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Helen Brayley

PHD TITLE

To what extent can forensic evidence aid the investigation and prosecution of Internal Child Sex Trafficking? 

PREVIOUS ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

MEng in Electronic Engineering with Psychology, University of Bath

PREVIOUS JOBS

Project Manager, Media Producer, Maths Teacher

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

Birmingham, England

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

After working for a while the 4-year programme at UCL SECReT, seemed ideal as it provided a structured first year course to help me get back into studying in addition to gaining a further masters qualification. It also gave me the opportunity to try out a new subject area with enough time to develop a PhD proposal.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I have a background in engineering but my current research interests are in sexual crimes, forensics, and disseminating scientific knowledge to non-scientific audiences. 

As part of my PhD research I am currently conducting a questionnaire on the forensic knowledge  of police officers. If you are a currently serving police officer from the UK and would like to take part in this research you can complete the questionnaire at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PhDForensicSurvey

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

I enjoy running, spending time with my friends and family, and travelling.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

I am interested in working with SOCA (NCA), the Home Office, or other similar organisations. 

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM A PARTNER ORGANISATION

I am working closely with a number of police forces as well as NGO/third sector agencies and other governmental departments. 

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

Brayley, H., Cockbain, E., and Laycock, G. (2011)  “The Value of Crime Scripting : Deconstructing Internal Child Sex Trafficking”. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. 

Cockbain, E., Brayley, H. and Laycock, G. (2011) “The Value of Social Network Analysis: Exploring Internal Child Sex Trafficking Networks”. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. 

Brayley, H., Redfern, M.A. and Bo, Z.Q. (2005) “The Public Perception of Power Blackouts” IEEE. This was presented at the 2005 IEEE/PS Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exhibition in Dalian, China. 

Crime briefs for use by police, government agencies, NGOs and charities include:

  • Internal Child Sex Trafficking (November 2010)
  • Crime Scripting for ICST (November 2010)
  • Social Network Analysis for ICST (November 2010)
  • CSE and Youth Offending (May 2011)

Referenced in the CEOP Thematic Assessment 2011 - Out of Sight, Out of Mind (http://www.ceop.police.uk/Publications/)

and the UK National Action Plan.

I have also peer reviewed  for Justice Quarterly

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Abstract Accepted: ‘Biding Our Time: Can Covert Tactics Be Used When Children Are Involved? Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New York, March 2012

Presentation: ‘Understanding ICST: A Crime Scripting Approach’ International Crime Intelligence Analysis Conference, Manchester, November 2011

Presentation: ‘Using SNA to Identify Patterns in Co-Victimisation and Co-Offending in ICST’ International Crime Intelligence Analysis Conference, Manchester, November 2011

Presentation: ‘Are There Links Between CSE and Youth Offending?’ National Working Group Research Forum, CEOP, London, June 2011

Key Note Speech: ‘Offender Focused Approach to ICST Investigations’ Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Learning the Lessons Conference, Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board, Sheffield, April 2011

Presentation: ‘The Use of SNA in ICST Investigations’ DSTL Crime Science Community of Practice, Porton Down, March 2011

Workshop/Presentation: ‘ICST: An Offender Focused Approach’ 4th National Safe and Sound Conference, Nottingham, September 2010

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

4th European Security Research Conference, September 2009

Forensic Science Society Student Conference, December 2009

AGI Crime and Disorder Seminar, December 2009

Tackling Child Trafficking and Exploitation in the European Union, December 2009

Counter Terrorism Expo, April 2010

Homeland and Border Security Conference, July 2010

International Crime Science Conference, July 2010

Tackling Demand for Human Trafficking, Legarum Institute, September 2010

NWG Practitioner Conference (North), Bradford, September 2010

Global Child Protection in Tomorrow's Virtual World, December 2010

NWG Practitioner Conference (South), CEOP, London, December 2010

Operation Retriever Lessons Learnt Conference, London, March 2011

Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) Conference, London, April 2011

Investigating Serious Crime Conference, University of Huddersfield, June 2011