Camille Warrington

Senior Research Fellow: Children and Young People’s Participation, The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking

Camille Warrington

I am an applied social researcher with a particular interest in participatory research practice, creative and inclusive methodologies and service user involvement. 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.

Recent research areas include a participatory study of young people’s experiences of criminal justice processes in child sexual exploitation cases (Beckett and Warrington 2014); research on children and unreported crime (Beckett and Warrington 2013) and an evaluation of AVA’s programme to involve young people in efforts to prevent sexual violence (Warrington and Thomas, forthcoming). In June 2013 I completed a doctorate exploring service user’s involvement in decision making about their care in relation to child sexual exploitation.

My work has involved developing a range of creative, participatory projects seeking to further meaningful dialogue between young people, policy makers and researchers. Examples of this work include a series of four films on gang-associated sexual violence devised by groups of young people and related dissemination events; the Be Healthy Project training specialist young health advocates and What Works for Usa national network of CSE affected service users. Camille is a qualified and experienced youth worker and has worked 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 (An Ethnography of Youth Homelessness) - The Queen's University of Bedfordshire
  • MA Youth and Community and Applied Anthropology – Goldsmiths College
  • MA (Hons) Politics and Film and Television - Glasgow University

Teaching Role

  • Postgraduate and undergraduate supervision
  • Part of teaching team for Professional Doctorate in Leadership in Children and Young People's Services and Masters modules on Child Sexual Exploitation; Conceptual Frameworks and Methodologies

Research Interests

  • Child sexual exploitation and sexual violence
  • Criminal justice responses to sexual violence and abuse
  • Children’s involvement in decision-making about professional support
  • Looked after children
  • Gypsy and Traveller Children
  • Youth participation and empowerment
  • Ethical approaches to researching sensitive issues
  • Use of creative and participatory research methodologies

Recent/Ongoing Research Projects

  • Children’s experiences of help-seeking and support after sexual abuse in the family network
  • Police responses to child/adolescent vulnerability
  • Victims' experiences of CSE criminal justice processes
  • Evaluating involvement of young people in efforts to prevent domestic and sexual violence
  • Sexually exploited young people’s experiences of decision-making about care
  • Gang-associated sexual violence and exploitation
  • Lives and experiences of Gypsy and Traveller children in Cambridgeshire

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

  • Member of Institute of Applied Social Research Ethics Committee
  • Member of Eurochild Participatory Group
  • Advisory council member of Association of Young People’s Health
  • Member of various research advisory groups and policy advisory bodies

Recent Presentations/Speaking Engagements

  • Keynote speaker Swindon LSCB Annual Conference. Nov 2015
  • Young people, sexual violence, participation and ethics symposium, Cumberland Lodge, Sept 2015
  • Child Witnesses – Trauma and Trial:The Advocates Gateway International Conference. June 2015
  • Making Research Count Seminar on Doctoral research, Kings College, London, June 2015
  • Roundtable on Participatory Methodologies with vulnerable young people. Southampton University June 2015
  • Keynote speaker Havering LSCB Annual Conference, May 2015
  • Making Research Count York, May 2015
  • Keynote speaker National Working Group Annual Conference, Nottingham, March 2015
  • Keynote speaker Link to Change Conference, Cambridgeshire February 2015
  • Tilda Goldberg Annual Lecture, Luton February 2015
  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Victims and Witnesses of Crime, Dec 2014
  • SafeCIC Annual Safeguarding Conference Oct 2014
  • International Centre Conference. London, July 2014
  • IPSCAN Conference, Dublin, September 2013
  • Children’s agency - problem or resource? Making the links between children’s participation and protection rights, CAUX: Children as Actors Transforming Society Conference, Geneva, July 2013
  • Institute of Applied Social Research, Showcase Lecture Series, University of Bedfordshire 5 June 2013
  • British Psychological Society Seminar on child sexual exploitation, CEOP, London, 28 May 2013

Recent Publications

  • Beckett, Warrington, Ackerley and Allnock (2016 forthcoming) Children’s Voices : Children and young people’s perspectives on the police’s role in safeguarding. London. HMIC
  • 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: The University of Bedfordshire
  • Warrington and Shuker (2015) Internal stakeholder review of the Children’s Society child sexual exploitation services. London. The Children’s Society [Internal Report]
  • Beckett, H. and Warrington, C. (2014) Suffering in silence: Children and unreported crime, Victim Support. London: Victim Support
  • 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
  • Beckett, H. et al (2013) ‘It’s wrong….but you get used to it’ Qualitative Research into Gang-associated Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence. Luton: University of Bedfordshire
  • Beckett, H. et al (2012) Research into Gang-associated Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence: Interim Report Luton: University of Bedfordshire (also published on OCC website;
  • Warrington, C (2008) What Works for Us: Annual Report. NWG/ Barnardo's and ECPAT
  • Jago, S. with Arocha, L., Brodie, I., Melrose, M. Pearce, J. and Warrington, C. (2011) What’s going on to safeguard children and young people from sexual exploitation. Luton: University of Bedfordshire
  • Brodie, I., with Melrose, M., Pearce, J. and Warrington, C. (2011) Providing Safe and Supported Accommodation for Young People who are in the Care System and who are at Risk of, or Experiencing, Sexual Exploitation or Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation. Luton: NSPCC/ University of Bedfordshire.
  • Warrington, C. (2010) ‘From less harm to more good: the role of children and young people’s participation in relation to sexual exploitation’ in Youth and Policy, Vol 104 pp 62- 79
  • Child, C., Clay, D., Das, J. and Warrington, C. (2008) Caring in a Crisis: The contribution of social care to emergency response and recovery SCIE Knowledge Review 19 (SCIE: July 2008)
  • Warrington, C. (2006) Children’s voices: changing futures: the views and experiences of young Gypsies and Travellers. Ipswich: Ormiston Children and Families Trust.

Selected Participation Projects

  • I define me; Just a Link Misunderstood; Love, Sex. Conflict: Four films about gang associated sexual exploitation. 2013. Luton. University of Bedfordshire (available at:
  • AYPH Be Healthy: DVD and Booklet. 2013. London AYPH (available at:
  • In a New Light’ Photographs and words from the Having our Say Project 2008. London. NWG/ Photovoice: available here - PDF 6.1 MB
  • What Works for Us: Annual Report 2012. Luton. University of Bedfordshire/ Barnardo's/ ECPAT/ NWG

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