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Research Profile

Ms Sophie Hallett 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences


  • 2009- current: PhD - NISCHR funded studentship
  • 2007-2008: MSc Social Science Research Methods - Social Policy (Distinction). Cardiff University
  • 1999-2002: BA (Hons) Communications. Cardiff University


Currently a seminar tutor for the following modules:

  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Poverty, Social Policy and Income Maintenance

Work Experience

Policy Consultant – Big Lottery Fund: Qualitative research project to establish ‘what works’ for young people not in education, employment or training in Wales, with recommendations for the design of a new funding programme.

Co-researcher with Eskrigge Social Research – Welsh Assembly: A review of the complaints procedures for social services in Wales.

Policy consultant – Big Lottery fund: Wales consultation for the development of 5 year plan for new grant programmes in Wales.

Response to the 2008 Welsh Assembly NEET’s Strategy.

2006-2007 Grants officer – Big Lottery Fund  

2002-2006 Volunteer Development Manager (South East Wales) – Barnardo’s Cymru 

Other Activities

Sophie currently runs a youth group for 12-18 year olds in her local area. She has also worked as a volunteer mentor for young people at risk of school exclusion; been secretary of her local tenants and residents association and volunteered at the Huggard centre in Cardiff.  

Research Interests

  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Social policy and poverty
  • Childhood
  • Social care
  • Community, space and place

PhD Topic / Area

PhD TITLE: Child sexual exploitation in south east wales: problems and solutions from the perspectives of young people and professionals.

The principle aim of the study is to explore how ‘child sexual exploitation’ is constructed, defined and understood by young people and professionals; both in terms of what this problem is and what the solutions to it might be. The research aims to:

  1. explore understandings of ‘child sexual exploitation’ from young peoples’ perspectives about their involvement in sexual exploitation together with their views on what social care interventions would best meet their circumstances. 
  2.  explore professionals’ perspectives and understandings of child sexual exploitation, the causes and possible interventions, and how this affects their operational and strategic orientations.

The research is funded by the Welsh Government under the National Institute of Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR): project reference SCS08-002


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