Bringing innovation to child protection & safeguarding
Embedding intersectionality & systemic thinking in child protection practice, policy & research
At Listen Up we believe that all voices matter and that all voices should be heard.
We will continue to amplify the experiences of minoritised and marginalised children and young people until all children are seen, heard and protected.
“Reaching out to Listen Up was the best thing I could have done, they provided me with such valuable information, knowledge and skills around embedding an intersectional approach into casework”Nicole Walsh, Young Women’s Service Manager at Women & Girls Network
Meet our team
Our team brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills. We have extensive experience in child protection and safeguarding, service design and evaluation.
“Jahnine and Nick understand what makes research meaningful and relevant for practitioners, and how to offer challenge and new thinking to support professionals and services safeguard young people who are less heard or visible. Resources they have written for us on male and Black female victims of child sexual abuse help social workers use Community Care Inform to address potential gaps in knowledge and practice. One of our most popular pages this year has been Listen Up’s guide to applying intersectionality when working with adolescents – Jahnine and Nick’s practice experience and accessible approach to theory and research make this a valuable addition to our site.”Joanna Silman, Content Editor, Community Care Inform
“The report Listen Up Research did for us was much appreciated. It was received ahead of time, was balanced and well referenced. Listen Up Research evidently took the time to consider how to present their thoughts in a way that would be easy for the panel and chair/author to navigate against the report. I appreciated the challenge and enquiry evident in the report and think it will help us to ensure that the quality we seek is there in the final draft. I hope that the Listen Up report will help the review panel be more specific in their analysis, conclusions and recommendations. This will lead to greater learning in the long term.”Stephanie McBurney, Domestic and Sexual Violence Team Manager
“Jahnine ran two great learning sessions for us on The Experiences of Black girls in Child Sexual Abuse Research. The session I attended was really eye-opening and enlightening about the many ways Black girls’ experiences get discounted and excluded from research. Jahnine provided the time and space for reflections on what her research findings mean for practice, and created a safe space for discussion. Her expertise, experience and passion was clear, and we look forward to continuing to work with Listen Up Research.”Maria Tuck, Head of Impact, NSPCC
“Thank you Listen Up for your recently delivery of the Adultification training for the Barnardo’s ICTG team. The session was a great balance of theory and practice based input and was very well received by the team. Feedback after the session from staff was excellent, some examples of their comments are: “Really enjoyed it, refreshing and reflective” “Really good, totally relevant all the way through” “Such great, challenging training” “So good and definitely got my brain ticking about how I can use it in my work” “Lots of reflections and learning for us as a service” Thank you again for such an excellent session – we’re already looking at booking further input from Listen Up”Emma Hawley – Children’s Services Manager – Barnardo’s ICTA Service