Claire M Richards

Senior Lecturer, Domestic & Sexual Violence

Academics

Contact Details

email: c.richards@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 548487

I am a PhD candidate within the School of Education at the University of Worcester. I am a feminist scholar and social scientist whose teaching and research within the Centre for Violence Prevention relates to the study and prevention of violence. I have particular interest in the concept of professional advocacy for children as victims of abuse and neglect within the family and other institutional contexts. As a barrister (non-practising) I remain a committed advocate to the rights of children and young people, and researches and writes extensively about aspects of the rights of the child in the context of child protection, professional practice and integrated working.  I have considerable experience of multi-agency partnership working in the fields of mental health, substance use and domestic abuse.  I was an active member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and was Chair of the Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (BASPCAN).

In my spare time, I  enjoy singing, dancing, cooking, painting and walking my dog…..but not all at the same time!

Qualifications

2008       University of Worcester - Post Graduate Certificate in HE (PGCE)      
2006       BPP Law School, London, Barrister - Post Graduate Diploma       
2004       University of Central England - LL.M International Human Rights   
2002       Staffordshire University LL.B (Hons.) Law     
1994       West Mercia Institute of Counselling - Diploma in Counselling     
1993       University of Central England - Certificate in Individual and Family Counselling     
1992       Worcester College of Technology - Certificate in Management Studies    
1986       St. Conal’s School of Nursing, Ireland - RMN, Registered Mental Nurse

Teaching & Research

Teaching

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Perspectives on childhood; Domestic and Sexual Violence; a victim and perpetrator perspective; Institutional Abuse
  • Prevention of Violence and Abuse  
  • Professional values and professional practice with links to professional advocacy
  • Integrated working with children and families 
  • Children’s rights and promoting advocacy meaningful participation of children

Research

  • Institutional Child Abuse   
  • Culture of organisations promoting the voice of the child, safeguarding and protecting children    
  • Child advocacy in practice and professional advocacy    
  • Children’s rights and promoting advocacy meaningful participation of children   
  • Culture contexts of family violence     
  • Familicide     
  • Sibling Violence      
  • Reflective Practice and sound professional practice supervision

Recent publications

Richards, C. (2009) Safeguarding Children: Every Child Matters so Everybody Matters! In, Reed, M. & Canning, N. (eds.) Reflective Practice in the Early Years. London, Sage 

Richards, C. (2011) Quality Matters because Quality Protects. In, Reed, M. & Canning, N. (eds.) Quality Improvement in the Early Years. London, Sage

Richards, C. (2011) FIT FOR PARENTING. An evaluation study of the Parenting Assessment Manual (P.A.M.) in Worcestershire in assessing the Parenting Capacity of Adults with Learning Disabilities 

McLoone- Richards, C. (2012) ‘Say Nothing! How Pathology within Catholicism created and sustained the Institutional Abuse of Children in 20th century Ireland’, in Child Abuse Review  21: 394-404. DOI:10.1002/car.2209

Richards, C. (2012) ‘Children Who Are Seen But Not Heard; Early Childhood perspectives on meaningful listening to and engaging with young children’, British

Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASCPAN) Congress 2012, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland (April)

Richards, C. (2013) Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education. Book Review- Keenan, M. (2012) CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE & THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Gender, Power and Organizational Culture. Oxford, Oxford University Press

Richards, C. (2014) Safeguarding Children. In, Dryden, L. & Mukherji, P. (eds.) Foundations of Early Childhood. London, Sage

Richards, C. (2014) Professional discussions and challenges in safeguarding and protecting children.  In, Reed, M. & Walker, R. (eds.) A Critical Companion on Early Childhood Studies.  London, Sage

Richards, C. (2014) ‘I know I am just the student but’….an education provider’s perspective in supporting students to raise concerns about professional practice in the context of safeguarding concerns about children.’  A Child’s World Conference,  Aberystwyth University, Wales, (June) 

Richards, C. (2015) ‘Domestic Violence is a Public health Issue: a perspective from Early Childhood.’ National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) Conference, University of Worcester, (February)

Richards, C. (2015) ‘Wicked Ideas in Research’ Early Childhood Conference, University of Worcester, (February)

Buckler, S., Coupe, T., Eason, A., Richards, C.M. & Woolley, R. (2015) Breaking the Silence. (Paper Presentation).  9th BASPCAN International Congress. Edinburgh, Scotland. 12 - 15 April 

Richards, C.M. & Gallagher, S.  Common Vigilance: a perspective on the role of the community in safeguarding children. In, Brown, Z. & Ward, S. (eds.) Contemporary Issues in Childhood: an ecological approach. Abingdon, Routledge

McGregor, K., Stephens-Lewis, D., Richards, C.M., Gilchrist, E., Taylor-Dunn, H. & Jones, R. (2016) An Exploration of Healthcare Professionals’ Personal and Professional Experience of Domestic Violence and Abuse. NCSPVA, University of Worcester

Richards, C. (2017) An Exploration of Healthcare Professionals’ Personal and Professional Experience of Domestic Violence and Abuse. (Paper Presentation) International Congress on Law and Mental Health (IALMH) Congress, Prague. 10-14 July

Richards, C. (2017) ‘Hurt Healers as a Medical Emergency’: An Exploration of Healthcare Professionals’ Personal and Professional Experience of Domestic Violence and Abuse. (Paper Presentation) Institute of Violence and Trauma (IVAT) International Summit, San Diego. 24-28 September

Richards, C (2017) ‘A Private Matter?’ Addressing Domestic Abuse in the Healthcare Sector. (Presentation) Institute of Violence and Trauma (IVAT) International Summit, San Diego. 24-28 September

Richards, C.M. (2018) “The boys won’t leave the girls alone!”:The importance of advocacy and educational leadership in addressing School-Related-Gender-Based-Violence (SRGBV). International Conference on Education Quality, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir. 14 to 16 March 2018. (accepted for publication as part of conference proceedings)

Richards, C.M. (2019) “Is it safe?”…Creating safe reflective spaces and places for practitioners in mentoring and supervision of safeguarding children. In, Gasper, M.& Walker, R. (eds) Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision in the Early Years: theory and practice. London, Bloomsbury.  (In Press)

Richards, C.M. (2019) ‘Looking Back in Anger’ the impact of mother and child trauma experiences in the context of Domestic Violence and Abuse. In, Fleet, A. & Reed, M. (eds.)  Thinking about Pedagogy in Early Education: Multiple Early Childhood Identities. London, Routledge (In Press) 

External roles

Trustee and Past Chair of BASPCAN (British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) soon to be the ACPP (Association for Child Protection Professionals)