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The Invisible Victims Webinar

Part of the Success in Social Work Webinar Series

This webinar will consist of two presentations.   Jahnine Davis on Complex Locations and Jade Levell on Understanding how children experience childhood domestic violence/abuse and gang-involvement, using music as an interview tool.

Jahnine's primary research on Black children's experiences of telling and disclosing child sexual abuse will be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. Her MA in Woman and Child Abuse studies concluded with a small qualitative study 'Where are the Black Girls?', highlighting why little is known about experiences of child sexual abuse in Black African-Caribbean communities.

The experiences of Black girls more specifically Black British African-Caribbean are rarely captured in literature, however even more so when discussing child sexual abuse.  This is evident by dearth of research in the UK.   Jahnine's presentation will share the findings from a MA research project focussed on whether racialised sexualisation impacts on the identification and response to child sexual abuse of Black girls in the UK.  The presentation will also include practice and safeguarding implications to understand barriers and facilitators, whilst providing insight and recommendations.

Jahnine Levell is a PhD researcher at Kingston University.  Jahnine has both research and practice experience working with Black victims of child sexual abuse, inclusive of exploitation.   Previously 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.  Jahnine is Chair of the Contextual Safeguarding advisory group; Beyond referrals harmful sexual behaviour project on behalf of the International Centre: Research Child Sexual Exploitation and Violence.  Jahnine is also a Research in Practice associate.

Jade's The Road Home Study: Exploring the Intersection of on-road/Gang involvement and Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence/Abuse focused on the lives of young men who have experienced domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in childhood and became gang-involved.  LIfe-history interviews were taken using music as an elicitation tool (desert island discs style).  Several findings from this study are applicable to front-line practice, including an increased understanding of how boys experience DVA in childhood, as well as how their sense of masculine identity changes in light of life with both DVA and gangs.

Jade is a PhD Candidate, School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University and Lecturer in Criminology, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University.