Professor of Child Abuse and Neglect Simon Hackett, BA (Hons), MA (Econ), CQSW, DCTHE, PhD
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I am Professor of Child Abuse and Neglect in the School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS) at Durham University. I am also Principal of St Mary's College.
As Principal of St Mary's, I am responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the College. St Mary's is one of Durham's oldest colleges and comprises a community of approximately 900 undergraduates and over 100 postgraduates from all disciplines. See the College website at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/st-marys.college/
In the SASS, I teach primarily on the MSW and criminology programmes. I also have a group of research students under my supervision on areas of my research (see below).
I am Vice Chair of the University's Ethics Advisory Committee and Chair of Durham University's Safeguarding Management Group.
Outside the University, I am involved in a range of activities relating to my areas of specialism.
I am Chair of NOTA, a child protection charity and professional association with branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. NOTA promotes work with offenders as a way of safeguarding children and preventing sexual abuse. See: www.nota.co.uk.
I am Independent Chair of the Durham Diocesan Safeguarding Management Group.
Appointed by the Secretary of State, I am Non-Executive Director of Doncaster Children’s Trust.
I am Expert Adviser for the NICE Centre for Guidelines.
I act as Academic Advisor to the Board of CAFCASS.
I am Trustee of DFW Adoption, a local adoption charity. See: www.dfw.org.uk
I was member of the ESRC's Grant Assessment Panel 'B' (until 2015) and was previously research advisor to the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and Special Advisor to the Department of Health/ NIMHE Violence and Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme.
Between 2013-2016, I was Deputy Head (Research) of the Durham Colleges. In 2011, I was Deputy Head of Faculty (Research) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health at Durham. Between 2008-2011, I was Head of SASS. In my Faculty role, I had responsibilities for the management of research across the Faculty and chaired the Faculty Research and Ethics Committees. As Head of SASS, I had overall responsibility for the running of the School, its degree programmes, research, budget and academic community.
I rejoined the University in September 2006 having been Professor of Child Welfare at the University of Bedfordshire and, before that, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Durham. I was previously Tutor at the University of Manchester.
Prior to working in a university setting, I was a practitioner in the child protection field. I was Programme Director and co-founder of G-MAP, one of the UK’s leading organisations working with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours. I was a Child Protection Officer with the NSPCC in Manchester for seven years and I was part of a team set up to investigate allegations of institutional abuse arising from the North Wales Child Abuse Inquiry. I also worked for several local authorities in both youth justice and child protection teams.
My research relates largely to child maltreatment in its various forms and to professional responses designed to safeguard children’s welfare.
I am involved in the recently established National Centre of Expertise in Child Sexual Abuse, funded by the Home Office and led by Barnardo's. Current funded research projects include an evaluation of the Durham Child Advocacy Centre approach to child sexual abuse, funded by Durham Constabulary and the Home Office.
With Professor John Carpenter of the University of Bristol, I recently completed the largest RCT undertaken to date internationally on interventions for children who have been sexually abused, as part of a research programme funded by NSPCC.
In 2016, I was funded by NICE to undertake an evidence review, in conjunction with colleagues at Sheffield, on harmful sexual behaviours and I was expert member of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committee which produced national guidance on this topic, see: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-phg66
Previous studies include an ESRC funded study (as PI) of the long-term outcomes of professional interventions with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours which was undertaken with Professor Helen Masson of the University of Huddersfield. My previous research has focused on service provision, policy and user perspectives in relation to the young people involved in the child welfare system. Other completed projects include an evaluation of the impact of interagency training in safeguarding children for the Department for Education.
I am first author of the recently developed NSPCC national operational framework on harmful sexual behaviours which is available at: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/research-and-resources/2016/harmful-sexual-behaviour-framework/
For a recent blog discussing this framework, please see: http://bit.ly/2luPQtW
My educational background
I have studied at the Universities of Hull, Manchester and Durham. My first degree at the University of Hull was in modern languages (French and German). I hold a MA (Econ) in Social Policy and Social Work from the University of Manchester, as well as a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW). I hold the Durham Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (DCTHE). My PhD in Social Sciences was completed at the University of Hull on the subject of children and young people who sexually offend.
Collaborations and PhD student enquiries
I am keen to collaborate with other researchers from across the world who share my interests. If you are interested in undertaking a PhD under my supervision, I would be delighted to hear from you directly about your ideas and to discuss opportunities to work with you at Durham. I have extensive supervisory experiences and an outstanding record of PhD completions. I hold the Durham University Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Award.
A list of my current and recently completed PhD supervisees is included below (see section entitled 'supervises'). Their projects are diverse and range from work on child abuse, sexual abuse and sexual offending, children and sexuality, gender, and safeguarding in the UK and internationally.
Research students who have recently successfully completed their PhDs under my supervision include: Dr Josie Phillips on therapeutic relationships; Dr Evgenia Stepanova on children in institutional care in Russia; Dr Sarah Greenhow on adoption; Dr Eric Baumgartner on masculinity and the youth justice system; Dr Lesley Deacon on harmful sexual behaviours in childhood; Dr Beth Casey on child neglect; Dr Chris Jones on adoptive family life; Dr Nashmi Al-Anazi on the physical punishment of children in Saudi Arabia; Dr Lukman Mohamad on child prostitution in Malaysia; Dr Abi Taylor on professional decision making; and, Dr Helen McIlveen on models of sexual health service provision. It is a privilege to have worked with such talented individuals who have made an enormous contribution to their fields.
- Mapping and Exploring Services for Children and Young People who have Sexually Abused
- An explorationof Post Adoption Depression Syndrome (PADS). What is it? What are its causes? And what are adopters' experiences?
- Animal and Child Maltreatment
- Child Advocacy Project
- Evaluating Inter-professional Training for Safeguarding Children
- Letting the Future In: helping children and young people overcome the effects of sexual abuse
- Recidivism, desistence and life course trajectories of young sexual abusers
- Step Up to Social Work Longitudinal Evaluation
- Child maltreatment and safeguarding children
- Children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours
- Sexual abuse and sexual offending
- Child development
- International comparative social welfare
- Risk and resilience
- Therapeutic interventions with children
- User participation in social welfare
- Adoption and out-of-home care
- Firmin, C. & Hackett, S. (Forthcoming). Advancing responses to harmful sexual behaviours in childhood: new, contextual and emerging evidence.
- Hackett, S. (2014). Children and Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviours. Dartington: Research In Practice.
Chapter in book
- Hackett, S. (Forthcoming). Assessing the needs of children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviours. In The Child's World (Third Edition). Horwath, J. & Platt, D. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
- Hackett, S. (2017). Researching Child Sexual Assault: Towards a Child Sensitive Methodology. In Research Ethics in Criminology. Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions. Cowburn, M., Gelsthorpe, L. & Wahidin, A. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 133-149.
- Hackett, S., Murphy, M. & Ross, K. (2017). Young people with harmful sexual behaviours. In Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of Young Offenders. Bailey, S., Tarbuck, P. & Chitsabesan, P. Cambridge Cambridge University Press.
- Hackett, S., Balfe, M., Masson, H. & Phillips, J. (2016). A Study of Long-term Outcomes of Children with Harmful Sexual Behaviours: Using Social Media to Reach and Engage a 'Hard-to-reach' Population. In Innovations in Social Work Research. Using Methods Creatively. Hardwick, L., Smith, R. & Worsley, A. London: Jessica Kingsley. 92-106.
- Stepanova, E. & Hackett, S. (2016). Improving Institutional Care to Enhance Outcomes for Care Leavers in Russia. In Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care. International Research, Policy and Practice. Mendes, P. & Snow, P. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 367-388.
- Hackett, S. (2015). Child Protection: International Issues. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition). Wright, J. Elsevier. 423-429.
- Hackett, S. (2012). The place that theory plays in child protection social work. In Social Work with Children and Families. Davies, M. Palgrave MacMillan. 121-134.
- Hackett, S. (2010). Children, young people and sexual violence. In Children Behaving Badly: Exploring peer violence between children and young people. Barter, C. & Berridge, D. London: Blackwell Wiley.
- Hackett, S. & Taylor, A. (2008). School Responses to Children with Harmful Sexual Behaviours. In Safeguarding Children and Schools. Baginsky, M. London: Jessica Kingsley.
- Calder, M. & Hackett, S. (2013). Assessment in child care. Using and developing frameworks for practice. Second edition. Russell House Publishing.
- Hackett, S., Masson, H., Balfe, M. & Phillips, J. (Forthcoming). Desistance from adolescent sexual offending: life course trajectories of young people with harmful sexual behaviours.
- Jessiman, P., Hackett, S. & Carpenter, J. (2017). Children's and carers' perspectives of a therapeutic intervention for children affected by sexual abuse. Child & Family Social Work 22(2): 1024-1033.
- Fishburn, S., Meins, E., Greenhow, S., Jones, C., Hackett, S., Biehal, N., Baldwin, H., Cusworth, L. & Wade, J. (2017). Mind-Mindedness in Parents of Looked After Children. Developmental Psychology 53(10): 1954-1965.
- Greenhow, S., Hackett, S., Jones, C. & Meins, E. (2016). The Maintenance of Traditional and Technological Forms of Post-Adoption Contact. Child Abuse Review 25(5): 373-385.
- Greenhow, S., Hackett, S., Jones, C. & Meins, E. (2015). Adoptive family experiences of post-adoption contact in an Internet era. Child & Family Social Work 22(s1): 44-52.
- Hackett, S., Masson, H., Balfe, M. & Phillips, J. (2015). Community reactions to young people who have sexually abused and their families: a Shotgun blast, not a rifle shot. Children and Society 29(4): 243-254.
- Masson, H., Hackett, S., Phillips, J. & Balfe, M. (2015). Developmental markers of risk or vulnerability? Young females who sexually abuse: characteristics, backgrounds, behaviours and outcomes. Child and Family Social Work 20(1): 19-29.
- Balfe, M., Gallagher, B., Masson, H., Balfe, S., Brugha, R. & Hackett, S. (2015). Internet child sex offenders’ concerns about online security and their use of identity protection technologies a review. Child abuse review 24(6): 427-439.
- Hackett, S. & Taylor, A. (2014). Decision Making in Social Work with Children and Families: The Use of Experiential and Analytical Cognitive Processes. The British Journal of Social Work 44(8): 2182-2199.
- Hackett, S., Balfe, M., Masson, H. & Phillips, J. (2014). Family responses to young people who have sexually abused: anger, ambivalence and acceptance. Children and Society 28(2): 128-139.
- Masson, H., Hackett, S., Phillips, J. & Balfe, M. (2014). Looking back on the long-term fostering and adoption of children with harmful sexual behaviours: carers’ reflections on their experiences. British Journal of Social Work 44(8): 2200-2217.
- Smith, C., Allardyce, S., Hackett, S., Bradbury-Jones, C., Lazenbatt, A. & Taylor, J (2014). Practice and policy in the UK with children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviours: an analysis and critical review. Journal of Sexual Aggression 20(3): 267-280.
- Stepanova, E. & Hackett, S. (2014). Understanding Care Leavers in Russia: Young People's Experiences of Institutionalisation. Australian Social Work 67(1): 118-134.
- Hackett, S., Phillips, J., Masson, H. & Balfe, M. (2013). Individual, Family and Abuse Characteristics of 700 British Child and Adolescent Sexual Abusers. Child Abuse Review 22(4): 232–245.
- Hackett, S., Carpenter, J., Patsios, D. & Szilassy, E. (2013). Interprofessional and interagency training for working with young people with harmful sexual behaviours: An evaluation of outcomes. Journal of Sexual Aggression 19(3): 329-344.
- Masson, H., Balfe, M., Hackett, S. & Phillips, J. (2013). Lost without a Trace? Social Networking and Social Research with a Hard-to-Reach Population. British Journal of Social Work 43(1): 24-40.
- Masson, H., Balfe, M., Hackett, S. & Phillips, J. (2012). Making use of historical case material: the problems of looking back and the implications for service development in relation to research and evaluation activities. Journal of Sexual Aggression 18(1): 112-122.
- Jones, C. & Hackett. S. (2012). Redefining Family Relationships Following Adoption: Adoptive Parents' Perspectives on the Changing Nature of Kinship between Adoptees and Birth Relatives. British Journal of Social Work 42(2): 283-299.
- Carpenter, J., Patsios, D., Szilassy, E. & Hackett, S. (2011). Outcomes of Short Course Interprofessional Education in Parental Mental Illness and Child Protection: Self-Efficacy, Attitudes and Knowledge. Social Work Education 30(2): 195-206.
- Carpenter, J., Patsios, D., Szilassy, E. & Hackett, S. (2011). Outcomes of short course interprofessional training in parental mental illness and child protection safeguarding children self-efficacy, attitudes and knowledge. Social work education the international journal 30(2): 195-206.
- Jones, C. & Hackett, S. (2011). The Role of 'Family Practices' and 'Displays of Family' in the Creation of Adoptive Kinship. British Journal of Social Work 41(1): 40-56.
- Buschman, J., Wilcox, D., Krapohl, D., Oelrich, M. & Hackett, S. (2010). Cybersex Offender Risk Assessment: An explorative study. Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice 16(2): 197-209.
- Vosmer, S., Hackett, S. & Callanan, M. (2009). 'Normal' and 'inappropriate' childhood sexual behaviours; findings from a Delphi study of professionals in the United Kingdom. Journal of Sexual Aggression 15(3): 275 - 288
- Carpenter, John., Patsios, Demi., Szilassy, Eszter. & Hackett, Simon. (2011). Connect, share and learn. Evaluating the outcomes of inter-agency training to safeguard children. Toolkit.
- Carpenter, John, Hackett, Simon, Patsios, Demi & Szilassy, Eszter (2010). Outcomes of Interagency Training to Safeguard Children: Final Report to the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health. 188.
- Hackett, S. (2016). Exploring the relationship between neglect and harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people: Evidence Scope 3. Dartington, Research in Practice.
- Hackett, S., Holmes, D. & Branigan, P. (2016). Harmful sexual behaviour framework: An evidence-informed operational framework for children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviours. London, NSPCC.
- Carpenter, J., Jessiman, P., Patsios, D., Hackett, S. & Phillips, J. (2016). Letting the Future In: A therapeutic intervention for children affected by sexual abuse and their carers: An evaluation of impact and implementation. London, NSPCC.
Available for media contact about:
- Social work: Child abuse and child protection
- Criminology: Youth crime and juvenile offenders
- Aggression: Interpersonal violence
- Aggression: Sex offenders
- Social work: Adoption and parenting
- Public policy, health and well-being: Child development and welfare
- 2016: Durham Child Advocacy Centre: Evaluation (£59951.00 from Durham Constabulary)
- 2015: Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB): approaches to improve identification and referral of children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour (£35624.00 from NICE)
- 2011: Letting the Future In. A national evaluation of NSPCC's new intervention programme for children who have experienced sexual abuse (£82527.00 from NSPCC)
- 2008: RECIDIVISM, DESISTANCE AND LIFE COURSE (£199816.60 from ESRC)
- 2006: The Outcomes of Interprofessional Training (£6136.00 from DFES)
- 2001: MAPPING AND EXPLORING SERVICES (£77367.00 from NSPCC)