SOCIAL WORK DEVELOPMENT and learning SPECIALIST, reseacher, survivor and co-founder
With a background in social work and child protection, and inspired by his own childhood experiences, Alastair is a passionate advocate for the rights of male survivors, which led to him being a founder member of First Step in the UK (1997) First Step Cambodia (2010), and the South- South Institute on Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys (2012). He was the lead researcher and author of "I thought it could never happen to boys" (2008), the first in depth study of sexual abuse and exploitation of boys in Cambodia. He has worked on numerous studies related to sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual violence, more recently with ECPAT International, including projects related to Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (with partners in Africa and Asia), and the Global Boys Initiative, alongside partners in South Korea, Hungary, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and others. He developed the unique 'Bridging the Gap' toolkit for practitioners working with boys following sexual exploitation and abuse in 2020, which has been translated into several languages. He is currently working to develop further strategic partnerships with a range of global development organisations - designing and implementing research related to sexual exploitation and abuse, and developing programs, prevention, support and learning initiatives.