Theresa is a subject specialist in child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE), gendered violence and how individuals make sense of their experiences. She takes an interdisciplinary approach and is currently leading and working on a variety of CSAE related projects within the PIER team.
Theresa has extensive frontline practise-based experience in social care and in education. For many years, she worked with and supported people with learning disabilities, people experiencing mental health challenges, and children and young people at risk of, or experiencing, sexual exploitation and abuse.
Theresa is an experienced social sciences teacher and trainer, facilitating learning and workshops with HE students, professionals and third sector organisations on aspects of CSAE.
Theresa’s interest in researching child sexual exploitation and abuse, as a specific form of gendered violence, is focused on how it is experienced and made sense of by victims/survivors, parents and responding agencies, and developing policy and practice responses to challenge mutual mistrust that can develop between these social actors.
Before joining the PIER team, Theresa was a researcher for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and an Assistant Facilitator in the Inquiry’s Truth Project.
Child sexual abuse and exploitation
Zammit, J., Senker, S., Redmond, T., Bows, H., 2021. Contemporary case file analysis of child sexual abuse in institutional settings. Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) July, 2021.
Brown, S., Redmond, T., Rees, D., Ford, S., King, S., 2020. ‘Truth Project Thematic Report. Child sexual abuse in the context of schools. Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), December 2020. Rodger, H., Hurcombe, R., Redmond, T., George, R., 2020. “People don’t talk about it”. Child sexual abuse and ethnic minority communities. Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), June 2020. Redmond, T., 2020. Navigating the borderlands: Adult survivors’ experiences of child sexual exploitation. In Clisby, S (Ed.), 2020. Gender, Sexuality and Identities of the Borderlands: Queering the Margins (London: Routledge).
2018 - Centre of Expertise on Child Abuse PhD Conference, London Metropolitan University - presentation title: ‘Experiences of non-abusive parents whose child has been sexually exploited outside the family and home.’
2017 - 8th Annual Social Work Summer Conference, Sheffield Hallam University - presentation title: ‘Agency, exchange and sense-making in survivors’ responses to sexual exploitation.’
2016 - ‘Borderlands Conference, University of Hull - presentation title: ‘An exploration of the relationship between discourse and narratives of child sexual exploitation and the impact they have on victims/survivors.’
2015 - ‘Violence against Women and Girls’ Conference - Member of expert panel, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), Hull.