Dr Joan Bailey MBE FRSA DL

Senior Lecturer in Social Work. Course Co-ordinator BSc Social Work (Integrated)

Joan Bailey

I have over 35 years’ experience of working with young people both as a social worker and youth and community worker. I have engaged in community development work at home, in many European counties and on an international level having lived and worked in the USA and Canada.

I have delivered community projects around youth justice, rights and responsibilities in Bangladesh, India, Ghana, and Nigeria, which has included training Youth and Community Development Officers I worked in community safety tackling crime prevention for over 15 years; during this time, I developed partnership working with not only statutory services but the community to tackle issues at a local level.

I have been involved in European Community Safety projects undertaking comparative European cities models looking at youth crime and developing preventative models of work across several European countries. I have been involved in youth justice work for the last 20 years, working with young people from Black and Minority ethnic communities where my more recent work has been around building cohesive communities and tackling extremism and radicalisation.

I have extensive knowledge of working with women around gender issues in terms of violence and discrimination and supporting women to become community leaders and advocates. I have trained women to be active participants in tackling violence through mediation, conflict resolution and reparation.

I am an International Trainer for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) policy and practice areas across service provision and delivery.

I have run a community-based organisation in Luton for nearly 30 years, bringing in over quarter of a million pounds of funding every year to deliver 12 different projects aimed at supporting the elderly and young people, especially those who are vulnerable and victims of crime

I have been honoured to be recognised for my work in the community across several areas, some of these have included:

  • 2010 MBE for Services to Youth Justice
  • 2016 Luton Community Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2019 Love Luton Awards - Most Outstanding Citizen
  • 2019 Love Luton Awards - Teacher of the Year

I am privileged to serve as Deputy Lieutenant for Bedfordshire and support the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out her functions as Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in the county.

Other References


  • Prof in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire, UK
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), University of Bedfordshire
  • MA Community Education, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy, Open University
  • Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS), Society for Education and Training (SET)
  • Diploma in Higher Education Luton University – now University of Bedfordshire
  • Diploma in Youth and Community Work (with JNC professional qualification) Luton University – now University of Bedfordshire

Teaching Expertise

I teach across the Social Work Units:

  • I am Course Leader for the BSc Social Work (Integrated) Degree
  • Dissertation Supervisor for Undergraduate and Post Graduate Students
  • Teaching on Social Work Units across the BSc and MSc units
  • Previous Couse Leader for the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work

Research Interests

  • Youth and Community Development Work both in UK and overseas
  • Equality Diversity and Inclusion
  • Social Justice
  • Youth Justice and effective interventions within youth justice settings
  • Far Right, Extremism, Radicalisation and Counter Terrorism
  • Hate Crime
  • Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
  • Community Safety
  • Community Cohesion


  • Globalisation and Cultural Conflicts. (Presented at Conference in India 2016)
  • Migration to ISIS, International Society of Criminology, NATO's Science for Peace and Security Program (Presented in Venice - April 2016)
  • European Cooperation on Far-Right Extremism. Swedish Ministry of Justice and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. (ISD). June 2015
  • Supporting Civil Society Initiatives to Empower Women’s Roles in Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalisation that Lead to Terrorism. (Presented at the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Istanbul - May 2014)

External Roles

  • Editorial Board Member- Safer Communities Journal
  • Home Office Authorised Trainer for Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)
  • Member of European Commission Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN)
  • Chair of the RecoRa Institute - Recognising and Responding to Radicalism
  • Member - International Society for Criminology
  • Luton - Lead to the European Forum for Urban Safety (EFUS) 1998- 2010
  • Advisor - Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Experts in Restorative Justice Group
  • Advisor – Chief Constable – Bedfordshire Police


  • Bailey, J. (2016) ‘Young People, Radicalisation and Identity Confusion: Using a Peer Approach to Reject and Protect’, International Journal of Criminology
  • Bailey, J. (2009) ‘Inter Racial Conflict and Identity Formation’ in Youth and Policy: Focus on Youth Work in Contested Spaces. Number 102 National Youth Agency
  • Bailey, J. (2006) "The role of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) in supporting the voluntary and community sector", Safer Communities, Vol. 5 Iss: 2, pp.17–23
  • Bailey, J. (2003) "Community Safety Officers… What do they do?", Safer Communities, Vol. 2 Iss: 4, pp.29 – 32
  • Bailey, J. (2002) contribution to: - Buffat, J. (2002) Securities Crime Prevention Europe: A comparative study of crime prevention policies in seven European cities. European Forum for Urban Safety.
  • Bailey, J. (2001) 'Community Safety: Involving Young People’ in Factor et al (2001) The RHP Companion to Working with Young People Lyme Regis: Russell House.
  • Bailey, J. and Elvin A. (1999) Peer Led Drugs Education in Young People, Drugs and Community Safety in Marlow, A. and Pearson, G. Young People Drugs and Community Safety. Russell House

Contact Details

Room C403
School of Society, Community and Health
University Square
Luton LU1 3JU

T: +44 (0)1582 743090
M: 07768 160 744
E: joan.bailey@beds.ac.uk


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