Laura Hamblin

Laura Hamblin

Interim Course Leader BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

Psychology, Centre for Social Work Research (CSWR)

Department of Psychological Sciences , School of Psychology

Laura Hamblin is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at UEL and is the Interim Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) in Forensic Psychology. Laura obtained her BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Criminology from the University of East London (UEL) and is completing her PhD in the Centre for Social Work Research at UEL also. She is a full member of the British Psychological Society. Laura has lectured since 2015. 

Areas Of Interest

  • Child abuse linked to beliefs in witchcraft or spiritual possession
  • Contextual analyses of situations of action
  • Abuse linked to faith, belief or harmful practices
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OVERVIEW

Main areas of research interest relate to the contextual analysis of crime, the aetiology of abuse, and related policy and practice implications. This relates to the criminal justice system, human rights and wider organisational intersects such as mental health services, child protection and social services. My own research specialism focusses specifically on child abuse linked to fears around beliefs in witchcraft or spiritual possession. I work on many issues including around cultural psychology and the intersections of race and the criminal justice system. Broader interests include human trafficking, child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, religion and issues of coercive control, harmful cultural practices and policing approaches.   

External roles

Laura contributes her expertise to a number of working groups including the National Working Group on Abuse Linked to Beliefs in Witchcraft or Spiritual Possession, and BME-Migrant Advisory Group (B-MAG) Safeguarding Children and Young People in Migration. She also consults for several UK police forces including the London Metropolitan Police as part of the London Harmful Practices Working Group, Project Amber and Project Violet. Her work has been used to inform policing practices and has contributed toward evidencing a need for the United Nations Special Resolution Condemning Harmful Practices Related to Accusations of Witchcraft and Ritual Attacks (HPAWR).

PUBLICATIONS

Conference Papers

  • Hamblin, L. J. (2019). Contextualising Abuse Linked to a Belief in Witchcraft or Spirit Possession (CALWorSP) in the UK; Implications for Practice. Conversations around culture and belief within the safeguarding context. National FGM Centre Conference. London, England. 
  • Hamblin, L. J. (2019). The Child and the Abusive Context: Abuse Linked to a Belief in Witchcraft or Spirit Possession (CALWorSP) in the UK. Harmful Cultural Practices, Witchcraft and FGM: A Partnership Approach. West-Midlands Police National Conference. Birmingham, England.
  • Hamblin, L. J. (2019). The Child and the Abusive Context: Preventing Future Human Rights Abuses. Witchcraft and Human Rights: Past Present and Future Conference at  Lancaster University, Lancaster, England.
  • Hamblin-Opaluwa, L. J. (2018). An investigation into the abuse of children linked to a belief in Witchcraft or Spiritual Possession, as it occurs in the UK context. Presented at Barnardos National FGM Centre, London, England. 
  • Hamblin-Opaluwa, L. J. (2017). Disclosure of Child Abuse Linked to a Belief in Witchcraft or Spiritual Possession. Invited speaker for the public seminar and book launch of The W Word; Witchcraft Labelling and child safeguarding in social work practice written by Tedam, P. & Adjoa, A. (2017). BME and Migrant Advisory Group: Safeguarding Children and Young People event in conjunction with UEL’s Centre for Social Work Research and the Victoria Climbie Foundation, London, England.

Contract Research

  • Hamblin. L., Turner. J. J. D. (2020). Workforce Perspectives on Health Education England's 'Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England' and its Implementation. Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS University Trust.
  • Briggs, S., Farah, F., Hamblin-Opaluwa, L. & Finch, J. (2017). Evaluation of Counselling Partnership - Survivors of Suicide to inform future provision and commissioning, East Sussex County Council.
  • Briggs, S., Farah, F., Hamblin-Opaluwa, L. (2017). Evaluation of Grassroots training programme to inform future provision and commissioning, East Sussex County Council.

TEACHING

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

Work in the wider criminal justice system with our Forensic Psychology course. Study social and psychological factors in offending behaviour.

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MODULES

  • Module Leader PY5008: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Module Leader PY6008: Advanced Forensic Psychology