Lorraine Radford

Prof. Lorraine Radford


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 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.

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; effective prevention and responses to domestic and sexual abuse


  • 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

Current funded research

  • A Review of the Evidence on the Roots of Domestic Violence in Early Childhood and Effective Prevention Responses with Fathers, funded by the NSPCC, with Dr Helen Richardson Foster (UCLAN) and Professor John Devaney (Edinburgh).
  • Safe Lives/ Women’s Aid Road Map evaluation of domestic violence services, funded by Big Lottery Fund, with Professor Nicky Stanley (PI), Dr Christine Barter, Dr Khatidja Chantler, Dr Rachel Robbins.
  • Step Up - Building the Evidence Base for Early Intervention Responses for Children Living With Domestic Abuse, Early Intervention Foundation What Works Research Initiative, funded by the ESRC


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

More publications



  • 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.




  • Evaluation of early intervention services for children exposed to domestic violence in Lancashire, for Lancashire County Council 





  • 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.


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.