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Michele Elliott OBE is an author, psychologist, teacher and the founder and director of child protection charity Kidscape.[1] She has chaired World Health Organization and Home Office working groups and is a Winston Churchill fellow.[2]


Early lifeEdit

Elliott is a UK citizen. Her mother was British, father American. She has a Masters's degree in Psychology[3] She began working with families and children in 1968, moving to the United Kingdom in 1971. .[4]


Elliott worked as a guidance councillor at The American School in London, where her husband was a social studies teacher.[5]


Elliott founded Kidscape in 1984 to help children stay safe from sexual abuse and from bullying.[6]

Elliott has been a high-profile figure and Kidscape was named Charity of the Year in 2000. Writing in The Guardian, David Brindle suggested the award was "an undoubted reflection of the vibrancy of Michele Elliott".[7]

Female child sexual abuse offendersEdit

Elliott, who had previously written books about male abuse of children, has undertaken pioneering work in investigating and raising awareness of the problem and extent of child sexual abuse committed by women, and the topic of female paedophilia, publishing the book Female Sexual Abuse of Children The Last Taboo' in 1992.[8] The book was well received by professionals and survivors' organisations. Mike Lew described it as "an important and challenging work", helping "to forge a new understanding of the issues".[9] Doody's annual stated it was "an extremely valuable book for all professionals, and it greatly increases the current state of knowledge, or lack of that knowledge, that can have a profound influence on the survivor's development and recovery".[10]

Elliott's work in exposing the issue of child sexual abuse committed by women has also resulted in hostility from feminists. While compiling Female Sexual Abuse of Children, Elliott organised a conference in London concerning sexual abuse by women. After publishing the book, Elliott was subject to a "deluge" of hate mail from feminists.[11]


In 2008 Elliot was honoured with an OBE by the Queen for services to children.[6] The following year she was named Children and Young People's Champion.[12] She was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Birmingham in 2003.[13][14]

Personal lifeEdit

Elliot is married to Ed and they have two sons.[15] She lives in Rye, East Sussex.[6][16]


  • Keeping Safe: A Practical Guide to Talking with Children by Michele Elliott and Alice Englander, 1986, NCVO Publications, ISBN 978-0-7199-1187-3
  • The Willow Street Kids: It's Your Right to be Safe by Michele Elliott, 1986, Andre Deutsch Ltd ISBN 978-0-233-97954-0
  • The Willow Street Kids: Be Smart Stay Safe by Michele Elliott, 1987, Piccolo Books ISBN 978-0-330-29701-1
  • Feeling Happy, Feeling Safe by Michele Elliott, 1991, Hodder Children's Books, ISBN 978-0-340-55386-2
  • Female Sexual Abuse Of Children: The Ultimate Taboo by Michele Elliott, 1994, Guilford Press ISBN 978-0-471-97221-1
  • Keeping Safe by Phil Collins and Michele Elliott, 1994, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd ISBN 978-0-340-62482-1
  • Teenscape: Personal Safety Programme for Teenagers by Michele Elliott, 1995, Health Education Authority ISBN 978-0-7521-0279-5
  • 501 Ways to be a Good Parent by Michele Elliott, 1996, Hodder Mobius ISBN 978-0-340-64903-9
  • 101 Ways to Deal with Bullying: A Guide for Parents by Michele Elliott, 1997, Hodder Mobius, ISBN 978-0-340-69519-7
  • The Willow Street Kids: Be Smart Stay Safe by Michele Elliott, 1997, Macmillan Children's Books, ISBN 978-0-330-35184-3
  • The Willow Street Kids: Beat the Bullies by Michele Elliott, 1997, Macmillan Children's Books, ISBN 978-0-330-35185-0
  • 601 Ways to Be a Good Parent: A Practical Handbook for Raising Children Ages Four to Twelve, by Michele Elliott, 1999, Citadel, ISBN 978-0-8065-2072-8
  • Bully-free: Activities to Promote Confidence and Friendship by Michele Elliott, Gaby Shenton and Roz Eirew, 1999, Kidscape ISBN 978-1-872572-11-6
  • How to Stop Bullying by Michele Elliott and Jane Kirkpatrick, 2001, Kidscape ISBN 978-1-872572-01-7
  • Bullying: A Practical Guide to Coping for Schools by Michele Elliott, 2002, Pearson Education, ISBN 978-0-273-65923-5
  • Dealing with Bullying: Training Guide for Teachers of Children and Young People with Special Needs by Michele Elliott, Claude Knights, Jean Gawlinski and Catherine Calvert, 2008, Kidscape ISBN 978-1-872572-21-5
  • The Essential Guide to Tackling Bullying: Practical Skills for Teachers by Michele Elliott, 2011, Longman, ISBN 978-1-4082-6483-6
  • Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies, 2012 Hodder


  1. ^ "Michele Elliott". London: The Guardian. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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  3. ^ Elliott, M (1994). "Female sexual abuse of children: 'the ultimate taboo'" (PDF). J R Soc Med. 87: 691–4. PMC 1294939. PMID 7837194.
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  5. ^ "The American School in London: January 2010". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "OBE for Rye woman who set up anti-bullying charity – Bexhill News". Bexhill Observer. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  7. ^ David Brindle (6 November 2000). "UK Charity Awards 2000 | Society". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Michele Elliott: Women can be child abusers too – Commentators – Voices". London: The Independent. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  9. ^ Female Sexual Abuse of Children – Google Books. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Female Sexual Abuse of Children by Michele Elliott | Paperback | Barnes & Noble". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  11. ^ 3 October 2009 19:43. "When the face of evil is female – News". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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  13. ^ "Honorary members – Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology – University of Birmingham". Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Honorary doctorate for Black Country writer. – Free Online Library". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  15. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Michele Elliott Archived 8 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine