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My research interests are in youth justice, desistance, supervision skills and evaluation research.
October 2015 - present
- Tutor in Criminology
- I lecture on a range range of modules of the Criminology and Criminal Justice (BSc) undegraduate degree as well as provide academic, personal and pastoral as my role as a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor.
October 2014 - March 2015
October 2013 - November 2015
- ESRC PhD Researcher
- My PhD forms part of the SSET’s wider research agenda to evaluate supervision practices, structured rehabilitation programmes and the various approaches practitioners (probation and youth justice practitioners) employ when they supervise Service Users.
Although the Risk, Need, Responsivity model of rehabilitation is rooted in a substantial body of research evidence, several studies of the model’s efficacy in youth and adult justice settings within England and Wales have revealed modest outcomes. In this article, we contend that the findings do not necessarily reflect deficits in the model. Rather...
This chapter presents the findings of a study that examined supervision skills within three youth offending teams. The study focused on youth justice practice in Wales and its objective was to explore how best to integrate research evidence into frontline practice. It found that participating practitioners employed mainly relationship skills. This...
This report outlines the key findings and recommendations of an evaluation of the Pembrokeshire Youth Justice Team in Wales, UK. The evaluation, which was funded by the Youth Justice Board in Wales (YJB Cymru), was conducted by researchers from the Universities of Southampton and Swansea. The objective was to pilot a Youth Justice Evaluation invent...
This book is the first to bring together international research on evidence-based skills and practices in probation and youth justice in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Wide-ranging in scope, it also covers effective approaches to working with ethnic minority service users, women and young people.
At a time when payment by results is being heralded by the government as the “rehabilitation revolution” in England and Wales, unprecedented pressure is being placed on services to prove their effectiveness in reducing recidivism. However, reoffending rates may be an inadequate measure for women’s projects, whose service users present a low risk of...
The politically-driven “rehabilitation revolution” is underway in England and Wales, reframing criminal justice agencies as “market providers” which are paid by results for delivering reductions in reoffending. However, recidivism rates may be an inadequate outcome measure for gender-responsive women’s projects, which have their emphasis on the pro...
This project is funded by the Youth Justice Board in Wales (YJB Cymru) and the project's aim is to evaluate frontline youth justice practices, using an evaluation inventory that draws on research-based practice principles that are linked to transformative outcomes.