Black victims of child sexual abuse: improving identification and support

7 May



Jahnine Davis
PhD Researcher at Kingston University


May 7, 2020 - 9:30 am


May 7, 2020 - 3:45 pm


Maple House, 150 Corporation, Birmingham B4 6TB   View map

Services working with victims of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) have made real progress in recent years in both identifying and supporting those young people and adult survivors. However, barriers seem to remain in the identification of, and support for, victims from some Minority communities.

This learning day will focus upon Black victims of CSA, and particularly  those of African-Caribbean heritage. Research on Black victims-survivors is very limited, and tends to focus upon the association of Black girls with street gangs, which may significantly exclude understanding them as potential victims of other sexual abuse, for example family and friends.

Jahnine Davis, who has experience as a practitioner with particular expertise on Black children and adolescence, has undertaken a piece of research exploring whether the perceptions of Black young women and girls impacted upon the identification of CSA. What are the challenges for Black victim-survivors of CSA accessing support? And how can changes to professional practice across agencies lead to better identification of, and support?

This learning day will consider in particular the contextual factors impacting Black victims.  It is understood  that CSA victims are male as well as female, however, the day will focus principally, though not exclusively, on girls.

Sessions will look at an overview of CSA based upon ethnicity, and then focus on the key issues which may contribute to a failure to identify and respond to Black victims, including:

  • Society’s perceptions of Black women and girls which may impact on them being seen as victims
  • the impact of using the homogenous category “BAME” (Black Asian Minority Ethnic), and, as a consequence,  overlooking important differences between communities
  • how we can improve practice given the absence of specific research to enable us to understand how young people from different communities feel about disclosing  CSA,
  • Attitudes and perceptions within Black communities which may impact disclosure and help-seeking  (including stigma and racism)
  • Factors and attitudes which may lead to Black children and families being treated differently by statutory services, including ‘adultification’

The learning day will also consider measures through which mainstream services can change the way they operate, recognise that Black children may be victims of CSA unrelated to gangs, and remove barriers which discourage  victims from accessing services, in order to improve support and responses.

The day will be facilitated by Jahnine Davis.

Jahnine Davis is a specialist consultant in Child Sexual Abuse and is currently a PhD Researcher at Kingston University where she is exploring Black British children and young people’s experiences of telling and disclosing child sexual abuse.

She is the chair of the contextual safeguarding; beyond referrals harmful sexual behaviour project on behalf of The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation and Violence. `Jahnine is also a Research in Practice associate

Previously she was the strategic lead for lesser heard voices at the Centre for Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse and National Chair of Barnardo’s race equality network

Agenda (subject to change)

9.30 – 10.00

Registration and coffee

10.00 – 11.30

Where are the Black girls in CSA research, policy and practice?

11.30 – 11.55


11.55 – 12.45

Perceptions, stereotypes and bias:  the Jezebel, the strong and angry Black woman

12.45 – 1.35


1.35 – 2.35

Applying an intersectional lens to planning and practice:  looking at the specific contexts of Black communities

2.35 – 2.45

Pick up a quick tea and biscuits!

2.45 – 3.45

Seeing the whole child:  making positive and effective changes to practice


Final questions and close

  • child protection social workers
  • professionals supporting families and parents
  • fostering and adoption social workers
  • schools
  • school support services including educational psychology, school transfer applications, virtual headteachers
  • children’s safeguarding and child protection leads in the NHS
  • youth workers
  • children’s and young people’s charities
  • specialist missing children and CSA services
  • tenancy support workers
  • sexual abuse services
  • domestic abuse services
  • gangs services
  • police
  • community ASB staff
  • professionals supporting adult survivors of CSA
  • researchers and policy advisers

The training will take place in Birmingham City Centre:

etc Venues

Maple House

150 Corporation Street


B4 6TB

Venue telephone – 0121 212 8200

Directions can be found on the venue website

New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street train stations are all a few minutes away from the venue

Car parking

Birmingham High Street NCP (also known & signposted as Albert Street NCP), postcode B4 7L

Birmingham Londonderry House NCP, on Dalton Street, postcode B4 7LX

(Maple House has reduced rates agreed at both these car parks – contact the venue for daily tariffs and discounted rates.  Parking subject to availability)


The venue has a map on its website showing hotels close by.

Delegate fee:

 £135 + VAT = £162

£345 + VAT = £414 for group of 3 (non cancellable)

£550 + VAT = £660 for group of 5 (non cancellable)

ring 0115 916 3104 for details.


Included in the delegate package:

  • Delegate pack
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments available throughout the day


Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 16 April 2020 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

*Team bookings must be booked on the same form and are non-cancellable but substitute delegates will always be accepted.

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.


Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.