Dr Tim Bateman

Reader in Youth Justice

Tim Bateman

My main research and teaching interests are youth crime and youth justice. I have been in post at the University of Bedfordshire since 2010, having previously worked as a policy officer for a national charity and a youth justice social worker in a number of local authorities. Between 2015–2017, I was seconded full time to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England as Principal Policy Officer (Youth Justice).

I am deputy director of the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime. I am co-editor of Safer Communities journal, on the editorial board of Youth Justice journal and Child and Family Law Quarterly. I am Deputy Chair of the National Association for Youth Justice.

Qualifications

  • D Prof in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire (2010 )
  • Diploma in Applied Social Studies (Certificate of Qualified Social Work), University of Surrey (1985)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Garnett College, University of London (1981 )
  • MPhil in Philosophy, University College, London (1980)
  • BA (Hons) in Human Sciences, University of Surrey (1978)

Teaching Expertise

  • Programme coordinator of Professional Doctorate in Children and Young People’s Services
  • Unit coordinator of the Conceptual Framework: theories shaping public policy for children and young people’s services at Masters level
  • Unit coordinator of Models and Methods of Social Investigation at Masters level
  • Unit Coordinator of Youth Justice: current issues and critical perspectives at Masters level

Research Interests

  • Youth crime
  • Youth justice
  • Youth custody and resettlement
  • The experiences of children in conflict with the law
  • Children’s rights in youth justice

Projects

  • A two year project looking at the pathways of looked after children into and out of custody
  • Beyond Youth Custody – a five year England wide, learning and awareness programme on resettlement
  • The resettlement needs of young women
  • Evaluation of a weapons awareness programme for a youth offending team

External Roles

  • External examiner, University of Salford
  • Co-editor, Safer Communities journal
  • Editorial Board, and News editor, Youth Justice journal
  • Editorial Board, Child and Family Law Quarterly
  • Deputy chair, National Association for Youth Justice
  • Associate member of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice
  • Member of the Howard League
  • Chair of Advisory Board of the Centre for Justice Innovation’s Problem solving youth court project
  • Panel Member of the Laming Review considering the links between care and the criminal justice system

Recent Conference Presentations

  • ‘Being there: a prerequisite of participation? Appropriate adult provision for children in police custody’, plenary presentation to the National Appropriate Adult Network Conference (2017)
  • ‘Child Friendly youth justice’ – plenary presentation to Seminar of Children’s Mental Health and Child Friendly Justice, organised by the UK Parliament in co-operation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2017)
  • ‘Public engagement and criminal justice: children and young people as members of the public’, plenary presentation to Howard League, Justice and Penal Reform: reshaping the penal landscape (2016)
  • ‘The State of Youth Justice’ – plenary presentation to Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership Annual Conference (2016)
  • ‘The role of the Children’s Commissioner in defending children’s rights’ – presentation to the Children Law Sub Committee of the Law Society (2016)
  • ‘The transfer of children from police custody – the Concordat’ – plenary presentation to Independent Custody Visitor’s Association (2016)
  • ‘Youth crime in London’, presentation to the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee (2015)
  • ‘The rights of children in youth justice and the policing of children in England and Wales’, seminar presentation to delegation to the UK from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, China (2015)
  • ‘Safeguarding the rights of children in conflict with the law’, plenary presentation to Transforming youth justice in the UK, conference organised by Inside Government (2015)

Recent Publications

  • Bateman, T and Hazel, N (forthcoming) ‘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
  • 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 (2015) ‘Trends in youth crime and contemporary state responses’ in Goldson, B and Muncie, J (eds) Youth Crime and Justice 2nd edition. London: Sage, 67-82
  • 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 (2012) ‘With the benefit of hindsight: the disturbances of August 2011 in historical context’ in Briggs, D (ed) The English Riots of 2011: A Summer of Discontent. Hook: Waterside Press
  • Pitts, J and Bateman, T (2010) ‘New Labour and youth justice: what works or what’s counted?’ in Ayre, P and Preston-Shoot, M (eds) Children’s services at the crossroads: a critical evaluation of contemporary policy for practice. Lyme Regis: Russell House publishing, 52-63

Journal Articles

  • Bateman, T (2016) ‘Keeping up (tough) appearances: the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales’ in Criminal Justice Matters, 102, February 2016: republished from 2013 as one of selected articles from archives for final edition
  • Bateman, T (2016) ‘Having to (re)settle for second best? The gap between theory and practice in the resettlement of children’ in Prison Service journal 226: July 2016: 53-59
  • Bateman, T (2014) ‘Where has all the youth crime gone?’ Children and Society 28(5): 416-424
  • 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 (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 (2012) ‘Who pulled the plug? Towards an explanation of the fall in child imprisonment’ in Youth Justice 12(1): 36-52
  • Bateman, T (2011) ‘We now breach more kids in a week than we used to in a whole year’: the punitive turn, enforcement and custody’ in Youth Justice 11(2): 115-133
  • Bateman, T (2011) ‘Punishing poverty: the ‘scaled approach’ and youth justice practice’ in Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 50(2): 171-183
  • Bateman, T (2011) ‘Child imprisonment: exploring injustice by geography’ in Prison Service journal 197: 10-14

Research Reports

  • Bateman, T (2017) The state of youth justice 2017: an overview of trends and developments. London: NAYJ
  • Bateman, T (2016) The state of youth custody. London: NAYJ
  • Bateman, T (2015) Beyond youth custody: resettlement of young people leaving custody – lessons from the literature. Update March 2015. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Bateman, T (2015) The state of youth justice 2015: an overview of trends and developments. London: NAYJ
  • Bateman, T and Hazel, N (2015) Custody to community: how young people cope with release. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Bateman, T and Hazel, Neal (2014) Youth justice timeline. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Bateman, T and Hazel, N (2014) Resettlement of girls and young women: research report. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Bateman, T (2014) Children in conflict with the law: an overview of trends and developments 2013. London: National Association for Youth Justice
  • Bateman, T and Pitts, J (2014) ‘I’d say give the programme credit because you learn new things’: Evaluation of Luton YOT Weapons Awareness Programme. Luton: University of Bedfordshire
  • Bateman, T and Hazel, N (2014) Beyond youth custody: resettlement of young people leaving custody – lessons from the literature. Update March 2014. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Bateman, T and Hazel, N (2013) Beyond youth custody: resettlement of young people leaving custody – lessons from the literature. Update November 2013. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Bateman, T (2014) Children in conflict with the law: an overview of trends and developments 2013. London: National Association for Youth Justice
  • Bateman, T and Hazel, N (2013) Engaging young people in resettlement: Beyond Youth Custody research report. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Bateman, T and Hazel, N (2013) Beyond youth custody: resettlement of young people leaving custody – lessons from the literature. Update March 2013. London: Beyond Youth Custody
  • Bateman, T (2013) Detaining children at the police station: a failure to comply with legislation. London: National Association for Youth Justice
  • Bateman, T, Melrose, M and Brodie, I (2013) ‘Nothing’s really that hard, you can do it’. Agency and fatalism: the resettlement needs of girls in custody. Luton: University of Bedfordshire
  • Bateman, T, Hazel, N and Wright, S (2013) Beyond youth custody: resettlement of young people leaving custody – lessons from the literature. London: Nacro
  • Wong, K, Meadows, L, Warburton, F, Webb, S, Ellingworth, D and Bateman, T (2013) Youth justice reinvestment custody pathfinder. Findings and delivery lessons from the first year of implementation. London: Ministry of Justice
  • Bateman, T (2012) Criminalising children unnecessarily: the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales. London: National Association for Youth Justice
  • Bateman, T (2011) Payment by results and youth justice. National Association for Youth Justice position paper. London: NAYJ
  • May, T, Gyateng and Bateman, T (2010) Exploring the needs of young black and minority ethnic offenders and provision of targeted interventions. London: Youth Justice Board

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E: tim.bateman@beds.ac.uk

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