CYCJ welcomes new Associates

National youth justice policy, practice, research and lived experience are just some of the areas that will be represented by the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice’s new Associates, who are partnering with CYCJ to link into knowledge bases in youth and criminal justice and beyond.

The CYCJ Associates scheme was created in 2015 to attract individuals who are involved in the field of youth justice in a research, practice, policy or lived experience. Although not direct members of the team, the Associates are ‘champions’ of the centre and contribute projects, publications, research activity and digital communications.

Tim Bateman, Reader in Youth Justice at Bedford University and Deputy Director of the National Board of Youth Justice, served as Principal Policy Officer (Youth Justice) at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, from 2015-2017. He has extensive experience of youth justice policy and practice, through his roles in charity and social work, and is deputy director of the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime, co-editor of Safer Communities journal, and is on the editorial board of Youth Justice Journal and Child and Family Law Quarterly.

Freelance researcher Claire Sands is currently consultant researcher on the Howard League’s programme to end the criminalisation of children in residential care. Qualified solicitor Claire is also a tutor on the Child Studies MA at King’s College London and has published extensively on subjects including trafficking, child criminal exploitation and the international treatment of childhood criminal records.

Scott* is keen use his lived experience of the justice system to help others. During a placement with CYCJ, he undertook work about shame and stigma in the criminal justice system and produced one of CYCJ’s most widely read blogs.  He is currently studying at the University of Dundee.

Fiona Dyer, Deputy Director of CYCJ, says:

“We are delighted to welcome our new Associates, who bring with them a rich and varied tapestry of experience and learning to share with our vibrant team and stakeholders. The Associates scheme is a mutually beneficial relationship, aimed at expanding influence and widening expertise, developing and maintaining strong partnerships, improving knowledge and recognising talent. We look forward to working with our new and current Associates and seeing what the year ahead brings!”

Stuart Allardyce, Director for Stop it Now! Scotland, and Mary Sharpe, co-founder and CEO of the Reward Foundation – Love, Sex and the Internet will remain Associates for another year.

Previous Associates have contributed to CYCJ’s work via blogs, training events and seminars.

If you are interested in joining the scheme or want to find out more, please get in touch via


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