Personal profile


I have worked as a researcher, specialising in child protection, since 1987. I have directed child protection research projects since 1992. From that time, I have carried out major projects into organised child sexual abuse (CSA), the physical and sexual abuse of children by strangers, the attrition of cases of child abuse and neglect in the criminal justice system, and international and internet CSA. I have also carried out research into looked after children. I have had research grants from the Charity Commission, the Department of Health, the Economic and Social Research Council (3), the Home Office, New Horizons (Child Care) Ltd., the NSPCC and The Nuffield Foundation. Prior to this, I worked with Jane Gibbons on a Department of Health funded follow-up study of physically abused children (1988-1992), David Farrington and Donald West on the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (1984-87), and Sue Creighton in the NSPCC Research Unit (1987-88) Before becoming a researcher, I worked as a residential social worker, for almost four years, in a variety of children’s homes in London.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Child protection
  • The care of looked after children
  • The methodological and ethical issues that arise in social research


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  • Child Protection
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Delinquent Development

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Research Output 2003 2018

  • 5 Article
  • 3 Commissioned report
  • 1 Editorial
Open Access

National Human Research Ethics: A Preliminary Comparative Case Study of Germany, Great Britain, Romania, and Sweden

Gallagher, B., Berman, A. H., Bieganski, J., Jones, A. D., Foca, L., Raikes, B., Schiratzki, J., Urban, M. & Ullman, S. 2 Oct 2016 In : Ethics and Behavior. 26, 7, p. 586-606 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research Ethics
Research Ethics Committees
1 Citations

The Role of Digital Technology in Child Protection: Still Helping and Harming?

Gallagher, B. 1 Sep 2016 In : Child Abuse Review. 25, 5, p. 327-331 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

4 Citations

Internet Child Sex Offenders' Concerns about Online Security and their Use of Identity Protection Technologies: A Review

Balfe, M., Gallagher, B., Masson, H., Balfe, S., Brugha, R. & Hackett, S. 1 Nov 2015 In : Child Abuse Review. 24, 6, p. 427-439 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

psychological factors