Staff profile

Charlotte Hargreaves

Head of Criminology and Social Sciences and Deputy Head of Department


Criminology and Policing


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences, Derby Law School


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am currently Head of Criminology and Social Sciences and Deputy Head of Department.

Teaching responsibilities

As a previous practitioner in youth justice and trainer of youth justice professionals, I specialise in teaching modules with a youth justice focus at Level 6.  At Level 4 I teach on the Crime and Society module. I also supervise dissertation projects for both under and post graduates.

Research interests

My research interests are in young people in the youth justice system, social exclusion, drug and alcohol misuse, mental ill health, school exclusion and disaffection. 

Membership of professional bodies


  • MA Academic Practice (Nottingham Trent University)
  • PGCHE (Nottingham Trent University)
  • MA Social Research (Leeds University)
  • BA Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds University)


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have had 15 years of experience within the youth justice industry, as a trainer, a practitioner and a researcher.

Nottingham Trent University 

During my time with Nottingham Trent University, I trained youth justice practitioners from across the county on a variety of courses written in conjunction with the Youth Justice Board.

Youth Offending Service

I have worked within the youth justice field in both a generic capacity as a case worker taking a lead role in report writing and in a specialist remit, with responsibility for the educational wellbeing of young offenders in the locality.  During my time with Derbyshire Youth Offending Service, I established a regular forum comprising educational specialists including local head teachers, pastoral workers and behaviour support staff to consider the future of young people on the verge of being excluded and undertook whole service quality assurance exercises.

National Foundation for Educational Research

As a researcher for the NFER I specialised in research with young people who were excluded from and/or disaffected from mainstream schooling settings for sponsors such as the Home Office, Department for Education and the Local Governement Association.  I also spent time working with a range of different youth offending services looking at offence specific programmes.


Recent publications