Ella Cockbain
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Ella Cockbain is a researcher specialising in human trafficking and child sexual exploitation (CSE). Based at University College London's Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, Ella works with a unique set of sources, including police investigative files, interviews with convicted offenders, court data, third sector case files and youth offending records. Ella is currently completing a PhD assessing group offending patterns in cases involving British children trafficked within the UK for sexual exploitation (often dubbed 'on-street grooming'). Her analysis of the complexities and challenges involved should inform innovative, evidence-based counter-measures that help prevent crimes, protect victims and secure prosecutions. Her commitment to real-world research has led to successful collaborations with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Ella develops and delivers training for diverse audiences, including police officers, social workers and healthcare providers. She has also recently advised the NSPCC on new films for awareness and therapeutic work and helped SOCA develop a national threat alert on CSE. Alongside teaching commitments and presentations at conferences, seminars and workshops, Ella regularly publishes academic articles, which can be found at http://ucl.academia.edu/EllaCockbain . Her research has been cited in key national reports and policy documents, including the Government's National Action Plan on Tackling CSE. Ella also contributes to media debate around CSE and related issues, appearing on international TV and radio and authoring commentaries for the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/ella-cockbain)

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The Office of the Children's Commissioners CSE Report: A Missed Opportunity?

(1) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (22:29)

The Office of the Children's Commissioner's (OCC) interim report on child sexual exploitation (CSE) in England launched yesterday to a barrage of criticism, including claims of a 'half-baked methodology' and deliberate blindness to racial crime trends. Among the most vociferous of critics was the Times, the inventor of the spurious...

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