This Seminar Series is organised by the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
Violence against children is a global public health concern with an estimated 1 billion children affected annually. For the first time in the history of the United Nations, childhood violence exposure and prevention is on the global agenda as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. But why is violence prevention important and how can we prevent violence? The global community has very good research evidence of the impact of violence on outcomes throughout the life-course and the drivers of violence in childhood. Research efforts on the magnitude of violence against children and effective intervention programmes are lagging behind. If we are to reach the elimination of children’s exposure to all forms of violence by 2030, we need evidence-based prevention and response mechanisms which are rolled out at scale across countries and adapted to meet the needs of the families and societies in which they are implemented.
About the speaker
Dr Franziska Meinck is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. She is an ESRC Future Research Leader Early Career Research Fellow in the Centre for Evidence-Based Interventions and an Extraordinary Professor at Optentia Research Unit, North-West University, South Africa. Her focus is on risk and protective factors of physical, emotional and sexual child and adolescent abuse in vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa and on the development and testing of global child abuse measures. In 2016 she won the ISPCAN C. Henry Kempe Award for outstanding young professional in the field of child abuse and neglect.
Franziska holds a DPhil in Social Interventions (University of Oxford), an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Interventions (University of Oxford) and a BA in Social Work (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen). From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a post-doctoral research officer with Prof Lucie Cluver on the Young Carers Studies, a collaboration between Oxford University, South African universities, the South African Government and various NGOs and international organisations.