Ms Jahnine Davis

Research project: Missing Voices: An explorative study on how Black children communicate experiences of abuse in and outside the home

Abstract

Black children have been victim to some of the most high profile child abuse cases in English child protection history  yet, there is a paucity of research which offers explicit attention to their safeguarding needs. Therefore my  thesis will explore how Black British Caribbean children navigate experiences of abuse, where they go to for support, who they tell and how they communicate their experiences of harm. The study will also explore how services and practitioners effectively support Black children and their families. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Missing Voices: An explorative study on how Black children communicate experiences of abuse in and outside the home
  • Research supervisor: Dr Rick Hood
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Paty Paliokosta

Biography

I am a Co-Director of Listen Up Research Community Interest Company, which aims to amplifying the experiences of traditionally lesser heard children, young people and families in child protection ; policy, practice and research. As a practitioner I have worked within children's services for two decades, from frontline to national strategic capacity.  

I am also a Trustee for Imkaan; which is the only second tier organisation in the UK supporting Black and minoritised women and girls who experience abuse.

  • 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

  • Black British Caribbean children and child maltreatment
  • 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

Qualifications

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

Funding or awards received

  • BME PhD Studentship - Fully funded: Kingston University

Publications

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2019/11/20/where-are-the-black-girls-in-our-services-studies-and-statistics-on-csa/

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2020/06/19/intersectionality-race-gender-aspects-identity-social-work-young-people/