Dr Camille Warrington

Senior Research Fellow: Children and Young People’s Participation, Safer Young Lives Research Centre

Camille Warrington

I am an applied social researcher with a particular interest in participatory research practice, and young people’s involvement in decisions about safeguarding and care.

In recent years my work has focused on children with experiences of sexual violence in the UK and in particular their experiences of service responses including police, social care and third sector support.

I am particularly interested in how children’s decision-making informs or is marginalised from these processes and the implications for children’s safety.

I have an active interest in developing ethical approaches to researching sensitive issues and facilitating meaningful engagement of marginalised children and young people.

Current research projects include:

  • The Imagining Resistance project (AHRC) in partnership with University of Sussex: exploring the potential of creative arts-based research to enhance our understanding of resistance amongst young people affected by interpersonal, sexual violence and abuse.
  • Learning from the Experts (ESRC/ NSPCC) a participatory action research project focusing on supporting mental health and wellbeing after sexual abuse in adolescence.
  • Our Voices (Oak Foundation) an international programme of research promoting the involvement of children and young people affected by sexual violence in research, policy and practice.
  • I also oversee and support the centre’s Young Research Advisory Panel (YRAP).

Examples of past research include Making Noise a qualitative study of children affected by sexual abuse in the family network (Warrington et al., 2017); Making Justice Work: a participatory study of young people’s experiences of criminal justice processes in child sexual exploitation cases (Beckett and Warrington 2015); Research and collaboratively developed films on gang associated sexual violence and the Be Healthy Project

In June 2013 I completed a doctorate exploring service user’s involvement in decision making about their care in relation to child sexual exploitation.

Prior to joining the centre I worked as a qualified youth worker in a variety of voluntary and statutory sector projects both as a practitioner and researcher including leaving care teams, youth services, and provision for young Gypsy and Travellers.


Teaching Role

  • Postgraduate supervision including examination of doctoral students
  • Postgraduate and undergraduate teaching including on the Professional Doctorate in Leadership in Children and Young People's Services and Masters units on Child Sexual Exploitation; Conceptual Frameworks and Methodologies

Research Interests

  • Children’s rights and participation
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Criminal justice responses to children affected by violence and abuse
  • Children’s involvement in decision-making about professional support
  • Ethical approaches to researching sensitive issues
  • Use of creative and participatory research methodologies

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

  • Member of Research Institute Ethics Committee
  • Advisory council member of Association of Young People’s Health
  • Director of Abianda

Selected journal articles and book chapters

Reports and briefings

Participation project outputs

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