Dr Joan Bailey MBE FRSA DL

Senior Lecturer, Social Work

Course Co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work

Joan Bailey

I have over 30 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 a number of 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 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.


  • 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
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy, Open University
  • MA Community Education, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  • D. Prof in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire, UK
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), University of Bedfordshire
  • Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS), Society for Education and Training (SET)


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the Society for Education and Training (SET)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA)
  • Member of Training Advisory Group (TAG)

Teaching Role

I coordinate the BA(Hons) Youth and Community Works course and teach on the following units:

  • Locating the profession, principles, values and ethics
  • Community work and the politics of citizenship
  • Research methods for youth work practitioners
  • Partnership working in youth and community work
  • Contemporary social policies; impacts and issues for young people
  • Independent project in youth and community work

I teach on the following Social Work Units:

  • Foundations for Understanding Social Work Practice (apprenticeship)
  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • The Legislative Framework for Professional Practice
  • Research Project for Professional Social Work Practice

Research Interests

  • Social Policy
  • Issues in Contemporary Society
  • Youth Justice and effective interventions within youth justice settings
  • Development of youth and community work both in UK and overseas
  • Far Right, Extremism, Radicalisation and Counter Terrorism
  • Hate Crime
  • Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
  • Community Safety
  • Community Cohesion
  • Creative methods in teaching and learning

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

  • 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
  • Far Right Extremism in Europe Initiative

Other Activities and Recognition

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

Conference Presentations

  • International Society for Criminology - 18th World Congress of Criminology: - Globalisation and Cultural Conflicts. India 2016
  • International Conference Presentation: Female Migration to ISIS, International Society of Criminology, NATO's Science for Peace and Security Program (SPS). Venice - April 2016
  • International Conference Presentation: - European Cooperation on Far-Right Extremism. Swedish Ministry of Justice and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue., (ISD). Stockholm - June 2015
  • International Conference Presentation: - “Supporting Civil Society Initiatives to Empower Women’s Roles in Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalisation that Lead to Terrorism”, Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Istanbul - May 2014


  • 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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