Jo is the Director for the BSc Childhood Studies programmes. Her research interests include youth justice, including alternatives to custody; adolescent foster care; the interface between the criminal justice and care systems; the criminalisation of children and childhood; and restorative justice interventions. She is author of 'Focus on Social Work Law: Youth Justice' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and 'Care or Control? Foster Care for Young People on Remand' (BAAF, 2006).
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 is the Director of the BSc Childhood Studies programmes, and convenes a number of units, including Children in Society, Children and Young People in the Law and Youth Justice. She also contributes to postgraduate teaching, including the MSc Social Work, MSc Policy Research and MSc Public Policy, and postgraduate dissertation supervision.
Jo is a member of the Prison Reform Trust's Independent Review of Looked-after Children in the Youth Justice System.
Jo is the Director of the BSc Childhood Studies programmes, and convenes a number of units, including Children in Society, Children and Young People in the Law and Youth Justice. She also contributes to postgraduate teaching, including the MSc in Social Work, MSc Policy Research and MSc Public Policy, and postgraduate dissertation supervision.
Jo would be interested in receiving applications for PhD study in relation to youth justice, including restorative justice approaches and early intervention programmes, fostering adolescents, or the intersection of the care and justice systems.
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