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  • Social and Restorative Justice

The Social and Restorative Justice group is a collaborative community, made up of individuals, groups, teams and networks, from a wide range of disciplines, working together to develop imaginative and innovative research, policy and practice in the fields of social and restorative justice.

Professor Helen Codd leads this strand of the Criminal Justice Partnership. Helen has been researching in the fields of prisons, families, women and human rights for twenty five years. Her research on social and restorative justice has led to the development of a range of policy and practice initiatives around the world. Her work has been cited with approval in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, and she has been cited in a number of official publications including reports by the United Nations. She is currently working with a number of agencies and organisations in relation to child victims, sexual offending, restorative justice, female offenders and prisoners’ families. 

There are four other research groups under the Criminal Justice Partnership theme. Find out more below.

Youth and Justice
Mental Health and Criminal Justice
Violence and Aggression

Restorative and mediation-based approaches in a range of criminal justice and community settings and innovative approaches in Restorative Justice, including specific expertise in

  • RJ and ‘hate’ crime
  • Youth and community
  • Restorative and mediation-based approaches  in a range of criminal justice and community settings
  • Sexual offending including historic abuses

We publish high quality research in peer-reviewed international academic journals. Our publications range from professional commentaries and opinion pieces, to reports for industry and government bodies, to peer-reviewed academic research articles. We undertake consultancy projects and evaluations for a range of organisations. In addition, we are consulted regularly by the media in relation to current news stories, and have been interviewed for television and news programmes to comment on sexual offending, child victims and ‘hate’ crime.  

Helen Codd, Dr. Joanne Doherty, Dr. Paul Doherty, Laura Robertson & Amy Elliott (2016), Evaluation of the ‘Vision’, ‘Avert’ and ‘Achieve’ Interventions for Lancashire Women’s Centres

Codd, Helen (2013) Locked in and Locked Out: Global Feminist Perspectives on Women and Imprisonment. In: Global Criminology: Crime and Victimization in the Globalized Era. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 199-218. ISBN 978-1439892497

Codd, Helen Louise and Scott, David (2010) Controversial Issues in Prisons. Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK. ISBN 9780335223039

Codd, Helen Louise (2008) In the Shadow of Prison: Families, Imprisonment and Criminal Justice. Willan Publishing, Devon, UK. ISBN 978-1843922452

Codd, Helen Louise (2012) "Baby can I hold you?" Prisoners, Reproductive Choices and Family Life. Contemporary Issues in Law, 11 (4). pp. 227-248. ISSN 1357 -0374

Innovations in Restorative Justice: Emerging Conversations – one-day symposium, June 2015

UCLan held an event with over 100 practitioners and academics from a range of sectors including the police, probation and youth justice. The event provided an opportunity to:

  • Understand and discuss the latest research on restorative justice and its effectiveness.
  • Hear about success stories and innovations in the field.
  • Engage in conversations with academic experts and practitioners on ways forward for restorative justice.

Community Based Interventions for Women in the Criminal Justice System – Improving Outcomes, 14th October 2016

This event was attended by over 60 delegates and Jenny Earle from Prison Reform Trust was the keynote speaker.

The conference organised by UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership and Lancashire Women's Centres provided an opportunity for delegates to:

  • Learn from key policy makers about current priorities for services for women.
  • Engage with academics, key agencies, partners and service users in discussions on future directions.
  • Hear about Lancashire Women's Centres practice and the findings from UCLan's evaluation of Lancashire Women's Centres’ interventions for women.

23rd November 2016 Public seminar on Restorative Justice Stories: insights into victims' and offenders' experiences presented by Phil Cawley Restorative Justice Manager, Lancashire Constabulary

There are a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, relevant to this stream, taught in Schools across the University

Evaluation of the ‘Vision’, ‘Avert’ and ‘Achieve’ Interventions for Lancashire Womens’ Centres – report available on request