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Dr Claire Fitzpatrick


Claire Fitzpatrick

Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594113

Research overview

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.

PhD supervision

Dr Fitzpatrick welcomes expressions of interest on PhD projects relating to: looked after children and/or care-leavers in the criminal justice system; desistance and resilience; the links between youth justice and child welfare; young offenders.

Research Interests

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.



Current Teaching

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'.

Formerly Known As

Claire Taylor

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