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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 Dr. John Wainwright, who is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community.

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. 

  • 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.

Froggett, L., Kelly-Corless, L., and Manley, J. (2019) ‘Feeling real and rehearsal for reality: psychosocial aspects of ‘forum theatre’ in care settings and prisons’, Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 12 (1-2). pp. 23-39

Wainwright, J.P., and Larkins, C. (2019) Race, Ethnicity, Young People and Offending: the Elephant in the Room. Social Identities. ISSN 1350-4630

Wainwright, J.P., Mckeown, M., and Kinney, M. (2019) ‘In these streets’: The saliency of place in an alternative black mental health resource centre. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare DOI: IJHRH-08-2019-0062

Wainwright J., and Mckeown, M. (2019) Place and race: sanctuary, asylum and community belonging. P. 198-215 in Inside Out, Outside In Transforming Mental Health Practices ed Gijbels H., Sapouna L., and Sidley G.

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 (2015) Using 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

Criminal justice organisations to work with UCLan to address challenges facing sector

Distinguished Visitor Programme – Jacqueline Kennelly, Associate Professor from Carleton University, Ottawa, will be visiting UCLan in March 2017.

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.

  • Dr John Wainwright
  • Professor Lynn Froggett
  • Dr Alastair Roy
  • Dr Cath Larkins
  • Dr Julian Manley
  • Dan Moxon
  • Natasha Mokhtar
  • Dr Bernard J. Sheridan
  • Jez Buffin
  • Kim McGuire
  • Laura Kelly
  • Christine Barter

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