Dr Camille Warrington
Senior Research Fellow: Children and Young People’s Participation, Safer Young Lives Research Centre
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.
- Professional Doctorate: “Helping me find my own way: Sexually exploited young people’s involvement in decision-making about their care” The University of Bedfordshire
- MA Youth and Community and Applied Anthropology – Goldsmiths College
- MA (Hons) Politics and Film and Television - Glasgow University
- 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
- 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
- Hill, N and Warrington, C (2021 forthcoming) ‘Nothing about me without me’, in Holmes, D (ed) Safeguarding Adolescents. London: Routledge
- Warrington C, Larkins C. (2019) Children at the centre of safety: challenging the false juxtaposition of protection and participation. Journal of Children’s Services. 14(3):133-142. doi:10.1108/JCS-09-2019-055
- Hamilton, CJ, Rodgers, A, Howard, K & Warrington, C (2019) ‘From the ground up: young research advisors’ perspectives on relationships between participation and protection’, Journal of Children’s Services, 14(3): pp. 228–234. doi:10.1108/JCS-07-2019-0037.
- Warrington C and Brodie, I (2017) ‘Developing participatory practice and culture in CSE services’ in Pearce and Beckett (eds) Understanding and Responding to Child Sexual Exploitation.
- Firmin, C., Warrington, C., & Pearce, J. (2016). Sexual Exploitation and its Impact on Developing Sexualities and Sexual Relationships: The Need for Contextual Social Work Interventions. British Journal of Social Work, 46(8), 2318–2337. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcw134
- Warrington, C. (2013) ‘Partners in care? Sexually exploited young people’s inclusion and exclusion from decision making about safeguarding.’ in Melrose, M. and Pearce, J. (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking. (pp. 110 – 124) Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan
- Warrington, C. (2010) ‘From less harm to more good: the role of children and young people’s participation in relation to sexual exploitation’. Youth and Policy, Vol 104 pp 62- 79
Reports and briefings
- Beckett, H. and Warrington, C. with Devlin, J (2019) 'Learning about online sexual harm'. London: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and Young people’s summary: [PDF]
- Bovarnick, S., Peace, D., Warrington, C., & Pearce, J. J. (2018). Being heard: promoting children and young people’s involvement in participatory research on sexual violence: findings from an international scoping review [PDF]. Luton: University of Bedfordshire
- Warrington C (2017) Young person-centred approaches in CSE - promoting participation and building self-efficacy: Frontline Briefing. Dartington: Research in Practice.
- Warrington, C, Ackerley, E, Beckett, H, Walker, M & Allnock, D (2016) Making Noise: Children’s voices for positive change after sexual abuse’ Luton: University of Bedfordshire/ Children’s Commissioner.
- Warrington, C. and Thomas, R. (2016) ‘The AVA project: empowering young people to address domestic and sexual violence: final evaluation report’ [PDF] London: AVA
- Beckett, H, Warrington, C, Ackerley, E & Allnock, D (2015) 'Children’s voices: children and young people’s perspectives on the police’s role in safeguarding: a report for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies [PDF]’ and Young people’s summary [PDF]
- Beckett, H. and Warrington, C. (2015) ‘Making justice work: experiences of criminal justice for children and young people affected by sexual exploitation as victims and witnesses’. Luton: University of Bedfordshire
- Beckett, H. and Warrington, C. (2014) ‘Suffering in silence: children and unreported crime’. London: University of Bedfordshire/ Victim Support
Participation project outputs
- Making Noise: Children’s Voices for positive change after sexual abuse: Film. 2016
- Children’s voices: children and young people’s perspectives on the police’s role in safeguarding
- I define me; Just a Link Misunderstood; Love, Sex. Conflict: Four films about gang associated sexual exploitation. 2013. Luton. University of Bedfordshire
- AYPH Be Healthy: DVD and Booklet. 2013. London AYPH
- 'In a New Light’ [PDF] Photographs and words from the Having our Say Project 2008. London. NWG/ Photovoice
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