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Dr Jo Staines


Jo originally joined the University of Bristol in 1998, after studying at the University of Southampton and the Scarman Centre at the University of Leicester.  Whilst working as a Research Associate in the School for Policy Studies, she completed a PhD on the use of foster care for children and young people on remand. She was then employed as a Senior Consultant with a national crime reduction charity, working closely with the Youth Justice Board, supporting the implementation and evaluation of early intervention and prevention programmes and restorative justice interventions, before returning to the School for Policy Studies in 2009 as a lecturer.

Jo has held administrative positions within SPS as the Director of the BSc Childhood Studies programmes, and as Director of Undergraduate Studies in SPS.  She convenes a number of units across the BSc Childhood Studies, Social Policy and Criminology degrees, including Youth Justice, Children and Young People in the Law and the Dissertation unit. She also contributes to postgraduate teaching, including the MSc Social Work, MSc Policy Research and MSc Public Policy, and postgraduate dissertation supervision.

Jo was a member of the Prison Reform Trust's Independent Review of Looked-after Children in the Youth Justice System, In Care, Out of Trouble, and wrote the accompanying literature review: Risk, adverse influence and criminalisation: Understanding the over-representation of looked after children in the youth justice system.