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Professor Claudia Bernard

Professor Claudia Bernard

Professor of Social Work, Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies,
Goldsmiths University of London

Claudia Bernard is Professor of Social Work and Head of Postgraduate Research in the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests lie in the areas of social work with children and families, gender-based violence, critical race theory, equalities and social justice. She has written widely on these topics, including a book entitled Constructing Lived Experiences: Representations of Black Mothers in Child Sexual Abuse Discourses (2nd Edition, Routledge, 2017), and an edited collection with Perlita Harris, entitled Safeguarding Black Children: Good Practice in Child Protection (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016). She is currently writing a book entitled Intersectionality for Social Workers: Theory and Practice for a Super-Diverse Society, to be published by Routledge.

  • Discussing the nuances around how children and young people meeting different intersectionalities may be considered and dealt with by sector professionals, including when looking at where to place ‘blame’, and accessing support services
  • Highlighting the disproportionate numbers of young black people and those of mixed ethnicity in the care system, and how this relates to wider factors around the increased risks of CSE for these groups
  • Making the case for deeper analysis by multi-sector professionals working to tackle CSE of the causes and effects of CSE for a wider variety of groups, based on gender, race, disability, sexuality and other factors that impact on both the risk of and support against CSE
  • Sharing best practice and advice for the law enforcement, voluntary, health and education sectors to improve conversations around CSE in relation to children of all backgrounds, with a view to improving prevention and services for survivors