Professor Corinne May-Chahal



I am an applied social scientist dedicated to research that makes a difference to the way in which children and adults can keep safe in a digital world. My focus is on the socio-technical aspects of human security through developing and applying new technologies; initially in ISIS which created software to identify age and gender deception in computer mediated communication, followed by UDesignIT co-producing applications to facilitate the reporting of community concerns and iCOP (identifying child abuse image originations in Peer to Peer networks). After completing a degree in Sociology and training as a social worker I initially conducted research aimed at improving children’s participation in services designed to safeguard them. My PhD (Child Abuse Troubles, Lancaster University, 1996) and early books (Child Sexual Abuse: Listening, Hearing and Validating The Experiences of Children (1989), Making a Case in Child Protection (1992) & Child Sexual Abuse: Responding to the Experiences of Children, (1999)) impacted on policy through membership of the Home Office Pigot Code of Practice Steering Group which drafted the Memorandum of Good Practice on Video Recorded Interviews with Child Witnesses for Criminal Proceedings (1992), membership of the WHO Prevention of Violence Initiative drafting the World Report on Violence and Health (2002) which introduced a public health approach to violence. I have researched the ways in which different European countries respond to violence against children through several EU collaborations (the Concerted Action on the Prevention of Child Abuse in Europe (CAPCAE), CUPICSO (Collection and Use of Personal Information on Child Sex Offenders in Europe), SIFS (Social Inclusion and Family Support), PANDORA (Confidentiality and the Response to Children in 5 European Countries) and CAHRV (Co-ordination Action on Human Rights Violation). In addition I research resilience and support needs in adulthood (through an ESRC funded longitudinal study on gambling and crime - Tracking Vulnerability and Resilience in Gambling Crime Careers).

Rapid Evidence Assessment: Characteristics and vulnerabilities of victims of online-facilitated child sexual abuse and exploitation
May-Chahal, C.A., Palmer, C.E. 22/01/2018 Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. 1 p.
Commissioned report

Gambling harm and crime careers
May-Chahal, C.A., Humphreys, L.N., Clifton, A.K., Francis, B.J., Reith, G. 1/03/2017 In: Journal of Gambling Studies. 33, 1, p. 65-84. 20 p.
Journal article

Glocal social work
Lyons, K., May-Chahal, C.A. 02/2017 In: European Journal of Social Work. 20, 1, 4 p.

Study on comprehensive policy review of anti-trafficking projects funded by the European Commission: HOME/2014/ISFP/PR/THBX/0052
Walby, S., Towers, J., Francis, B.J., Shire, K., Kelly, L., Apitzsch, B., Armstrong, J.E., Balderston, S., Fish, A.R., Hardaker, C., Kirby, S., May-Chahal, C.A., Palmer, C.E. 17/10/2016 Publications Office of the European Union. 106 p.
Commissioned report

Study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings
Walby, S., Apitzsch, B., Armstrong, J.E., Balderston, S., Szmagalska-Follis, K., Francis, B.J., Kelly, L., May-Chahal, C.A., Rashid, A., Shire, K., Towers, J., Tunte, M. 16/03/2016
Other contribution

Stopping rape: towards a comprehensive policy
Walby, S., Olive, P., Towers, J., Francis, B., Strid , S., Krizsan, A., Lombardo , E., May-Chahal, C., Franzway , S., Sugarman, D., Aganwal, B., Armstrong, J. 22/07/2015 Bristol : Policy Press. 308 p. ISBN: 9781447322092.

Managing emergent ethical concerns for software engineering in society
Rashid, A., Moore, K., May-Chahal, C., Chitchyan, R. 16/06/2015
Conference contribution/Paper

Safeguarding cyborg childhoods: incorporating the on/offline behaviour of children into everyday social work practices
May-Chahal, C., Mason, C., Rashid, A., Walkerdine, J., Rayson, P., Greenwood, P. 2014 In: British Journal of Social Work. 44, 3, p. 596-614. 19 p.
Journal article

Overview of the worldwide best practices for rape prevention and for assisting women victims of rape
Walby, S., Olive, P., Towers, J., Francis, B., Strid , S., Krizsán , A., Lombardo , E., May-Chahal, C., Franzway , S., Sugarman, D., Agarwal , B. 10/10/2013 European Parliament. 212 p.
Commissioned report

Who am I? Analysing Digital Personas in Cybercrime Investigations
Rashid, A., Baron, A., Rayson, P., May-Chahal, C., Greenwood, P., Walkerdine, J. 04/2013 In: Computer. 46, 4, p. 54-61. 8 p.
Journal article

Promoting an Evidence-Informed Approach to Addressing Problem Gambling in UK Prison Populations
May-Chahal, C., Wilson, A., Humphreys, L., Anderson, J. 09/2012 In: The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 51, 4, p. 372–386. 15 p.
Journal article

Engaging community support in safeguarding adults from self-neglect
May-Chahal, C., Antrobus, R. 2012 In: British Journal of Social Work. 42, 8, p. 1478-1494. 17 p.
Journal article

Breaching Private Life with Authority: Finding a necessary feature of social work
May-Chahal, C., Man Kwong, H. 22/12/2011 In: Qualitative Social Work. 10, 4, p. 520-536. 17 p.
Journal article

Forensics Software for Detecting Online Paedophile Activity
Walkerdine, J., Greenwood, P., Rashid, A., Rayson, P., May-Chahal, C., Duquenoy, P., Watson, P., Jones, M., Brennan, M. 11/2009
Conference paper

Supporting Law Enforcement in Digital Communities through Natural Language Analysis
Hughes, D., Rayson, P., Walkerdine, J., Lee, K., Greenwood, P., Rashid, A., May-Chahal, C., Brennan, M. 2008
Conference contribution/Paper

Making a case for common assessment framework responses to concerns about children
Thorpe, D., Regan, S., Mason, C., May-Chahal, C. 2007 In: Social Work and Social Sciences Review. 12, 3, p. 40-56. 17 p.
Journal article

Making enquiries under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989.
May-Chahal, C.A., Mason, C. 2007 In: The child protection handbook : the practitioner's guide to safeguarding children. Edinburgh : Balliere Tindall p. 232-245. 14 p. ISBN: 0702028290 (pbk.).

Integrating objects of intervention and organisational relevance: the case of safeguarding children missing from education systems.
Broadhurst, K.E., May-Chahal, C. 11/2006 In: Child Abuse Review. 15, 6, p. 440-455. 16 p.
Journal article

Child maltreatment in the family: a European perspective.
May-Chahal, C.A., Bertotti,, T., Cerezo,, M., Di-Blasio,, P. 1/05/2006 In: European Journal of Social Work. 9, 1, p. 3-20. 18 p.
Journal article

Gender and child maltreatment: the evidence base.
May-Chahal, C.A. 1/01/2006 In: Social Work and Society. 4, 1
Journal article

Measuring child maltreatment in the United Kingdom: A study of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect
May-Chahal, C., Cawson, P. 02/2005 In: Child Abuse & Neglect. 29, 9, p. 943.
Journal article

Child sexual abuse in Europe.
May-Chahal, C.A., Herczog, M. 2003 Council of Europe Publishing. 246 p. ISBN: 9287151180.

Evaluating Family Support: A European Perspective
Wattam, C., Cooper, L., Katz, I. 2003 In: Evaluating Family Support: Thinking Internationally, Thinking Critically. Chichester : Wiley Electronic ISBN: 9780470864685.

Safeguarding children and young people.
May-Chahal, C., Coleman, S. 2003 London : Routledge. 192 p. ISBN: 9780415275484.

Social Exclusion, Family Support and Evaluation.
May-Chahal, C., Katz, I., Cooper, L. 2003 In: Evaluating family support : thinking internationally, thinking critically. Chichester : Wiley p. 45-72. 28 p. ISBN: 0471497231.

A sociological approach to child witness research.
May-Chahal, C.A. 2002 In: Children's Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice. Wiley 345 p. ISBN: 0-471-49172-1.

Wattam, C. 1999 In: Child Sexual Abuse: Responding to the Experiences of Children. Chichester : Wiley ISBN: 9780471983347.

The Prevention of Child Abuse
Wattam, C. 1999 In: Children and Society. 13, 4, p. 317-329. 13 p.
Journal article

Child Protection: Risk and the Moral Order
Wattam, C., Parton, N., Thorpe, D.H. 1997 Basingstoke : Macmillan. 276 p. ISBN: 9780333629475.

Is the Criminalisation of Child Harm and Injury in the Interests of Children?
Wattam, C. 1997 In: Children and Society. 11, 2, p. 97-107. 10 p.
Journal article

Making a Case in Child Protection
Wattam, C. 1992 Harlow : Longman. 207 p. ISBN: 9780582092815.

Investigating Child Sexual Abuse: A Question of Relevance
Wattam, C. 1989 In: Child Sexual Abuse: Listening, Hearing and Validating The Experiences of children . Harlow : Wiley p. 27-43. 17 p. ISBN: 9780582056473.