Carlene Firmin is an MBE holder and a pioneer of Contextual Safeguarding. Photograph: Durham University.
A LEADING expert in the safeguarding of young people at risk of abuse has become one of the UK’s youngest ever black female professors.
Carlene Firmin, an MBE holder and a pioneer of Contextual Safeguarding, will take up her new role at Durham University later this summer.
She began her research career speaking to young women affected by gang violence, and supporting them to act as advisors on gender and youth violence. In 2008, she received a London Peace Award for bridging the gap between policymakers and young people.
She became the youngest black woman to receive an MBE in 2011 when she was presented with the honour by The Queen for raising the profile of women and girls impacted by serious youth violence in the UK.