Dr Franziska Meinck

Franziska is an ESRC Future Research Leader Early Career Research Fellow in the Centre for Evidence-Based Interventions and an Extraordinary Professor at Optentia Research Unit, North-West University, South Africa. Her focus is on risk and protective factors of physical, emotional and sexual child and adolescent abuse in vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa and on the development and testing of global child abuse measures. In 2016 she won the ISPCAN C. Henry Kempe Award for outstanding young professional in the field of child abuse and neglect. 

Franziska holds a DPhil in Social Interventions (University of Oxford), an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Interventions (University of Oxford) and a BA in Social Work (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen). From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a post-doctoral research officer with Prof Lucie Cluver on the Young Carers Studies, a collaboration between Oxford University, South African universities, the South African Government and various NGOs and international organisations. 

Before joining the Department, Franziska worked as a child protection social worker for a local authority in Wales. She is a registered social worker with the HCPC and an active member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). 

Franziska is willing to co-supervise DPhil students, who have similar research interests, together with Profs Lucie Cluver and Frances Gardner.

Franziska is grateful to the ESRC and DSPI for funding her DPhil and post-doctoral work.

Franziska's own research project is funded by an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant & DSPI. Its aims are:

1) Development and psychometric evaluation of a child abuse measure for use in intervention trials. This study pools data from seven intervention studies in four countries (DRC, South Africa, Philippines and Tanzania).

2) Development and psychometric evaluation of a brief child abuse measure for use in multi-component surveys. 

Franziska is also working with Prof Lucie Cluver on two studies: 

1) The development of a parenting intervention to prevent child abuse in families with teenagers in South Africa and the subsequent testing of it in a randomised trial funded by the European Research Council. This is part of the Parenting For Lifelong Health Initiative which is aiming to develop and make available free of charge a suite of parenting interventions for low- and middle income countries.

2) A longitudinal study investigating adherence to antiretroviral medication in HIV-positive adolescents in South Africa funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Within these studies, Franziska is particulaly intersted in pathways to abuse, outcomes of abuse victimisation and social protection. 

  • Parenting for Lifelong Health: A pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of a non-commercialised parenting programme for adolescents and their families in South Africa

  • Systematic review of the psychometric properties of measures for child abuse and neglect - Protocol

  • Lifetime and past-year prevalence of children's exposure to violence in 9 Balkan countries: the BECAN study.

  • Development of a Parenting Support Program to Prevent Abuse of Adolescents in South Africa: Findings From a Pilot Pre-Post Study

  • Can supportive parenting protect against school delay amongst violence-exposed adolescents in South Africa?

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