Sue Bailey


School of Social Work, Care and Community

+44 (0) 1772 89 5431

Co-ordinated nationally and internationally a collaborative programme of practice centred user informed research on pathways into, screening of, needs and risk assessment and interventions with and outcomes on young offenders and complex need children.

Full Profile

Directly contributing to the 10 High Impact Changes for Mental Health Services, Children's National Service Framework implementation and beyond, e.g. Social Inclusion Plan.

There has been ongoing development of the programme of needs led, risk managed, evidence-based assessment and treatment interventions for children and adolescents in health and social care, juvenile justice and special education systems who have mental health difficulties and complex unmet needs.

There are two central themes to the research, those around policy, education and training and those about treatment interventions. These two branches of research converge to deliver three key areas, research and service development for children in the Criminal Justice System, training on matters of good mental health service practice and shaping national policy, key partners are Bolton Salford & Trafford NHS Trust and University of Manchester.


Bailey, S., Whittle, N, Farnworth, P, Smedley, D (In Press). A Developmental Approach to Violence, Hostile Attributions and Paranoid Thinking in Adolescence. Behavioural Sciences and the Law. John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Bailey, S., Pederson, C., Losel, F., & Vermieren, R. (2007). Second Expert Paper: Antisocial Personality Disorder: Children and Adolescents Mental Illness and Serious Harm to Others. NHS National Programme on Forensic Mental Health Research and Development.

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03-07 Follow-up study Adolescents in Secure Care National Forensic Mental Health R&D programme (co-applicant).
03-07 Pilot RCT Intensive Multimodal CBT with Adolescents National Forensic Mental Health R&D Programme (co-applicant).
03-07 Integrated Health Screen for Youth Justice System YJB (lead applicant).
06-07 Development of Integrated Care Pathway for the Youth Justice System DOH (lead applicant).
04-07 Treatment of Detained Minors in Finland, Netherlands, UK-Finish government (co-applicant).

Recently Completed

01-03 Assessment Mental Health of Adolescents in Secure Care. NHS Executive High Secure Psychiatric Services (co-applicant)

02-03 Evaluation of the MAYSI II and SDQ questionnaires as Mental Health Screening Instrument for Young Offenders, North West Secure Commissioning Group, (lead applicant)

02-04 Development of Validated Mental Health Screening Tool, Youth Justice Board (co-applicant)

02-04 Effectiveness of Mental Health Provision for Young People in Custody and Community, Youth Justice Board (co-applicant)

03-05 Users Involvement in Developing Health Promotion Young Offenders Prison Healthcare Service (lead applicant)

06 -07 Additional funding to create and deliver, user driven education

04-06 Evidence based treatments for young sexual abusers, DOH, Home Office, (lead applicant).


Awarded OBE 2002 – Development, delivery of evidence based mental health services to young people in Youth Justice System.

Vice Chair National Forensic Mental Health R&D Programme 2003-2006. Successfully supported six national child and adolescent projects, in prevention of adult antisocial personality, developing core common measures to allow unique tracking and comparison of cohorts into adulthood.

Expert Advisor Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse NIMHE (2004-2007). Key driver of DOH, HO juvenile sex offender strategy via scoping review of current interventions and services available.

Co Chair (2007) Implementation of Service Strategy to deliver services to Sexually Abused Children (DOH).

Honorary Fellow, University of Surrey 2002. Young User Research.

Senior Lecturer Institute of Psychiatry (2004 – current). Collaborative research early intervention antisocial behaviour.

Senior Research Fellow (2004-current) University of Manchester – collaborative research with Professor Jenny Shaw.

Research Lead, Vice President, European Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2005-current).

Vice President of the UEMS Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy) standards of post graduate medical education for child and adolescent psychiatry across the EU.

Visiting Academic – University of Tampere development of child and adolescent forensic services, and shaping CAMHS policy across Europe.

Editorial Boards

2001 – Current, Journal of Adolescence

2006 – Current, Journal of Children’s Services

Referee 2000 – Current,

British Journal of Psychiatry

Journal of Adolescence

Journal of Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health

Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology

Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine

Journal of Forensic Psychiatry


External PhD’s

University of Manchester 3 (2004-07)

University of London 1 (2005)

University College London 1 (2007)

Fitness to Practice Panels

University of Manchester (2007)