Andrea J. Darling

Researcher in Criminology, Durham University

Current PhD researcher with over 10 years professional experience working in child and vulnerable adult safeguarding.

I'm researching females who sexually abuse children in organisational contexts following on from my Masters research into women who engage in sexual 'abuse of trust' with young people in their care. My research explores how and why this abuse occurs, the results and consequences (with regard to criminal justice, child protection and employment regulation systems) and the impacts on victims.


  • –present
    Researcher (Sexual Abuse and Safeguarding), Durham University


  • 2015 
    Durham University , Certificate in Research Methods
  • 2013 
    Teeside University, MSc Criminology


  • 2013
    Notes on a Scandal: Why do Females Engage in Abuse of Trust Behaviours?, International Journal of Criminology and Sociology

Professional Memberships

  • National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (Prevention Committee)