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Exploring journeys into and out of offending behaviour in young women

This is a collaborative project between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Cheshire Youth Offending Team (YOT). The project explores quantitatively and qualitatively the offending behaviour of girls and young women entering the youth justice system. The qualitative component will also explore some of the barriers and motivators to desistance from offending in girls and young women.

Project Lead

Sue Hacking

Project Staff

Graham Smyth (MMU) Criminology
Steve Robertson (Leeds Met University)
in association with Carol Jones, Team Leader, Youth Offending Service, Cheshire.


This project is being carried out in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and with support from Cheshire County Council Youth Offending Teams

Graham Smyth (MMU)
Gary Pollack (MMU)
Carol Jones (Cheshire Youth Offending Team)


Higher Education Funding Council through the Urban Regeneration (Making a Difference), Knowledge Transfer, Strategic