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Kevin Haines is Professor of Criminology and Youth Justice, Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology at Swansea University, Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea, Co-ordinator of the Youth Crime and Social Justice network of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice. He is also a member of the European Council for Juvenile Justice, the Welsh Youth Justice Advisory Panel, YJB Cymru's Practice Development Panel the YJB's Classification Panel and the Howard League's Research Advisory Group .

Kevin's research has focused on putting the child back into youth justice. This can be traced back to his book (with Mark Drakeford) 'Young People and Youth Justice' (1998), through 'Understanding Youth Offending: Risk Factor Research, Policy and Practice' (2009 with Stephen Case), to his current book (with Stephen Case) 'Positive Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second' and over 40 related articles and book chapters.

He was a joint winner (with S. Case, shared with Professors Leslie McAra and Susan McVie, Edinburgh University) of the Howard League's Research Medal in 2013 for his work on the Bureau model of diversion from the youth justice system, now adopted across Wales.

Innovation and Engagement activities

  • Member, Youth Justice Board Cymru ‘Practice Development Panel’

 The Practice Development Panel was established in July 2012 to promote the development and dissemination of effective practice in youth justice in Wales.

 The Panel comprises the combined expertise of the YJB, the Welsh Government, academic representatives from the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice, a representative from YOT Managers Cymru and from the secure estate in Wales (Parc Young Offender Institution and Hillside Secure Children’s Home).

 Submissions can be made to the Panel for the following reasons:

  1. To discuss a practice idea
  2. For advice about evaluating a particular activity or intervention
  3. To share information about a practice initiative, research findings or an evaluation finding

Youth offending teams, the secure estate, the voluntary sector and members of Welsh Government departments have attended the Panel to discuss their practice suggestions and practice developments.

  • Member, Youth Justice Board for England and Wales ‘Classification Panel’

The Effective Practice Classification Panel is comprised of independent academics and members of the YJB Effective Practice and Research teams.  The role of the panel is to classify practice examples in accordance with the Practice Classification Framework, following a thorough consideration of the evidence in support of them.

  • Member, Wales Youth Justice Advisory Panel

The primary purpose of the panel is to assist Welsh Government and the Youth Justice Board in implementing policy that prevents offending and reoffending by children and young people in Wales.