Christy Coles

Thesis Title: Education and Social Care Predictors of Female Offending Trajectories: A UK administrative data linkage study

Abstract: Despite female offenders being a minority in the UK criminal justice system (CJS), the UK has one of the highest rates of female’s imprisonment in Western Europe. While it is widely recognised that females experience different drivers of offending behaviour and worse CJS outcomes relative to males, there is a paucity of research focusing on female offenders. In particular, there is little consensus on the development of female offending across the lifespan, and whether it is consistent with the age-crime curve identified in male samples.

The proposed project will use linked administrative data (Police National Computer-National Pupil Database) to examine the early education and social care predictors of female offending trajectories. The findings have the potential to inform early identification and intervention approaches, to reduce criminal offending and its associated social and economic costs.

First Supervisor: Dr Hannah Dickson