Helping to protect vulnerable people

The School’s Criminology programmes give students the knowledge and skills to pursue a range of careers within the Criminal Justice system and related organisations, and provide opportunities for them to engage with contemporary criminological debates and challenges. Teaching is research- and practice-led, and is informed by the experiences of collaborative partners in agencies and organisations, with an emphasis on the promotion of social justice principles to foster inclusion and empower citizens.

The Centre’s research has a distinct focus on the protection of vulnerable people, including victims of crime and those at risk of being exploited or radicalised. Here, research interests also span youth offending and youth crime prevention, young people's use of substances, and victim-oriented policy-making. 

A partnership approach

Through a partnership approach with agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, Policing organisations, the Welsh Government lead for Human Trafficking, and local stakeholder groups, researchers in the Centre have carried out pioneering studies into the harms often associated with sex work in Wales, including violence and substance misuse. The team has a growing international reputation for the development of ethical methodological approaches to the study of sex work, and for their innovative approaches to broadening the reach and impact of their research, such as the BAFTA Cymru Award-winning film, The Fog of Sex (2015).

Evidence-based work

The School has an international reputation for the evidence-based work it undertakes on evaluating practices in Criminal Justice services. We have expertise in:

  • Medical malpractice and negligence
  • Sentencing and the courts
  • The role played by specialist forms of medical and health-care expertise in the identification and governance of ‘troublesome’ social groups including the unwell, the deviant, and the criminally insane.