Professor Jenny Pearce, OBE
Professor of Young People and Public Policy
Jenny Pearce is Professor of Young People and Public Policy, University of Bedfordshire, which was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize for research on child sexual exploitation influencing safeguarding in 2013. She was Founder and Director of the Safer Young Lives Research Centre (formerly the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking) (2006 to 2016) and continues to work on research and teaching projects associated with the centre. She is a Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, University of London and International Senior Research Fellow with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway, Ireland. Jenny is Independent Scrutineer/ Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships: London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. She is leading the Our Voices University Network: challenging sexual violence against children and youth. She is on the Advisory Group for The Association of Safeguarding Partners (TASP) and continues to advise and work with case reviews and workforce development activities in child protection, social and youth work practice. Her research and consultancy focuses on preventing sexual violence against children and she works with a range of national and international agencies towards this aim.