Lucy Leon has worked with refugee and migrant children and young people for over fifteen years as a practitioner, policy officer and researcher.
In 2013, after coming across increasing numbers of trafficked boys who had slipped through the net, Lucy set up the Rise Project, a specialist service at The Children’s Society to plug a gap in service provision, offering holistic support to boys and young men who have been trafficked to the UK. Drawing on the learning from Rise, Lucy co-authored the Boys Don’t Cry research report, focussing on improving identification and disclosure of sexual exploitation among boys and young men trafficked to the UK.
Lucy has also worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Bedfordshire on an evaluation of the National FGM Centre and as a Trustee for After 18, a Leicester-based charity working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people from an asylum-seeking background as they turn 18.Lucy is:
- a Research Assistant for CCoM
- Contributor to Work Package 1 – carrying out participatory research with young people in Birmingham