John teaches on the Social Work, Social Policy and post graduate research student programmes. His research expertise is in race, ethnicity, youth justice, children and young people in the care system, adoption and fostering. He is a research degree tutor and the Youth Justice strand lead for the University's Criminal Justice Partnership (CJP).
As the Youth and Justice strand lead for the CJP, John has led the initiative to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Central Lancashire and the north west of England Youth Offending Teams (YOTS) in Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Cumbria, Lancashire and Liverpool on projects relating to research, best practice, workforce development, student placements and volunteering opportunities. As the CJP Youth Justice Lead, John is keen to work on an inter- disciplinary, basis across agencies and communities to develop research, training, seminars and practice to improve the lives of children who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
John is a qualified and registered social worker who has practiced for several years with children, young people and their families, mainly with children in the care and youth justice system.