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Research interests

My experience in child protection social work, coupled with an interest in listening to how children are affected by social issues, informed my PhD research into ‘Child Trafficking’, exploring the experiences of separated children on the move. I explored children’s experiences of separation, migration and child abuse. This research uniquely listened to, and gave voice to, children’s experiences of their childhood, of child abuse and exploitation first hand. The research also facilitated understanding in how children experience domestic child protection systems.

My research interests lie in qualitative and child-focused research exploring children’s worlds, child protection and children’s rights. I have an interest in developing increased participation of children in social work research and practice.

External positions

External Examiner, University of Wales

11 Jul 201830 Sep 2022

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Projects 2018 2019

Child Trafficking Public Engagement Project

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Project: Research-related funding

ESRC Festival of Social Science

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Project: Research council

Engaging trafficked young people with research

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Project: Research-related funding

Research Output 2014 2019

Child Trafficking: Young People’s Experiences of Front-Line Services in England

Gearon, A., 15 Feb 2019, In : British Journal of Criminology. 59, 2, p. 481-500 20 p., azy042.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Criminal Law

Child Trafficking: Young people’s voices informing policy and practice

Gearon, A., 28 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Criminalized, not listened to, or believed. Trafficked young people's experiences of services in England.

Gearon, A., 1 May 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Music and dance: Creative steps in child trafficking research

Gearon, A., 25 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

‘Trafficking and modern-day slavery’

Gearon, A., 25 Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


'Child trafficking': Experiences of separated children on the move

Author: Gearon, A., 19 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Brown, S. (Supervisor) & Butler, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD