Dr Fitzpatrick's research focuses on: young offenders, looked after children, children in the care and criminal justice systems, care-leavers, criminal careers and the links between child welfare and youth justice policy and practice, desistance and resilience, gender and offending pathways, young people in prison.
A former Lancaster student, I completed my PhD here on the relationship between young peoples' experiences of state care (foster and residential) and criminal careers. I continue to be interested in challenging popular perceptions that routinely link children in care with trouble, as well as exploring the disjointed policy assumptions relating to children in care and young offenders.
I previously worked at the University of Nottingham in the Centre for Social Work and School of Law, the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate and as a consultant to the Government Office for the North West.
I have presented papers on my work to a range of academic, policy and practitioner audiences including the British Society of Criminology, the American Society of Criminology, the All Party Parliamentary Group for looked after children, the Home Office Crime Reduction Team, Government Offices for the East Midlands and the North West and Nacro.
I am a member of the British Society of Criminology and have contributed book reviews to the journals Youth Justice, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and Children and Society.
I teach on the following courses on the BA (Hons) Criminology
CRIM 211 Youth Justice (Convenor)
CRIM 340 Criminal Careers (Convenor)
I also supervise students writing extended essays and dissertations.
I also currently co-supervise PhD projects on the following topics: 'Juvenile Justice in India'; 'Young People, the Scaled Approach and the Risk Factor Prevention Paradigm'.
Research output: Book/Report/Proceedings › Other report
Research output: Working paper
Research output: Contribution to journal › Journal article