Carol Ronken worked as a researcher and Associate Lecturer at Griffith University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice before joining Bravehearts in early 2003.
With a BA(Psych) and Masters Applied Sociology (Social Research), Carol is the Director of Research & Policy Development for Bravehearts and is passionate about ensuring the organisation’s active involvement in research, policy and legislative development that aims to prevent, respond to, and ultimately reduce the incidence of child sexual assault in the community.
In 2011, she received an award from the Queensland Police Service Child Protection and Investigation Unit for her contribution to child protection. Carol also co-authored The Bravehearts Toolbox for Practitioners Working with Child Sexual Assault (Australian Academic Press, 2011).
In January 2017, Carol accepted a 3 year position a Visiting Fellow in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, at Queensland University of Technology.
Carol sits on the following Working groups/network groups:
- Federal cyber safety consultative working group
- ViSION (Victim Services Interagency Organisation Network)
- Queensland Child Protection Advocates Group
Carol is a Member of:
- The Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)
- The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
- Member of the World Society of Victimology
Carol is often called upon to speak at national and international conferences, and works closely with police and government to bring about vital change to protect Australian Children.