Experience

Below are a few examples of the types of commissions I undertake. If you would like further examples or more detailed information about my work, please contact me. 

 

Local Safeguarding Children Boards – I conduct audits for LSCBs on issues such as domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and parental mental health, child sexual exploitation, multi-agency working, and s.11 compliance. I examine how professionals and services work together to safeguard children. I highlight good practice, identify potential gaps in services and make recommendations to set out a clear way forward. I give presentations to LSCBs and multi-agency audiences on child abuse linked to spirit possession or jinns. I have undertaken training on conducting serious case reviews (SCRs) and am currently undertaking a SCR for Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Community Safety Partnerships – I conduct domestic homicide reviews (DHRs) and am a member of Birmingham Domestic Homicide Review pool of independent chairs and authors. I also conduct research and evaluations for CSPs and women’s organisations on domestic abuse including reviewing repeat incidents, and evaluating specific programmes for victims and perpetrators.

I was commissioned by the NSPCC to research and design a practice model, and write an accompanying manual to help practitioners working specifically with South Asian children and families.

Forced Marriage Unit (a joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office Unit) – I was asked to lead a project to research and develop guidelines for police handling cases of forced marriage.  I worked across a range of local and national organisations to identify good practice. Since the initial project, I have developed parallel guidance for social workers, teachers and health practitioners.  In 2009 I drew all the information together in the publication, “Multi-agency practice guidelines: Handling Cases of Forced Marriage“.

I was asked by the Forced Marriage Unit in 2011 to undertake a national review of the implementation of the statutory guidance on forced marriage.  

Department for Education – following the death of Victoria Climbié, I was commissioned to investigate the scale and extent of child abuse linked to a belief in “spirit possession”. This required desk research to understand the extent of the belief in “possession” across a range of cultures and faiths. I interviewed police, social care services, non-governmental organisations, teachers and health professionals to identify cases and determine common features. My recommendations to the Children’s Minister were accepted.

Hestia Housing – I was commissioned to identify specific difficulties faced by victims of domestic abuse. Hestia used the report to influence local and national government to address these issues. 

I have undertaken research for non-governmental organisations (such as Amnesty International and ECPAT UK) on “voodoo and ritual oaths”, and human trafficking

I have developed and delivered training for the Forced Marriage Unit. I have worked with the National School of Government to deliver training to civil servants on the “Working with Ministers Briefing Skills” course. I regularly give presentations at conferences to multi-agency audiences on forced marriage, and child abuse linked to accusations of spirit possession or jinns.

 

 

 

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