Dr Jenny Lloyd

Dr Jenny Lloyd is a Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire within the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking. As a member of the Contextual Safeguarding team, she works on two research projects; within Hackney children and families social care to embed a contextual safeguarding approach, and with Ofsted to develop […]

Katie Latimer

Joined the Contextual Safeguarding Project in 2019 she is an embedded researcher within Hackney’s Contextual Safeguarding Project and Hounslow’s Protecting & Empowering Against Child Exploitation (PEACE) intervention and also works with Safer London to consider the integration of young people’s peers into practitioners’ work to safeguard them. Prior to that she worked as a  Social […]

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 […]

Professor John Pitts

John Pitts is Vauxhall Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bedfordshire, Visiting Professor of Criminology at the Universities of Suffolk and Kent and Visiting Professor of Youth Justice at the University of Politics and Law, Shanghai. He has extensive practical experience as a school teacher and youth worker; a group worker in a […]

Gabriela Smolinska-Poffley

Roma Support Group

Gabriela Smolinska–Poffley is Roma Support Group’s deputy manager and a Roma Support & Engagement Programme Leader. She has been working with East European Roma communities since 2002. From 2002 until 2005 Gaba ran after school activities for Roma children. These included art and crafts sessions and a reading group; through those activities Gaba was co-responsible […]

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 […]

Aedan Wolton

Aedan Wolton is a former social worker, and a co-director of cliniQ, a health and wellbeing service for trans people in Soho, London. In his day-to-day role, Aedan is also a Specialist Health Advisor at Europe’s busiest sexual health clinic, 56 Dean (which host’s cliniQ’s GUM/HIV services). As a researcher, Aedan is currently involved in […]

Dr Carlene Firmin

Dr Carlene Firmin MBE is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire, where she leads their Contextual Safeguarding and peer-on-peer abuse research programmes. Carlene has spent the past 10 years researching young people’s experiences of community and group-based violence and advocated for comprehensive approaches that keep young people safe in public places, schools […]

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