Dr Caroline Paskell is Research Director in the Crime and Justice team at NatCen Social Research. Caroline's 15 year career has combined qualitative research in academic, independent and third-sector research organisations with policy and strategy work and project management in youth work and community development.
Caroline is currently working on research into:
- service users' experiences of the anonymous helpline provided by Stop it Now! UK (co-funded by the European Union)
- professional understandings and awareness of male-victim child sexual exploitation (funded by the Nuffield Foundation)
- user experiences of the mandatory telephone/online gateway to civil legal advice (commissioned by the Ministry of Justice)
Since April 2013, she has also sat on the Home Office-led cross-departmental National Group on Sexual Violence Against Children and Vulnerable Adults, with specific responsibility for leading its work to improve how the criminal justice system treats victims. Caroline provides expert research and policy advice on issues relating to child sexual exploitation and abuse to other organisations, including a current role on the Research Advisory Group of a University of Bedfordshire study of CSE prosecutions.
Caroline joined NatCen in mid-2013 from the children's charity Barnardo's where she led its research and policy on child sexual exploitation. Her role included managing a major programme of service evaluations for internal guidance and external funders, a study of links between youth offending and sexual exploitation and extensive work guiding policy and practice responses to child sexual exploitation, missing and internal trafficking. Her work identifying the injustice of 'ostensible consent' in child sexual exploitation prosecutions prompted the Sentencing Council to remove this notion from its revised guidance in 2013.
She has a PhD in Criminology and Social Policy from the LSE, has published and presented widely on policing, youth offending, sexual violence and victimisation, and is a Board Member on the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.