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Catrin Wallace

Research Assistant, CASCADE

School of Social Sciences

+44 (0)2920 875391
1-3 Museum Place
Welsh speaking


I am a Research Assistant at the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) with an interest in family law, children’s rights, and child protection services. My current research focus is on child criminal exploitation and County Lines in Wales.

My background is in law. I have completed a master’s in human rights and a second master’s in health research for which I undertook a realist evaluation of a domestic abuse programme for children with Additional Learning Needs in Wales.


2014: LLB Law, Aberystwyth University

2015: LLM International Development Law and Human Rights, University of Warwick

2018: MRes, University of South Wales, European fully funded Knowledge, Economy, and Skills Scholarship (KESS)

2021: BPTC, University of the West of England.




Current research projects:

County lines: a co-ordinated Welsh community response to child criminal exploitation. In partnerships with Barnardo’s, this 18-month exploratory research project is aimed at creating a toolkit for an effective service response to improve the outcomes for children at risk or involved in county lines. The project will contribute to knowledge base regarding the nature and scale of the problem, what approaches and interventions are most effective and how contextual safeguarding approaches can be used in practice within the Welsh context.