IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


How can we prevent sexual violence in adolescents?

23 March 2023, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Teenage girl sat in a dark room with her hands on her head. Photo by Hassan Vakil on Unsplash.

Join this event to hear Praveetha Patalay and Francesca Bentivegna explore interventions to reduce experiences of sexual violence and abuse.

This event is free.

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Centre for Education and Criminal Justice

This seminar will explore the causes and consequences of sexual violence and domestic abuse on young people, specifically in regards to gender-based mental health deficits.

The speakers will also explore avenues of prevention and early-intervention through education and creative arts-based activity.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in mental health, the impact of sexual violence, early intervention, prevention and arts-based reform.

'Blue-Sky Thinking' Seminar Series on Education and Criminal Justice

The series aims to re-establish the Centre for Education and Criminal Justice as the knowledge exchange hub for practitioners, policymakers and researchers to collaborate on collecting, improving, and disseminating the best and most promising evidence and practice in the field and internationally. It gives researchers and practitioners a space to discuss the 'blue-sky thinking' in education and criminal justice that is much needed in the current system.

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About the Speakers

Professor Praveetha Patalay

Professor of Population Health and Wellbeing at UCL

Her research focuses on population mental health. She uses a range of data sources to investigate the development, risk and protective factors and consequences of mental ill-health. 

More about Professor Praveetha Patalay

Francesca Bentivegna

PhD student at the Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL

Her current PhD focuses on understanding the link between key psychological factors (mental health problems and self-regulation) and reward processing. 

More about Francesca Bentivegna

Susie McDonald

Chief Executive at Tender Education & Arts

She has used theatre for social change for over 30 years, initially working with prisoners to develop confidence and communication skills.

Susie has worked closely with the General Medical Council, the Metropolitan Police and the government, most recently giving written and oral evidence at the Women and Equalities Select Committee’s inquiry into sexual harassment in schools.