Professor Corinne May-Chahal
Professor of Applied Social Science
Degree: BA Hons (Sociology, Lancaster), CQSW, DASS, PhD (Sociology, Lancaster)
Associated research centres and groups: Assure Evaluation, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Child care, child protection and children in care, Child Welfare Research Unit CWRU, Social Work
Children and Families (MA)
Current Doctoral Supervision Areas: Self Neglect in Older People, Financial Exclusion, Gambling and PublicHealth, ChildWelfare, Emotional Literacy, Social Work Practices.
Social Responsibility and Gambling
Professor May-Chahal has recently focused her research on young people and gambling and social impact assessment of changing gambling opportunities. Areview of research on young people and gambling in the UK was published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a technical report Young People and Gambling in Britain. The Lancaster research team, led by Professor May-Chahal, are working in the areas of health and social impact assessment, community impact assessments, gambling, debt and help seeking and developing a public health approach in gambling. They have recently completed a scoping exercise for the DCMS on Assessing the Impact of the Gambling Act, 2005, leading a consortium of researchers including Prof. Rachel Volberg, Prof. Peter Collins, Dr. David Forrest and the Hon. Phillida Bunkle. The final report can be viewed at http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/research_and_statistics/4864.aspx.
She is currently leading 2 research projects:
OffGam (with Jill Anderson and Allie Wilson) researching gambling in prisons, including the evaluation of cognitive behavioural interventions to address gambling problems in the prison environment, funded by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust;
An ESRC Seminar Series on International Transformations: Preventing UK Gambling Harm. A report from the first three seminars which focused on research, the gambling industry and policy can be found on the RIGT website (http://www.rigt.org.uk/research/101.asp).
I am also involved in the ESRC/EPSRC funded Isis project (Lancaster University, Middlesex University and Swansea University), which aims to develop ethics-centred monitoring framework and tools for supporting law enforcement agencies in policing online social networks for the purpose of protecting children. For more information, see http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/isis/
Child care and comparative child welfare
Prof. May-Chahal has developed substantial experience in comparative European social policy in child welfare through her involvement in several European funded research collaborations. Amongst completed projects are the Concerted Action on the Prevention of Child Abuse in Europe (CAPCAE) a project funded under the EC Biomed II programme for which she was co-ordinator, CUPICSO (Collection and Use Of Personal Information on Child Sex Offenders in Europe), SIFS (Social Inclusion and Family Support), and PANDORA (Confidentiality and the Response to Child Sexual Abuse in 5 European Countries). She is has recently completed work on protective factors for human rights violations as part of the Co-ordination Action on Human Rights Violation (CAHRV).
National projects include Measuring the Prevalence of Child Maltreatment in the UK (Cawson et. al. 2000) and The Relationship between Child Death and Child Maltreatment, (May-Chahal et al, 2003).
Regional projects have included Developing Collaborative Commissioning Models for Looked After Children with the North West ADSS and NCH Action for Children, Missing Children (with Blackpool and CYPU) and evaluation of the Children's Fund in St Helen's
Selection of published works
Safeguarding Children and Young People with Stella Coleman, London : Routledge 2003.
Child Sexual Abuse in Europe with Maria Herczog, Strasbourg : Council of Europe , 2003.
(As Wattam, C.)
Child Protection: Risk and the Moral Order, with Parton, N. and Thorpe, D. H. Macmillan 1997.
Making a Case in Child Protection, Harlow: Longman (now Pavillion), 1992.
b) Chapters and Journal Articles
Integrating Objects of Intervention and Organizational Relevance: The Case of Safeguarding Children Missing from Education Systems, with Broadhurst, K., Child Abuse Review, 15: 440-455, 2006.
Gender and Child Maltreatment: The Evidence Base, Social Work and Society, The International Online-only Journal, 4(1), 2006, ISSN: 1613-8953
Child Maltreatment in the Family: A European Perspective with >T. Bertotti, P. Di Blasio, M.A. Cerezo, M. Gerard, A. Grevot, F. Lamers, K. McGrath, D.H. Thorpe, U. Thyen, A. Al-Hamad, European Journal of Social Work, 9(1), March 2006, pp.3-20
Measuring child maltreatment in the United Kingdom : A study of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect, with P. Cawson, Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 29(9), pp.943-1070, September 2005.
Evaluating Family Support: A European Perspective, with Cooper, L. and Katz, I. in Katz, I. and Pinkerton, J. (eds.) Evaluating Family Support: Thinking Internationally, Thinking Critically,. Chichester : Wiley, 2003.
A Sociological Approach to Child Witness Research, in Westcott, H, Davies, G., and Bull, R., (eds.) Children's Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice, Chichester : Wiley, 2002.
(As Wattam, C.)
Confidentiality in Child Sexual Abuse: Responding to the Experiences of Children. (Wattam, C. Parton, N. eds) Wiley, 1999, ISBN. 0-471-98334-9.
The Prevention of Child Abuse. Children and Society, Volume 13, 1999, pp. 317-329 CCC 0951-0605/99/040317-13
Is the Criminalisation of Child Harm and Injury in the Interests of Children? Children and Society. Vol 11, 1997, pp 97-107. CCC 0951-0605/97/020097.
Investigating Child Sexual Abuse: A Question of Relevance, in Blagg, H. Hughes, J. and Wattam, C. (eds) Child Sexual Abuse: Listening, Hearing and Validating The Experiences of children Longmans, 1989, reprinted Wiley, 1997, pp 27-43, ISBN 0-471-97281-9.
Potential Doctoral Proposals
Any of the above
Gambling, Social Responsibility, Co-Morbidity and Gambling Addiction, Health and Social Impact Assessment, any aspect of Child Welfare.
ESRC/RIGT International Seminar February 4 2009
ESRC/RIGT International Transformations: Preventing UK Gambling Harm
Next Seminar February 4th 2009 at 1 Great George Street, London, focusing on Local Authorities.
Attendance by invitation only.
For further information contact RIGT Natalie Simpson email@example.com
International Transformations Events 29/30 October 2007
The summary report of this first event held as part of an ESRC Seminar Series in London on the 29/30 October, 2007 in the context of the full implementation of the UK Gambling Act 2005 will be made available by the end of December. The series has three over arching themes:
- Identifying priority data needs for protecting the vulnerable in the context of the tri-partite model for regulation (Gambling Commission, licensing authorities and Government). How can research from the UK and abroad help meet these data needs?
- Developing partnerships between the gambling industry, statutory agencies, researchers and the third sector for measuring and monitoring social, health, cultural and economic impacts of new gambling opportunities.
- Translating research evidence gathered elsewhere in the world. Drawing on the international research base, we will examine the extent to which findings could and should be applied in the UK to maximize benefits and minimize harms.
The seminar series includes a research session (restricted by invitation), led by international researchers and practitioners, an industry briefing and a policy briefing with a follow up event planned in 2008.
Questions to be addressed by participants are:
à What do we know about gambling related harms, benefits, measurement, trends?
à How do we Prevent harm?
à What works in education and public awareness initiatives?
à Which treatments work and for whom?
à How should the gambling industry approach harms, treatment and social responsibility? >
à What should guide a public policy response?
A number of outputs are proposed, including: Media dissemination of key issues; Evidence based briefings for key stakeholders and an updated national gambling research strategy. The seminar will be co-sponsored by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Associated Keywords: Applied Social Science, Child abuse and neglect, Child maltreatment, Complexity, Confidentiality, Criminal justice, Epistemology, Evaluation, Family justice, Gambling, Gender, Harm reduction, Health and Social Impact Assessment, Health inequalities, Integration, Knowledge exchange, Mental and emotional well-being, Missing children, Policy and practice improvement, Public health, Quality of life, Research ethics, Research methods, Service design, Social harm, Social work, Violence
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