Prof. Lorraine Radford

Professor of Social Policy and Social Work

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA306

+44 (0) 1772 89 3831

Lorraine joined the University in September 2012. She is research professor in social policy and social work, working on the prevention of all forms of violence, abuse, sexual exploitation and victimisation towards women, children and young people.

Lorraine is a member of the Children, Young People and Families Research Group. She is also a member of the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm.

Full Profile

Lorraine's previous experience includes work in: the voluntary sector (formerly she was Head of Research for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, NSPCC), government (she was research manager in the Department of Health/Home Office Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme), at Roehampton University London (where she worked as an academic for over 17 years).

Lorraine's research interests include the epidemiological study of the prevalence and impact of child maltreatment and other types of child victimisation; the overlapping aspects of abuse and different types of victimisation; domestic violence, children and parenting; safe child contact arrangements; gender and violence.

PhD Applied Social Studies, University of Bradford, 1988
MA Sociology and Law, Brunel University, 1983
BA (Hons) First Class, Sociology & Economics, City of London Polytechnic, 1981


Radford, L. (2012) Re-thinking children, violence and safeguarding. London : Continuum.

Radford, L. Aitken, R. Miller, P. Roberts, J. Ellis, J. and Firkic, A. (2011) Meeting the needs of children living with domestic violence in London London : NSPCC/Refuge/City Bridge.

Radford, L. Corral, S. Bradley, C. Fisher, H, Collishaw, S. Bassett, C. & Howat, N. (2011) Child Abuse and Neglect in the UK Today London : NSPCC.

More publications


Recently completed research projects


Who do you turn to? Follow up research with young adult survivors of maltreatment on what interventions and support, including informal and community support, was considered to be most helpful, funded by the Children’s Charity.


The Prevalence and Impact of Child Maltreatment and Victimisation in the United Kingdom, funded by British Home Stores , the Children’s Charity and the NSPCC.


Meeting the needs of children living with domestic violence in London, NSPCC research in partnership with Refuge, funded by the City Bridge Trust.


Mapping the availability of therapeutic services for sexually abused children in the UK, funded by the Private Equity Foundation.


Developing public service agreements for safeguarding children funded by the DFES.


Research Manager, Dept of Health/NIMHE/Home Office Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme. Lorraine contributed to three research projects – i. National Mapping of Voluntary Sector Sexual Violence Services (victims and perpetrators), ii. Delphi consultation with experts working with victims and perpetrators in cases of child sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, commercial sexual exploitation, iii. literature review on implications for health practitioners of domestic and sexual violence against adults and children.


Mapping and Evaluation of Domestic Violence Services in West Sussex, funded by West Sussex Community Safety Partnership.


The Way Forward Project : Domestic Violence and the Methodist Church, funded by the Southlands Methodist Centre.

External Activities

Lorraine has over 30 years of experience working within the voluntary sector on violence prevention issues and with a range of governmental and professional organisations developing training, policy and practice in the UK and overseas.


ISPCAN, member of Working Group on National Child Maltreatment Data Collection

BASPCAN member

Member of the Editorial Board of the APA publication the Psychology of Violence


Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Supervision of PhD and Masters students.