Professor of Criminology Julia Davidson has been selected to join the Academic Advisory Board providing research advice to the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse led by Justice Lowell Goddard.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May launched the statutory inquiry in March this year to consider the extent to which state and non-state institutions have failed in their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
The Academic Advisory Board will provide academic advice on methods used for analysing data, the development of commissions for targeted research and help to ensure that all ethical considerations are incorporated into research strands of the inquiry.
Commenting on her appointment, Professor Davidson, who is Co-Director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies at Middlesex, said: "I am pleased to be able to contribute to this important inquiry and to work alongside eminent colleagues in providing advice to the Panel."
Professor Davidson has directed a considerable amount of international and national research with child victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse spanning 30 years and is currently directing a European Commission-funded study spanning four EU countries exploring industry and policing practice in the prevention of online child abuse.