Committed to increasing understanding of, and improving responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation.
I am an action-oriented researcher, with over 20 years' experience of social research on children and young people's issues. I hold particular expertise in the fields of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and other forms of sexual violence in youth, and have a particular interest in exploring ethical means of researching sensitive issues and facilitating the meaningful engagement of marginalised children and young people in research.
I am committed to developing links between research and policy and practice discourse and, as such, regularly present on my subject of expertise and undertake media work around this. I also represent the University on a number of different advisory bodies and policy forums.
The University of Bedfordshire was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2013 for the International Centre's pioneering research into child sexual exploitation.
This prestigious prize is the highest form of national recognition open to higher and further education institutions in the UK.
Our Research Centre was recognised by Universities UK for our breakthrough contribution to research into CSE, improving safeguarding and protection of children.
The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking
University of Bedfordshire