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Sexual offences on London trains: What we know from proactive police officers' experiences

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START DATE 16 November 2017
START TIME 12:00pm

C205 College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 16 November 2017
END TIME 01:00pm

Psychology Department Research Seminar presenting research on sexual offences committed during train travel in the city

The Psychology department introduces PhD student, Shola Apena Rogers (Middlesex University) presenting her research seminar Sexual offences on London trains: What we know from proactive police officers' experiences.

Sexual harassment has been prominent in public and media discourse in recent times, with its occurrence in the context of public transport coming under scrutiny. British Transport Police (BTP) is looking for evidence-based research to inform their initiatives and policing strategies in relation to tackling sexual offences that fall under their remit. Shola is working in collaboration with BTP to further knowledge and understanding of how sexual offences on London railways (SOLT) are committed.

An overview of the planned programme of research and the fundamental issues of consideration will be presented. This presentation will cover key findings from the first study in relation to BTP proactive officers’ experience of policing sexual offences. Shola will also present and discuss her own reflections on the benefits and challenges encountered in the conducting research in partnership with a police force. The presentation will conclude with a summary of the remaining studies within the research programme.

Shola Apena Rogers is at the end of her second year of a full-time PhD in Forensic Psychology at Middlesex University. She is a HCPC registered Psychologist Practitioner and Chartered Forensic Psychologist. Her practitioner experience is working with children, young people and their families in the community to support them to achieve positive outcomes and reduce the risk of (re-)offending.

Previous roles included Deputy Team Manager within Islington Children Social Care, a Multi-Systemic Therapist (MST) in CAMHS, a Case Manager and Restorative Justice Co-ordinator in Youth Offending Teams (YOTSs) and a volunteer at Victim Support line. Previous evaluation projects include: Tender National Pilot Programme, Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) pilot, AVA - mental health and young women/substance misuse/sexual violence services.

Shola is currently co-module leader on the PSY4032 module in the MSc Forensic Psychology course at Middlesex University and is a guest lecturer and consultant researcher at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent.

This event is free and open to students, staff and members of the public. No registration required.

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