Dr Jane Monckton-Smith

Forensic Criminologist, University of Gloucestershire

Dr Jane Monckton Smith is an internationally recognised Forensic Criminologist and prize winning author specializing in homicide, coercive control and stalking. Her wider body of work is acknowledged as having strong societal impact and influence. In addition to academic work, she maintains a wide portfolio of professional and case work. This includes Chairing statutory Domestic […]

Frank Mullane MBE

Frank is the CEO of Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA). Founded in 2008, AAFDA is a centre of excellence for reviews after domestic homicide and for specialist peer support. Frank helped ensure Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) became law, and continues to work closely with the Home Office to enhance the methodology. From its inception […]

Annie Bertram

“Annie” is a care-experienced birth mother with many years of experience of the child protection system in England. She has experienced several sets of legal proceedings in respect of her children, including two sets of concurrent care proceedings and a new-born removal with an ultimate plan of adoption. Annie recognised the local authority’s concerns and […]

Anna Gupta

Anna is a former Social Worker, and currently Professor of Social Work at Royal Holloway University of London, and co-author of ‘Protecting Children: A Social Model’. Much of her work focuses on poverty and child protection, work with Black and Minority Ethnic children and families, social work in the family courts and adoption from care. […]

Dr Hannah Bows

Assistant Professor in Criminal Law

Hannah is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Director of Equality and Diversity within Durham Law School. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA). Over the last six years she has conducted research examining different forms of […]

Junior Smart

Business Development Manager and Head of SOS Gangs Project, St Giles Trust

Junior Smart joined St Giles Trust in 2006 upon his release from prison from where he was given a 10-year sentence for a drug and gang related offence. With support from St Giles Trust he set up and developed the award-winning SOS Gangs project, London’s largest ex-offender gangs exit programme. Now covering 13 London boroughs and […]

Jo Sharpen


Jo Sharpen is a qualified youth worker with person centred counselling training, a BSc (hons) in Psychology and a MA in Women and Child Abuse. She also holds a certificate and diploma in online counselling. She has worked for AVA – Against Violence and Abuse ( for 10 years, managing the children and young people’s […]

Mihai Calin Bica

Roma Support Group

Mihai Calin Bica is a bi-lingual Romanian Roma advocate and activist. He qualified as a social worker in July 2009, and has graduated from the West University Timisoara, Sociology and Psychology Faculty, Social Work department. Between 2008 and 2011, Mihai worked for FEMROM in Romania, he coordinated a regional project, training and supporting Roma women […]

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