Lorraine Radford

Prof. Lorraine Radford

Emeritus Professor in Social Policy & Social Work

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA306

+44 (0) 1772 89 3831


Lorraine Radford is Emeritus Professor in Social Policy & Social Work. Her research specialism is the prevention of gender based violence, abuse and sexual exploitation towards women, children and young people. 

She is a founder member of the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm and of the Lancashire Research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change. 

Full Profile

Lorraine Radford retired from the University of Central Lancashire in 2019 and has been appointed Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Work, Care & Community.

Lorraine's research interests over her career within academia, government and non-governmental organisations include:

  • the epidemiological study of the prevalence and impact of violence against women and children;
  • the overlapping aspects of different types of violence and abuse;
  • domestic violence, children and parenting, particularly challenging mother blaming;
  • safe child contact arrangements;
  • gender, crime and violence;
  • effective prevention and responses to domestic violence and sexual abuse.

She is currently involved in research to inform the work of international programmes to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation, online and offline.


De Puy, J. Radford, L. Le Fort, V. & Romain-Glassey, N. (2019) Developing assessments for child exposure to intimate partner violence in Switzerland – A study of medico-legal reports in clinical settings, Journal of Family Violence, Special Edition Children and Domestic Violence, June

Radford, L. (2018) A review of international survey methodology on child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation, Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, Barnardos, Essex.

Radford, L. Richardson-Foster, H. Barter, C. & Stanley, N. (2017) Rapid Evidence Assessment: What can be learnt from other jurisdictions about preventing and responding to child sexual abuse Review for Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, London: IICSA

Radford, L. Barter, C. Dodd, S. Stanley, N. & Ahklaq, A. (2017) The abuse of children in care in Scotland : a research review for the Scottish Government Inquiry into Child Abuse Edinburgh : Scottish Government

Review of methods and measures used in self report prevalence studies of child sexual abuse and exploitation for Barnardos/Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, England.

Radford, L. (2017) ‘Child Abuse and Neglect : Prevalence and Incidence’ in Dixon, L. Perkins, D. Craig, L. & Hamilton-Gialchrist, C. (eds) What Works in Child Protection? Chichester : John Wiley & Sons

McCarry, M. Larkins, C. Berry, V. Radford, L & Stanley, N. (2017) The Potential for Co-production in Developing Violence against Women Services in Wales, Social Policy & Society, doi:10.1017/S1474746417000070

Radford, L. Lombard, N. Meinck, F. Katz, E. & Mahati, S. (2017) Researching violence with children: Experiences and lessons from the UK and South Africa, Families, Relationships & Societies

Radford, L. Allnock, D. & Hynes, P. (2015) Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation : Evidence Review New York : UNICEF

Radford, L. Allnock, D. & Hynes, P. (2015) Promising programmes to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and exploitation, New York : UNICEF https://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_58022.html

Radford, L & Hester, M. (2015) More than a mirage? Safe contact for children and young people who have been exposed to domestic violence, in Stanley, N. & Humphreys, C. (eds) Domestic Violence and Protecting Children: New Thinking and Approaches London : Jessica Kingsley.

Radford L. (2015) A content analysis of existing national strategies addressing violence against children in the EU: PIECES Policy Paper #1. Birmingham: European Child Safety Alliance

MacKay M and Radford L. (2015) Policy Investigation in Europe on Child Endangerment and Support: Executive Summary of the findings of the PIECES Project. Birmingham: European Child Safety Alliance 

Berry, V. Stanley, N. Radford, L McCarry, M, & Larkins, C. (2014) Building effective responses : An independent review of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence services in Wales, Welsh Govt Report and Summary Report, Cardiff: Government of Wales

Radford, L. Corral, S. Bradley, C. & Fisher, H. (2013) The prevalence and impact of child maltreatment and other types of victimization in the UK: Findings from a population survey of caregivers, children and young people and young adults Child Abuse and Neglect 37:10, 801-813.

Radford, L (2013) Child protection and confidentiality : surveying children’s experiences of violence, abuse and neglect in Graham, A.,Powell, M., Taylor, N., Anderson, D. & Fitzgerald, R. Ethical Research Involving Children. Florence: UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti : 156-159.

Allnock, D. Radford, L.Bunting, L. Price, A. Morgan-Klein, N. Elllis, J. & Stafford, A.  (2012) In demand : therapeutic services for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse Child Abuse Review DOI 10: 1002/car.1205

Radford, L. and J. Ellis (2012).Offering children confidentiality in research : what are the limits? Involving children and young people in health and social care research. J. Fleming and T. Boeck. London, Routledge: 118-126.

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

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 Trust www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform

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 Trust www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform

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 www.nspcc.org.uk/childstudy

Radford, L. & Hester, M. (2006) Mothering Through Domestic Violence London : Jessica Kingsley.

Radford, L. (2004) ‘Programmed or Licensed to Kill? The New Biology of Femicide’ in Rees, D. & Rose, S. (eds) The New Brain Sciences : Perils & Prospects,  Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, pp. 131-148

Radford, L. & Tsutsumi, K. (2004) ‘Globalisation and violence against women – inequalities in risks, responsibilities and blame in the UK and Japan’ Women’s Studies International Forum, pp 1-12 doi: 10.1016/j.wsif.2003.12.008

Radford L., Richardson, J. & Davies, L. (1998) Domestic Violence : A Health Care Issue? London : British Medical Association

Hester, M. Humphries, J. Qaiser, K. Radford, L. & Woodfield, K.(1994) 'Domestic Violence & Child Contact' in A. Mullender & R. Morley (eds) Children Living With Domestic Violence : Putting Men's Abuse of Women On The Child Care Agenda, London : Whiting & Birch, pp. 102-121

Radford, L. (1993) 'Pleading For Time : Justice For Battered Women Who Kill' in H. Birch (ed) Moving Targets, London : Virago, pp. 172-197