Dr Franziska Meinck

Franziska Meinck

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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.

Franziska Meinck's key areas of research focus are (click to expand):

Preventing Child Abuse in the Context of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
Child Protection Research
Evidence-based child abuse prevention: Developing measures for observation and evaluation in a global context

Current DPhil Students