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I am an applied social researcher with an interest in methodologies and processes of ‘engagement’. In particular I have developed methods to engage young people in discussions about both Contextual Safeguarding approaches, and the harm they may experience in extra-familial contexts; and I have theorised about service and structural challenges in engaging young people in offers of support. Historically I have undertaken work on definitions of, and policy frameworks that respond to, exploitation across public health and social care. I have also researched the safety of young people in the school environment since 2016, as part of the Beyond Referrals project