Eartha Kitt: Her Life and Music

Eartha Kitt- her life and music. Plus, tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of Asian girls in the UK; parents who blog about life with their teenage children - informative or intrusive?; and are commercial baby foods giving infants enough nutrition?

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The Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls and Young Women

A new report is published today by the Muslim Women’s Network which looks at the sexual exploitation of Asian girls in the UK. Unheard Voices: The Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls and Young Women, says this sort of abuse is widespread across the country and exists in all communities, but that young women from all Asian communities are particularly vulnerable. The questions of shame and honour make them even more reluctant to come forward, as with cases of domestic violence and forced marriage. The report claims that professional bodies are not adequately aware that these young people could be at threat from within their own communities. It suggests their findings are the tip of the iceberg and this situation needs serious funding, investigation and training put behind this nationwide problem. Jane is joined by Ratna Lachman, the Director of Just West Yorkshire - an organisation that campaigns on racial justice, human rights, and civil liberties; by Taylor Austin Little, a senior outreach worker with Isis - a Leeds based organisation supporting young people against sexual exploitation; and by Detective Superintendent Tim Bacon, lead for safeguarding children and child abuse investigations for West Midlands Police.

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MOSAC is a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. They provide advocacy, advice and information, befriending, counselling, play therapy and support groups following alleged child sexual abuse. Visit their website or call their national helpline on 0800 980 1958. 


Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
The CEOP Centre is the UK's national police agency set up to tackle child sexual abuse. If you are worried about someone's behaviour towards a child, online or offline, you can report this at You can get help, advice and support on all issues related to internet safety for young people by visiting


0800 1111
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online. You can also send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.


NSPCC Helpline
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline - 0808 800 5000
The NSPCC is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to stopping child abuse. You can call their child protection helpline or contact them via email at


Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) support the assessment and management of the most serious sexual and violent offenders.


The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) is the only UK-wide child protection charity committed solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. LFF’s staff work with all those affected by abuse including adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members.


The Home Office Disclosure Scheme
Keeping children safe: your right to ask for a police check
If you are worried about someone in your child’s life, you can get them checked by the police to see if they have a record of child sexual offences. Find out what you need to do to get someone checked.


NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. It is a registered charity providing support and information for people abused in childhood. 


Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace)
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) works alongside parents and carers whose children are or are at risk of being sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. They also offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family. They were formerly known as CROP. 


Rights of Women
Helping women through the law

Eartha Kitt – Singer, Actress, Dancer, and Cabaret Star

Eartha Kitt was born in 1927, in the South Carolina cotton fields. She never knew her parents, was raised by various aunts, but managed to find her way to New York and success. She joined the Katherine Dunham Company - America’s first all-black dance troupe – and went to London and became a solo night-club singer. Orson Welles cast her as Helen of Troy in his adaption of Faust, calling her, “the most exciting woman in the world.” She appeared in all-black Broadway plays such as Mrs Patterson, recorded hits such as Santa Baby and C’est Si Bon, and played Catwoman in Batman. Yet in 1950s America, racial discrimination was rife – so how did Eartha Kitt break through the colour barrier and succeed to international stardom? John Williams – author of the first biography on Eartha Kitt – joins us to discuss her life and career.


America’s Mistress – The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt by John L. Williams is published by Quercus on Thursday

Parents Blogging About Their Teenagers

Parents blogging about their teenagers is an emerging trend, as they turn to their older children for creative inspiration. Jane is joined by Mark Richards, who provides a humorous account of living with three teenagers in his blog Best Dad I Can Be, and by Izzie Anderton whose blog, The World According To Izzie, looks at driving lessons, universities, and teenage bedrooms. They explain why teenagers are such a good subject to write about, and how their kids react to playing starring roles in their writing.

Nutritional Value Of Commercial Baby Foods

A new report looks at the nutritional value of commercial baby foods in the UK. We discuss its findings with the co-author of the report, Charlotte Wright - Professor of Community Child Health at the University of Glasgow.


Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
Interviewed GuestRatna Lachman
Interviewed GuestTim Bacon
Interviewed GuestTaylor Austin Little
Interviewed GuestCharlotte Wright
ProducerLouise Corley

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