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Dr Jenny Driscoll practised at the Family Law bar for over a decade, specialising in child protection cases, before moving to King’s in 2005, initially in the Law School.

She contributes to Making Research Count at King’s, an initiative that facilitates the dissemination of research findings between academics, practitioners, carers and users in the social care field (more details).

Jenny is an academic advisor to the NGO report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Her academic interests cover child protection and children’s rights, including the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the ethics of research with children and young people. Recent and current research projects are concerned with transitions to independence for care leavers, the interaction of formal and informal arrangements or systems for child protection in Africa, and the role of schools in safeguarding children. 

Jenny is a member of the Centre for Public Policy Research.


Jenny teaches and/or supervises students on the following programmes:

PhD supervision

She welcome invitations from prospective PhD students interested in pursuing research in relation to child protection and children’s rights, in the domestic or international context.


Jenny frequently presents at events that are primarily aimed at professionals, including a keynote speech at the Westminster Education Forum on Reforming Child Protection (2013); Chair of the Teachology conference, Safeguarding Children in Education, (2014); and presentations at the Doughty Street Chambers seminar, Celebrating 25 years of the UNCR (2014), and the Sweet and Maxwell Human Rights Conference, (2014).

She was National Reporter (UK) on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for the 19th International Congress of Comparative Law in Vienna in 2014. Jenny was a keynote speaker at an International symposium in Okayama City, Japan, on Children’s welfare and rights in the UK child protection system (2013).

She is a member of the British Association for the Prevention and Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (BAPSCAN), the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF); the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE); and the Family Law Bar Association.

Further information

For further details please see Jenny's  Research Staff Profile.