Dr Theresa Redmond

Dawes Senior Research Fellow

Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER)

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Child and sexual abuse and exploitation , Gendered violence , Sociology

Research Supervision:Yes

Theresa is a subject specialist in child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE), gendered violence and how individuals make sense of their experiences. She takes an interdisciplinary approach and is currently leading and working on a variety of CSAE related projects within the PIER team.

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Theresa has extensive frontline practise-based experience in social care and in education. For many years, she worked with and supported people with learning disabilities, people experiencing mental health challenges, and children and young people at risk of, or experiencing, sexual exploitation and abuse.

Theresa is an experienced social sciences teacher and trainer, facilitating learning and workshops with HE students, professionals and third sector organisations on aspects of CSAE.

Theresa’s interest in researching child sexual exploitation and abuse, as a specific form of gendered violence, is focused on how it is experienced and made sense of by victims/survivors, parents and responding agencies, and developing policy and practice responses to challenge mutual mistrust that can develop between these social actors.

Before joining the PIER team, Theresa was a researcher for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and an Assistant Facilitator in the Inquiry’s Truth Project.

Research interests

  • Violence against women and girls
  • Child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE)
  • Sense-making and understandings of consent, agency and exchange within CSAE from personal and professional perspectives.
  • Feminist methodologies
  • Narrative Inquiry and analysis

Areas of research supervision

Child sexual abuse and exploitation


  • PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Hull
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, University of Hull
  • MSc Psychology and Investigation (awarded with Distinction), University of Huddersfield
  • PGCE Social Sciences and Citizenship (awarded with Distinction), Manchester Metropolitan University, Qualified Teacher Status Awarded in 2005
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration (First Class), Leeds Metropolitan University

Selected recent publications

Zammit, J., Senker, S., Redmond, T., Bows, H., 2021. Contemporary case file analysis of child sexual abuse in institutional settings. Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) July, 2021.

Brown, S., Redmond, T., Rees, D., Ford, S., King, S., 2020. ‘Truth Project Thematic Report. Child sexual abuse in the context of schools. Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), December 2020. Rodger, H., Hurcombe, R., Redmond, T., George, R., 2020. “People don’t talk about it”. Child sexual abuse and ethnic minority communities. Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), June 2020. Redmond, T., 2020. Navigating the borderlands: Adult survivors’ experiences of child sexual exploitation. In Clisby, S (Ed.), 2020. Gender, Sexuality and Identities of the Borderlands: Queering the Margins (London: Routledge).

Recent presentations and conferences

2018 - Centre of Expertise on Child Abuse PhD Conference, London Metropolitan University - presentation title: ‘Experiences of non-abusive parents whose child has been sexually exploited outside the family and home.’

2017 - 8th Annual Social Work Summer Conference, Sheffield Hallam University - presentation title: ‘Agency, exchange and sense-making in survivors’ responses to sexual exploitation.’

2016 - ‘Borderlands Conference, University of Hull - presentation title: ‘An exploration of the relationship between discourse and narratives of child sexual exploitation and the impact they have on victims/survivors.’

2015 - ‘Violence against Women and Girls’ Conference - Member of expert panel, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), Hull.