School of Social Work, Care and Community
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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 co-director of the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm and a founding member of the Lancashire Research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change.
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; effective prevention and responses to domestic and sexual abuse
Current funded research
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
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 Scottish Government : Edinburgh
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
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
Member of the Editorial Board of the APA publication the Psychology of Violence
Supervision of PhD and Masters students.