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Claire Richards

Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Violence Prevention (CVP) at the Institute of Health and Society

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542487

I have ongoing commitment to my personal and professional development; the benefits of which I hope should be evident in my dealings and contacts with students and colleagues on a personal and professional basis. I have enjoyed my career within academia and relish the opportunity of teaching and inspiring students in their journeys of development and education. I have a lively interest in human rights issues, particularly regarding the rights of children. I attended the 60th Session on the Commission of Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva when I campaigned for a world moratorium on the death penalty, which also affects children in other countries who could be executed for crimes through an adult court system.

As a qualified barrister I have an acute appreciation of the relevant statutory frameworks for protecting children and young people and vulnerable adults, specifically in the contexts of experiences of violence and abuse. I am committed to highlighting the obligation of agencies and professionals to work more effectively together to promote the interests of children and to improve service delivery for them and their families.  I consistently promote the importance of the voice of the child and vulnerable adult to the students I teach and within other fora outside the University.

In my previous role, I developed and implemented a multi-agency strategy for dealing with domestic abuse concerns in Worcestershire; this enabled the development of a co-ordinated agency response to addressing domestic abuse. I also formulated a comprehensive programme of training for statutory and voluntary sector agencies in promoting an awareness of domestic abuse and related issues of the law in the context of human rights and child protection. I was a key representative for the Worcestershire Forum in public awareness campaigns and I had considerable positive contact with local media as part of campaign and public awareness-raising.

My considerable experience of partnership working evolved a legacy of useful connecting links with the West Mercia Criminal Justice Board; Worcestershire Crime and Disorder Partnership and particularly as a contributor to the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel, offering expert opinion in the context of risk assessment of vulnerable children and adults living with domestic abuse, substance misuse and other issues which can impact on parenting and caring for children.  I currently have a close professional liaison with the Policy, Practice and Procedures Group of the Worcestershire Safeguarding Board (WSCB) and I am also Chair of the Association for England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN).  


Registered Mental Nurse RMN, Certificate Management Studies CMS, Certificate in Individual and Family Counselling CIFC, Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Dip. Couns., Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons) Law, Masters International Human Rights LL.M, Post Graduate Diploma – Bar Vocational Course - Barrister, Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education PGCE.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

  • Children’s rights and promoting the voice of the child and meaningful participation of children in issues affecting their lives and welfare.
  • Child protection and safeguarding children and young people.
  • Sociological perspectives on childhood, with particular interest on the influences of religion and cultural norms and traditions.
  • Professional values and professional practice.


Research interests:

  • Historical and Cultural perspectives and the experiences of childhood
  • The culture of organisations in promoting the rights of the child
  • Institutional child abuse.
Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Bar Council of England and Wales



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. (forthcoming).

Richards, C. (2012 forthcoming) ‘Say Nothing! How Pathology within Catholicism created and sustained the Institutional Abuse of Children in 20th century Ireland’, in Child Abuse Review.

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

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,  Aberyswyth 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. (forthcoming) 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.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner- BSc Childhood Studies, Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan.

Member of the South Worcestershire Network to Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board.

Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) within the Institute of Education for University of Worcester.

Volunteer Speaker on behalf of The Children’s Society.

Recently invited to become a member of the National Committee for the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, (BASPCAN).