Youth and Justice

Institute of Criminal, Legal and Social Justice (ICLSJ)

The Youth and Justice Strand of the Centre for Criminal Justice Research and Partnerships is a multi-disciplinary group. It focuses on issues facing young people involved in offending. 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. We pioneer 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.

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Lead: Dr Zoe O’Riordan

Deputy Leads: Dr Ruth Parkes and Dr Yasmeen Ali

Dr Zoe O'Riordan
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Zoe teaches across child-related undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the School of Social Work Care and Community. Her teaching focuses on theories of childhood and inclusion, reflecting her research interests. Zoe's research to date has focused the transitional experi…

Dr Ruth Parkes
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Ruth works in the Practice Learning Team in the School. Her role involves teaching on the professional Social Work courses, allocating placements, and developing effective working relationships with local employers in the social work/social care sector. Ruth has a PhD in the psyc…

Criminal Justice Partnership

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