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Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime

Directors: Dr Tim Bateman and Professor John Pitts

The work of the centre spans empirical studies of youth crime and victimisation, policing, the operation of the youth justice and community safety services and the analysis of policy and practice in these fields. More recently its work has concerned the involvement of young people in gangs and organised crime and the resettlement of young people from care involved in the youth justice system. From its inception the centre has maintained an international focus, having undertaken studies with universities and criminal justice and welfare agencies in

  • Belgium
  • China
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • The Russian Federation
  • The USA

Current Research Activities

For the past five years Dr. Bateman, Dr. Factor and Professor Pitts have been involved in the National Lottery funded Beyond Youth Custody programme managed by Nacro, where they have produced a series of research-based publications. Between 2016 and 2018 Prof Pitts undertook a study of the effects of County (drug) lines on youth crime in a target destination in East Anglia. The Centre has recently won a Nuffield Foundation award to research the relationship between being or having been in Care and incarceration in the Youth Justice System, led by Dr. Bateman assisted by Professor Pitts.  Professor Pitts is currently research consultant to the English Premier league Ending the Cycle of Violence programme.

The Vauxhall Centre Journal

The Vauxhall Centre launched what became Safer Communities with Pavilion Publishing in 2002. Dr Tim Bateman is currently joint editor. Now published quarterly by Emerald Group Publishing, it combines research findings with the needs and 'know how' of professionals and practitioners in the growing field of community safety.

The editors are supported by a group of associate editors and a larger advisory board, comprising researchers, policy makers and practitioners from all areas of community safety.



Associates of the Vauxhall Centre are members of the Institute for Applied Social Research and other, visiting, scholars and practitioners with whom we collaborate in our research and scholarship.

Vauxhall Centre Publications

  • Bateman, T (2017) The state of youth justice. London: National Association for Youth Justice
  • Bateman T. & Pitts J. (2005) The RHP Companion to Youth Justice, Lyme Regis, Russell House Publishing
  • Bateman, T (2013) ‘Keeping up (tough) appearances: the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales’ in Criminal Justice Matters, 92, June 2013: 28-29
  • Bateman T. Melrose M. & Brodie I. (2013) 'Nothing's Really That Hard, You Can Do It'Agency and Fatalism: The Resettlement Needs of Girls in Custody. View report - PDF 537.5 KB
  • Bateman, T (2013) ‘Encouraging compliance, maintaining credibility or fast tracking to custody? Perspectives on enforcement in the youth justice system’ in Raynor, R and Ugwudike, P (eds) What works in offender compliance: international perspectives and evidence based practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Bateman T. & Hazel N (2014) Resettlement of Girls and Young Women Research Report. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Bateman, T (2014) ‘Catching them young: some reflections on the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales’ in Safer Communities, 13(3): 133-142
  • Bateman, T (2015) ‘Trends in youth crime and contemporary state responses’ in Goldson, B and Muncie, J (eds) Youth crime and youth justice. Second edition. Sage: London: 67-83
  • Bateman, T (2014) ‘Where has all the youth crime gone?’ Children and Society 28(5): 416-424
  • Bateman, T (2016) The state of youth custody. London: National Association for Youth Justice
  • Bateman, T (2017) ‘England and Wales’ in Decker, SH and Marteache, N (eds) International handbook of Juvenile Justice 2nd edition. Cham: Springer, 287- 305
  • Bateman, T (2017) ‘Youth Justice’ in Davies, P, Harding, J and Mair, G (eds) Introduction to criminal justice in England and Wales. London: Sage, 346-367
  • Bateman, T and Hazel, N (2018) ‘Promoting shifts in personal narratives and providing structures of support: transitions of incarcerated children in England and Wales’ in O’Neil, S (ed) Incarcerated Youth Transitioning Back to Community -  International Perspectives. Singapore: Springer167-185
  • Bateman T. Day A-M, & Pitts J. (2018) Looked after children and custody: a brief review of the relationship between care status and child incarceration and the implications for service provision, View Report - PDF 1.0 MB
  • Factor F. (2001 ed.) The RHP Companion to Working with Young People, (with Chauhan V. & Pitts J.), Lyme Regis, Russell House Publishing
  • Factor F. & Wright S (2014) Resettlement of Girls and Young Women Practitioners Guide.
  • Factor F. & Pitts J. (2015) Gang-Involved Young People: Custody & Beyond. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Factor F. (2015) Gang-Involved Young People: Custody & Beyond: A Practitioners Guide, London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Factor (2017) Gang-Involved Young People: Custody & Beyond, A Practitioners Guide. London:Beyond Youth Custody
  • Lawrence- Mullings, S. (2013) ‘Post Code Wars: Representations of Locality and Landscapes of Danger, Belonging and Understanding’ in Post-Colonial Text, Vol 8 No 3 & 4
  • Lawrence-Mullings, S. (Forthcoming 2019), Jakarlo: New trends, old traditions, youth and clandestine migration within The Gambia
  • Manders, G. (2015) 'Moral Conversations and Askesis as tools for change within youth justice', Safer Communities 14 (2): 69-79
  • Manders, G. and Galvani, S. (2015) 'Learning from the research process: discussing sensitive topics as a cultural outsider', Social Work Education 34(2):199-212.
  • Manders, G. (2009) 'Use of Anti-Social Behaviour Powers with Vulnerable Groups: Some Recent Research', Social Policy and Society, 9(1): 145-153
  • Murphy S. (forthcoming) Society and the Casino, 1914-2007, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Pitts J (2008) Reluctant Gangsters: The Changing Face of Youth Crime, Willan Publications
  • Pitts J (2009)Youth Gangs, Ethnicity and the Politics of Estrangement Youth & Policy, No. 102, Spring (2009)
  • Pitts J (2011)Mercenary Territory: Are Youth Gangs Really a Problem?, Goldson B. (ed.) Youth in Crisis? London, Routledge
  • Pitts J (2012)Reluctant Criminologists: Criminology, Ideology and the Violent Youth Gang, Youth & Policy, Autumn
  • Pitts J. (2012) The Third Time as Farce: Whatever Happened to the Penal State?, Lea J. & Squires P. (eds.) Criminalisation and Advanced Marginality, Bristol, Policy Press  
  • Pitts J. (2013) A Process Evaluation of the Greater Manchester Police Operation Challenger, Greater Manchester Police, (2013)
  • Pitts J. (2013) Drifting Into Trouble: Sexual Exploitation and Gang Affiliation, Melrose M. & Pearce J. (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Child Sexual Exploitation, Basingstoke, MacMillan
  • Pitts J. (2013) Who Dunnit? Gangs, Joint Enterprise, Bad Character and Duress, Youth & Policy, 113 (2014)
  • Pitts J. (2016) Critical Realism and Gang Violence, Matthews R. (ed.) What is to be Done About Crime & Justice, Basingstoke, Macmillan Pitts J. (2017) 
  • Whatever Happened to the Family? England’s New Gang Strategy, Safer Communities, Autumn (2017)
  • Pitts J. (et al, 2017) Preventing Organised Crime (2017) View here - PDF 554.3 KB
  • Pitts J. (2018) The End of the Line: The Impact of County Lines on Youth Offending in a County Town, Youth & Policy, January, (with Paul Andell)
  • Pitts J. (2018) Collaborative Working in Resettlement in Safer Communities (with Olaitan, P) (forthcoming)
  • Pitts J. (2018) The Evolution of the English Street Gang in Safer Communities (forthcoming)
  • Pitts J. (2019) Street Grooming, Ethnicity and the Social Scientists, Pearce J. (ed.)  Theoretical perspectives on Child Sexual Exploitation: The Contribution of Theory to Prevention  & Intervention, Basingstoke, Palgrave/Macmillan
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