The project team
Role: Principal Investigator
Michelle Lefevre is Professor of Social Work at the University of Sussex and Director of CIRCY – the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth. Her research primarily focuses on professional practice with children, young people and families where there are issues of risk and harm, and it is rooted in her background as a child protection social worker and arts psychotherapist.
Role: Co-Investigator, leading the Trauma-Informed Practice strand, and providing thematic expertise on Contextual Safeguarding
Prof. Carlene Firmin is Professor of Social Work at Durham University. Since 2011 she has led the design and testing of Contextual Safeguarding as a theoretical and operational framework which could be used to draw attention to, and address, the social and cultural contexts in which extra-familial abuse occurs. She has overseen the integration of this framework into local children’s services departments and child protection guidance in England, Wales and Scotland, and is interested in the implications of Contextual Safeguarding for the ethics and legal frameworks underpinning social work practices globally. You can contact Carlene at:
Role: Research Fellow, Trauma-informed Practice strand
Dr Roni Eyal-Lubling is a social worker-sociologist whose research and practice are situated at the intersection of several bodies of knowledge – youth studies, feminist social work, poverty and social marginalization, labour market participation, and intergenerational relations. Roni has substantial research and practice experience with young adults at risk, particularly marginalized adolescent girls and young women, and she co-founded the Youth Studies Community under the Israeli Sociological Association.
Reima Ana Maglajlic
Role: Researcher, Trauma-informed Practice strand
Dr Reima Ana Maglajilc (known as Rea) trained originally as a social worker in Croatia, where she gained particular experience with refugees and displaced persons. She subsequently worked to support the development of the mental health system survivor movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has a particular interest currently in reform processes in health and social care (particularly in post-conflict societies), and in theorisations of mental health.
Role: Thematic expert for Transitional Safeguarding
Dr Susannah Bowyer is Assistant Director at Research in Practice, where she leads the children and families team on core delivery to the Partnership network, as well as a range of commissioned project activities. Susannah provides intel on emerging Transitional Safeguarding approaches and will support knowledge exchange on the project with the Research in Practice network as findings emerge.
Role: Innovation expertise
Julie has been a Senior Associate at The Innovation Unit since 2010. Previous to this Juile was Associate DIrector at the Centre for Use of Research and Evidence (CUREE) and co-led research and learning for the Networked Learning Communities programme at the then National College for School Leadership (NCSL).
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