Ms Jahnine Davis

Research project: Who's Protecting Us?


The purpose of this study is to understand how services support and protect Black children affected by extra-familial harm (harm outside of the home). This includes hearing directly from Black children to understand what facilitates and hinders disclosing abuse to professionals, communities and services. This includes an exploration to understand professionals' perceptions of Black children and if and to what extent they influence safeguarding responses. The narratives of Black children will centre this research study to capture their experiences with an aim to strengthen safeguarding practice.


I am the director and co-founder of Listen Up - a company established to amplify lesser heard voices in child safeguarding practice, policy and research. I am also a visiting research fellow on the contextual safeguarding programme at the University of Bedfordshire and I chair the  EDI Special Interest Group on behalf of the Association for Child Protection Professionals . As an independent chair for child safeguarding practice reviews I have a specific interest in safeguarding responses to Black children and families. 

Previous role includes:

  • Chair of Research Advisory Group: Beyond Referrals Contextual Safeguarding Project: The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking
  • National Chair of Race Equality Network: Barnardo's Children's Charity
  • Practice Improvement Advisor: The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse

Areas of research interest

  • Adultification
  • Black girls and racialised sexualisation
  • Child criminal exploitation
  • Child protection and safeguarding policy
  • Intersectionality and Adutlfication
  • Ecological approaches to understanding location, context and structural inequality
  • Decolonialisation and practice, research and policy
  • Black British Caribbean children and child maltreatment


  • MA in Child and Woman Abuse Studies, London Metropolitan University

Funding or awards received

  • BME PhD Studentship - Fully funded: Kingston University



Davis, Jahnine and Marsh, Nicholas (2020) Boys to men: the cost of ‘adultification' in safeguarding responses to Black boys. Critical & Radical Social Work, 8(2), pp.255-259. ISSN (print) 2049-8608

Davis, Jahnine and Marsh, Nicholas (2020) Intersectionality: race, gender and other aspects of identity in social work with young people. Community Care,

Davis, Jahnine (2020) The Problems With Researching Sexual Abuse In Black Communities. Black Ballad,

Davis, Jahnine (2019)'Where are the Black girls in our CSA services, studies and statistics?'. Community Care,