging these leaders to lend their time, money, resources, and knowledge to continue raising awareness about childhood starvation and hunger.

To continue spreading awareness, Feed the Children also aims to inform about many of the natural disasters that directly impact the food supply and resources for families. On the organization’s website, aspirants will see ways to help send resources to those in need and also be informed on how certain disasters specifically and directly affect many families, and ultimately, their children.

Feed the Children has positively touched the lives of nearly 6,000,000 children and families in just the United States alone. With the help of volunteers and other collaborators, Feed the Children can continue to be a light at the end of the tunnel for more families and children that struggle with meal and food uncertainty. If you would like to be part of the solution, visit https://www.feedthechildren.org/ and get involved today. The website is easy to navigate and allows complete accessibility to make a monetary donation, sign up to sponsor a child, or volunteer your time. Make an impact in the life of a small child and family by donating today.