Dr Jodi Death: “Invisible predators: the shifting behaviour of paedophiles has Australian police playing catch-up”

“As a former childcare worker stands accused of more than 1,600 charges, experts say changing technology habits are making offenders harder to detect.”  The Guardian

QUT Centre for Justice member, Dr Jodi Death, has provided commentary in a recent article published in The Guardian about serial child abusers, the internet and the concept of the ‘professional’ paedophile – those people who choose a career based on it providing access to children.

Dr Jodi Death’s primary research interest is in child sexual abuse in institutional care. This includes identifying and responding to the voices and needs of survivors and developing an understanding of historic paedophile networks. This work builds on Jodi’s PhD which examined the role of forgiveness in ways that churches are responding to child sexual abuse by church leaders. As part of an interdisciplinary team, Jodi has completed work for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child sexual abuse considering children’s perspectives of safety in Out of Home Care. Jodi’s more recent work considers the ways in which the Family Law Court of Australia manages and responds to allegations of child sexual abuse in custody disputes. Prior to commencing with QUT, Jodi worked for the Department of Community Services NSW (DoCS), as a child protection caseworker. Jodi has also previously worked as a sexual assault crisis response counselor in Central West NSW and has a background in involvement with social welfare development in rural NSW.

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