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  • Youth and Justice

The Youth and Justice group is focused on issues facing young people involved in offending, and more broadly on issues around children and young people’s inclusion, their participation in decision-making and their experiences in communities.

We are a dynamic, multi-disciplinary group pioneering innovative, ethnographic research methods with children and young people. We have excellent academic and policy/practice networks, which we are keen to develop further. We are interested in research which makes a real difference.

The Youth and Justice strand is led by Professor Nigel Thomas and Dr. John Wainwright, who are both based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community.

Nigel is also co-director of The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation. His research embraces child welfare, children’s rights and theories of childhood, with a particular focus on children and young people’s participation, including their active participation in research. He has worked with children in care, young carers, school pupils and members of youth councils, using a range of innovative methods. He is a visiting professor at the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University in New South Wales.

Dr John Wainwright is the co-lead for the Youth and Justice strand. John’s social work experience has spanned several years of practice, education and management mainly within the City of Liverpool. He teaches social work values, research methods, ethnicity, and social work. His research interests centre around ethnicity, and social work with a particular focus on children, young people and their families. 

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

Social and Restorative Justice
Policing
Mental Health and Criminal Justice
Violence and Aggression

  • Young people and the criminal justice system
  • Desistance
  • Ethnicity
  • Communities
  • Families and justice
  • Inclusion and exclusion
  • Citizenship
  • Mobile and participatory methods

Research by Thomas et al. (2017) is informing the Children’s Commissioner for England’s high-level action plan for improving the quality and accessibility of independent advocacy provision for children and young people in care, custody or detention.

Research by Larkins and Wainwright (2013) has informed practice briefings including a Youth Justice Board good practice briefing on child development and psychology.

Research by Temple and Wainwright (2010) was turned into a training pack for schools around bullying.

Barter, C., Stanley, N., Wood, M., Lanau, Alba., Aghtaie, Nadia., Larkins, C. and Øverlien, C. (2017) Young people’s online and face-to-face experiences of interpersonal violence and abuse and their subjective impact across five European countries. Psychology of Violence, Vol 7(3), Jul 2017, 375-384

Froggett, Lynn, Wainwright, John, Roy, Alastair Neil, and Manley, Julian (2016) Gift Shop Project.  Psychosocial Research Unit. UCLan. Preston, Lancashire.

Vearey, J., Barter, C., Hynes, P. and McGinn, A. (2016) Research ethics in practice: lessons from studies exploring intimate partner violence in different contexts, Families, Relationships and Societies. Online 26th August 2016.

Barter, C. and Lutman, E. (2015) A life less ordinary: Foster carers’ views and experiences of negative peer interactions in fostering households. Child Abuse Review, online 3 March, 2015.

Hughes, Jenny, Roy, Alastair Neil and Manley, Julian (2014) Surviving in Manchester: Narratives on Movement from the Men's Room. Project Report. Manchester: The Men's Room, UCLan and The University of Manchester, Manchester.

Wood, M., Barter, Stanley, N., Överlien, C., et al., (2015) Images across Europe: The sending and receiving of sexual images (sexting) and associations with intimate partner violence in young people’s relationships, Youth Services Review. 59, 149-160.

Barter, C. and Stanley, N. (2016): Inter-personal violence and abuse in adolescent intimate relationships: mental health impact and implications for practice, International Review of Psychiatry, 14 Sep 2016.

Lutman, E. and Barter, C. (2016) Peer Violence in Foster Care: A Review of the Research Evidence, Child and Family Social Work, online 23 Feb.

Stanley, N., Barter, C., Wood, M., Aghtaie, N., Larkins, C., Lanau, A. and Overlien, C. (2016) Pornography, sexual coercion and abuse and sexting in young people’s intimate relationships: A European study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. pp. 1-26. ISSN 0886-2605

Larkins, Cath and Wainwright, John (2013) 'Just putting me on the right track': Young people's perspectives on what helps them stop offending. Project Report. University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire.

Roy, Alastair Neil and Chilvers, Mark (2014) Mobile Citizens: A pilot project training young people to become citizen journalists using mobile phone technology. Project Report. Kids Company, London.

Roy, Alastair Neil, Hughes, Jenny, Froggett, Lynn and Christensen, Jennifer (2015Using Mobile Methods to Explore the Lives of Marginalised Young Men in Manchester. In: Innovations in Social Work Research. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. 153-170.

Roy, Alastair Neil (2016) Learning on the move: exploring work with vulnerable young men through the lens of movement, in Applied Mobilities 1(2): 207-218

Roy, Alastair Neil and Manley, Julian (2016) The visual matrix: A psycho-social method for discovering unspoken complexities in social care practice, with J. Manley, in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society

Temple, Bogusia and Wainwright, John (2010) A daily occurrence: Exploring the experiences of people who use the Sophie Lancaster website. Discussion Paper. Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Preston, Lancashire.

Thomas, Nigel, Crowley, Anne, Moxon, Dan, Street, Cathy, Ridley, Julie, and Joshi, Puja (2017) ‘Independent advocacy for children and young people: developing an outcomes framework’, Children & Society, advance online publication. DOI:10.1111/chso.12207

Jacqueline Kennelly adopts an innovative approach to research, mixing and incorporating both traditional (interviewing or participant observation) and non-traditional (visual or web-based) ethnographic methods to investigate young people’s citizenship.


  • Distinguished Visitor Programme Events

Jacqueline Kennelly, Associate Professor, Dept of Sociology & Anthropology, Carleton University is visiting the University from 20-24th March 2017 Two public, free seminars are taking place:

  • Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty, and Social Legacies

Media Innovation Studio, Media Factory, UCLan, 22nd March 2017 14:00-15:30
For more information and to register please click here

  • Citizen Youth after #Occupy: youth citizenship as governance?

Harrington Building 320, UCLan, 22nd March 2017 16:00-17:30
For more information and to register please click here

For further information, contact criminaljustice@uclan.ac.uk

The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at the University of Central Lancashire in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau Research Centre (2016)

Independent Advocacy: Impact and Outcomes for Children and Young People - Report produced for the Children’s Commissioner for England