Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Salford
My main research revolves around the experiences of people with mental health problems in the Criminal Justice system. This includes all areas of the CJS but I have focused on policing and mental illness. I argue the CJS has become, in many incidences, the default provider of mental health care. In the area of social theory, I am influenced by Wacquant's analysis of processes of advanced marginality.and the development of the penal state. My analysis of the development of mental health policy has applied Simon's notion of "governing through crime" to the history of community care. I am also interested in the work of the British novelists Gordon Burn and David Peace, particularly the exploration of masculinity, violence and sexual crime. With my fellow briocleurs Drs Foley and King (MMU) I am exploring cultural representations of serial killers, sexual violence policing and police officers. This research includes explorations of the representations of place and serious violent crime as well as the response of police officers to the portrayal of the investigations of such events. I have acted as a reviewer for the following: Routledge Criminology, British Journal of Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education,Critical Social Policy, International Journal of Social Work, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, Journal of Academy of Social Science, Journal of Adult Protection, the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Police Quarterly and Transgressive Culture. I have also acted as a reviewer of research bids for the National Institute for Health Research Central Commissioning Facility. I am a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Adult Protection. I regularly contribue to the MentalElf and SocialcareElfblogs and the Conversation newspaper.
I am working on a book Mental Health Issues in the CJS: A Social Work Perspective due for publication in late 2015