My research with and for young people is applied. That is, wherever possible I work in partnership with service agencies and young people to identify the research questions and produce outcomes designed to impact on policy and practice.
Most of my work has focused on research with and for sexually exploited and trafficked young people. More recently this includes working with colleagues to develop research with young people in gang affected neighbourhoods (see ‘staff profile of Dr. Margaret Melrose and Professor John Pitts for more detail) and those ‘looked after’ by local authorities (see staff profile Dr Isabelle Brodie, University of Bedfordshire).
I have worked with colleagues on the production of materials for young people (see ‘staff profile of Camille Warrington, University of Bedfordshire for more details).
This has included : ‘Out of the box’ and ‘In a new light : photographs and words from the Having our say project’ These publications are available through the National working group for sexually exploited children and young people (www.nationalworkinggroup.co.uk) and photo voice, www.photovoice.org)
This research was conducted by researchers at the University of Bedfordshire and the NSPCC, jointly managed by the University of Bedfordshire and the NSPCC, and principally funded through The Children’s Charity. A team of four researchers worked over...read more
It's Someone taking a part of you: The Choice and Opportunity Project exploring child care interventions with sexually exploited children and young people.
This research, findings of which h are available through the link http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/choice-and-opportunity-project-young-women-and-sexual-exploitation was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to identify case studies of children and young people who had been sexually exploited . The aim was to look at...read more
This research project has explored the extent and nature of the response of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to the 2009 government guidance on safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation. Where the guidance is followed, there are examples...read more
This research, funded by The Office of The Children’s Commissioner for England, aims to address
the following questions
• What is the scale and extent of gang-associated child sexual exploitation?
• What are the main...read more