Strengthening participatory practice with children and young people affected by sexual violence


1. Universities - challenging SVAC

Last updated: Wed 05, 2019

This page lists the profiles of university members who challenging sexual violence against children (SVAC)

Michael Lewis
University of Central Lancashire, UK
School of Psychology

Dr Michael Lewis is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His time is currently split between the School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, and Ashworth Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Trust. Dr Lewis is co-lead on a funded research project, conducted in collaboration with Cumbria Constabulary, exploring vulnerability characteristics among young people who have been exposed to CSE. Alongside this, he is author of a book chapter on organised crime where CSE forms a core element of this. Dr Lewis is the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, and also has a background in operational policing.


Dr Susan Roberts
Swansea University Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, UK
Department of Criminology

I am Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminology at Swansea University. My research – and much of my teaching – focuses on sexual violence. For my PhD, I explored issues relating to the intergenerational transmission of abuse: Roberts, S. (2017) ‘Experiencing Sexual Victimisation in Childhood: Meaning and Impact – the Perspectives of Child Sexual Abusers’

Included amongst my publications, are those which examine the strategies employed by child sexual abusers to access victims and perpetrate abuse, as a means of contributing to safeguarding and prevention. I am currently engaged in research with a third sector organisation, exploring ‘what works’ in therapeutic intervention with adult victims/survivors of rape and/or child sexual abuse. I am also involved in research with the Centre of Expertise for Child Sexual Abuse, where the focus is on ‘uncovering the scale of child sexual abuse in social care records’.

Ajwang’ Warria
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Faculty of Humanities

Ajwang’ Warria is a registered social worker and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, School of Human and Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand (“Wits”). She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg and Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Cape Town. Prior to joining Wits, she worked in the counter-human trafficking field in southern Africa and she practiced extensively as a social worker with refugee children and children living and working on the streets. As a child rights-based development advocate, Ajwang’ has been part of working groups (coordinated South African government departments), which have been instrumental in creating anti-trafficking and child protection policy documents. Her research interests include child protection (policy and practice), intervention research/structural interventions, child trafficking, migration and international social work.