3. Universities - participatory approaches

Posted: Tue May, 2019

This page lists the profiles of university members who are using participatory approaches to challenge sexual violence against children (SVAC) or other forms of abuse against children 

Elisabetta Biffi
University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy
Department of Human Sciences for Education 

I am Associate Professor at the “Riccardo Massa” Department of Human Sciences and Education - University of Milano-Bicocca, where I teach “Narrative Theory and Practice” as part of the Master’s Degree Course in Education. I participate in Italian and European research projects on the topics of: childhood protection and children’s rights; educator and teacher professional development; pedagogical documentation; narrative methods and arts-based methods for educational research.

Dr Carol A. Ireland
University of Central Lancashire and Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services, UK

Dr Carol A. Ireland is a Consultant Chartered Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. She has been working clinically with individuals who have committed sexual offences for around 25 years, both as part of psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions. She also works with victims of sexual and physical aggression, and further specialises in working with young people and adults who have been exploited, including sexual exploitation. She further undertakes regular research in the forensic arena, and has specialised in regard to child sexual exploitation and aggression. The context of Dr. Ireland’s clinical work has been varied, including HM Prison Service, High Secure Psychiatric Care and in the community. She was an accredited trainer and therapist for the HM Prison Service Sex Offender Treatment Programmes, and is lead trainer for the Life Minus Violence Harmful Sexual Behaviour Therapy (www.tiofp.com). She has regularly published research in the area of sexual aggression, including sexual exploitation, as well as presenting nationally and internationally on this topic. She is also Senior Research Lead at the Ashworth Research Centre, Ashworth Hospital. She also works at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is the Director of Studies for the MSc in Forensic Psychology and supervises a number of PhD students. She also currently works at the Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services (CCATS, www.ccats.org.uk).

Anita Burgund Isakov
Belgrade University, Serbia
Faculty of Political Sciences

I am assistant professor on department for social policy and social work at Faculty of political sciences, University of Belgrade on following subjects: social work with client, counselling, social work with children and youth and communication skills. My research intersts are in the area of alternative care and social protection of children and youth. I have published numerus papers in this area, I am member of Child Protection  South East hub platform wich consists of  group of individuals and organisations from 9 different countries, from South East Europe and the wider European region. I have also been a consultant for "Social Welfare Systems to Advance the Protection of Children in Serbia"  and  "International consultant on leaving care". 

Nevenka Zegarac
Belgrade University, Serbia
Faculty of Political Sciences

Nevenka Zegarac works as a Full Professor and Director of MA Social Work program at the Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. She teaches social work with children and youth, case management and qualitative approaches in social work research. She has extensive experience in development and delivery of trainings for front line practitioners and training of trainers. Nevenka has more than 20 years of experience of consultancy in West Balkan region with a number of governments, and international organisations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, Terre de Homes, IOM, UNDP and ILO. Her areas of interests include case management, child abuse and neglect, children on alternative care, family support, child trafficking, child’s participation and professional development of social service workforce. Prof Zegarac is the member of Steering Committee Global Social Service Workforce Alliance. She is author of six, editor of five and co-author of ten social work books, more than thirty chapters in monographs and handbooks, and more than fifteen articles published in scientific journals.