The AoCPP Podcast

An evidence-based approach to tackling child exploitation w/ Dr Aravinda Kosaraju

from The AoCPP Podcast | Published 1/29/2021

Welcome to Association of Child Protection Professionals' Podcast, a podcast where we, alongside guest hosts, share with you the latest in child and family safeguarding. In today's episode Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals talks to Dr Aravinda Kosaraju about child sexual exploitation and how professionals can support families to prevent it.Dr Aravinda Kosaraju is a qualified lawyer and social worker specialising in Criminology. With many years of experience working with national and international non-governmental organisations including Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation, Lawyer’s Collective and the  Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.  Aravinda has researched extensively into child sexual exploitation, sex trafficking and was involved in various policy reform initiatives in India and the UK. She has also developed multi-agency practitioner training on safeguarding children from sexual exploitation.  Her research draws from critical perspectives in law and criminology broadly engaging with issues of violence against women and children; criminal justice responses to sexual offending; and safeguarding children policy and practice. Her PhD thesis examined the process of attrition in cases involving crimes of child sexual exploitation in England and Wales. More recently, Aravinda is a Lecturer in Advanced Child Protection at the University of Kent’s Centre for Child Protection. Her current research focuses on supporting sexually exploited children through criminal justice; effective investigation and prosecution of sexual offences against children; and working with children on the move.Wendy Thorogood is a retired Designated Nurse Consultant for children with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) based in Dorchester. She trained at St Guy's hospital in London, specialising in child and adult nursing intensive care and cardiac and renal transplants.Wendy delivered the national leadership programme for safeguarding for the Department of Health and worked directly with the NHS Confederation in relation to current changes ;providing assurance that current and future providers of services are compliant in relation to safeguarding national and local standards;working with Lead Commissioners and the performance team to develop agreed key performance indicators and safety metrics for providers;identifying and taking appropriate action on key risks and issues across commissioned services that may affect safeguarding of children, young people.Wendy has also spent time working in South Africa in a maternity unit, within a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Kent, and has worked with drug users to improve maternal care - a project that still runs today....We started this podcast at the beginning of lockdown to support professionals continuing to work with vulnerable children, and families, under unprecedented circumstances. With the goal of alleviating the pressure child protection professionals are under, we’ve brought together leading experts within research and practice to impart their knowledge of the latest issues in child protection and safeguarding.All in an effort to ensure that whether you’re out on the frontline, delivering your services at home, or even on furlough, you are able to stay informed.Six months and thousands of downloads later, we want to hear from YOU about what you would like to hear in upcoming episodes.Whether it’s a particular topic you want discussed, or a particular person you want invited on the show. We want to ensure that the podcast reflects what you need.So feel free to email us at [email protected] with any suggestions. And if you’ve been enjoying listening to this podcast - please rate, review and subscribe as it helps other child protection professionals find us....Find us @AoCPPTweetFacebook: The Association of Child Protection ProfessionalsEmail: [email protected] out more about Wendy at: out more about Aravinda at: out more about the Centre for Child Protection, University of Kent at: onto our upcoming event on Child Exploitation with the University of Kent here: by Alexander King See for privacy and opt-out information.

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Frontline practitioners in key worker positions are currently finding themselves overworked, time poor and confused while working under unprecedented circumstances.In an attempt to alleviate the pressure child protection professionals are under, the AoCPP podcast was born.There has never been a more important time to keep up with child protection and safeguarding news. But with government regulation changing daily, we realise not all frontline professionals have the time to do so. That’s why we’ve created this podcast – to give you what you need to stay informed.In our special episodes, we take a more focused look at a singular issue that child protection professionals need to know about. These are often specific and urgent – so we’ll be talking with a professional at the forefront of the issue....The Association of Child Protection Professionals is a registered charity and membership association. We provide education and professional development opportunities for those working in child protection.Our mission is to improve the lives and safety of children by working with those in the sector to provide research, representation, training, and support. If you'd like to know more about us, visit: if you have any enquiries, email us at: [email protected] See for privacy and opt-out information.