Dr Franziska Meinck: Child Abuse

Dr. Franziska Meinck is a lecturer in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focus is the prevalence, risk and protective factors of child maltreatment in vulnerable populations in Sub-Saharan Africa, health outcomes of violence exposure in childhood, childhood violence prevention and on the development and testing of global child abuse measures. Franziska is currently funded by an ESRC Future Research Leader Award and in 2016 she won the ISPCAN C. Henry Kempe Award for outstanding young professional in the field of child abuse and neglect. In this conversation, we spoke about her data oriented studies looking at different forms of child abuse in South Africa, Swaziland and beyond. We discussed forms of child abuse, the proportion of the problem, access to child protection services, prevention and measurement of child abuse, and finally, emotional challenges for the researcher. Trigger Warning: This conversation features mentions of sexual and other kinds of violence both in specific cases and generally. Organisations that provide support: India: https://www.childlineindia.org.in/ South Africa: http://www.childlinesa.org.za UK: childline.org.uk USA: https://www.childhelp.org/