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Promoting professional curiosity & challenge

Engaging individuals and organisations to critically reflect on practice

We apply an intersectional lens to all of our work

In this clip we explain what intersectionality is and its application to practice.

Kimberlé Crenshaw (1991) identified that a person’s interactions with the world are not just solely based on one aspect of their identity but are layered and multifaceted; interactions in which racism, sexism, ableism, classism and homophobia are experienced simultaneously.

Adultification is one of our core research and practice strands

In this clip we explain what ‘adultification’ is and its impact on child safeguarding.

As the leading voice on adultification in child protection and safeguarding we consider how adultification bias influences what support professionals and wider services provide children and young people.

Professional Inter-Adultification, The PIA Model

“The concept of adultification is when notions of innocence and vulnerability are not afforded to certain children. This is determined by people and institutions who hold power over children and young people. When adultification occurs outside of the home it is always founded within discrimination and bias.

There are various definitions of adultification, all relate to a child’s personal characteristics, socio-economic influences and/or their lived experiences. Regardless of the context in which adultification takes place, the impact results in children’s rights being either diminished or overlooked.”

Davis and Marsh, 2020. View full-sized version of the model.