BACKGROUND: Camille is a qualified and experienced youth worker who transitioned into academic research.  She has worked in a variety of voluntary and statutory sector projects both as a practitioner and researcher including leaving care teams, youth services, and provision for young Gypsy and Travellers.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WORK WITH THE INTERNATION CENTRE: RESEARCHING CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, VIOLENCE AND TRAFFICKING?

The research centre is an applied research centre so our work is always alongside practitioners and young people – learning from and with them. We’re also committed to impact which means the research we do aims to create change in the real world.

WHAT ARE THE KEY ISSUES YOUR ORGANISATION IS TACKLING?

The International Centre is working on increasing understanding of, and improving responses to, child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking in local, national and international contexts.  This includes wider forms of extra-familiar harm as well as promoting rights based practice with children and young people.

WHAT ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

Capacity building among young people and working alongside young people as professionals within our team.

WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS FOR THE COMING YEAR?

Our ambition is to embed our model of young research advisors and increase the numbers of children and young people who we engage through this work and the related network.

GIVEN THE SAMWORTH FOUNDATION’S FOCUS ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, WHAT, IN YOUR VIEW, ARE THE KEY CHALLENGES OR OPPORTUNITIES FACING YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE UK?

The impact of cuts on youth provision and social work – meaning only those with most visible and severe difficulties come to the attention of services – often too late, and that models of working with young people grounded in youth work and collective, empowerment approaches are increasingly rare.