I joined CHSS as a research assistant in March 2018 to join the RISKIT-CJS project. I am currently involved in researching the management of risk and substance use by young people involved in the criminal justice system.
I am particularly interested in the role of the private sector in the criminal justice system and the impact for those with complex and multiple needs. Areas of interest include substance use, mental health provision and the distinct needs experienced by females in contact with the criminal justice system.
Previous research experience includes working as a researcher for the Institute for Criminal Policy Research on a project evaluating one-stop-shops for female offenders. I have worked as a researcher for the Revolving Doors Agency on a project about how police and crime commissioners shape local responses to young adults and people with complex needs. I have also worked as a researcher for Stonham justice services and the British Transport Police. I have recent operational experience working as a Probation Service Officer, predominantly working with adults with substance related needs.
I studied at the University of Kent for both MA Criminology and BA (Hons) Criminology and Social Policy.back to top
Adolescence is a critical developmental stage when young people make behavioural and lifestyle choices that have the potential to impact on their health and wellbeing into adulthood. While risk-taking is important for healthy psychological development, for many, inappropriate risk-taking is significantly associated with health and social harm during adolescence and these harms persist well into adulthood. Young people involved in the criminal justice system are a particularly vulnerable group with a greater propensity to take risks that are likely to have long term impact on their future health and wellbeing. The RISKIT-CJS programme is a multi-component intervention encompassing both individual and group work and includes elements of motivational enhancement, psycho-education, psychosocial approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. The study is a major multi-centre evaluation of RISKIT-CJS. The methodological approach is a mixed method, prospective, pragmatic randomized controlled trial with individual allocation, combining both quantitative and qualitative evidence. The study will be conducted across three geographical areas; South East England, South London, North East England, covering a diverse socio-economic and ethnic population. Start date: 01/09/2016 End date: 31/08/2019 Funder: NIHR Public Health Research Funding £892,675
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