Dr Claire Fitzpatrick

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

Claire has a long-standing interest in examining the link between experiences of the state child care system and later involvement in the youth and criminal justice systems, with a particular focus on challenging negative stereotypes that have traditionally linked children in care with trouble. Previous research has focused on looked after children and care leavers in prison custody, as well as the experiences of care leavers in the community supervised on an Intensive Alternative to Custody Order. Claire’s current work focuses on care-experienced girls and women in youth and criminal justice systems.

More broadly, Claire is interested in processes of criminalisation, youth justice, women’s imprisonment, desistance and resilience, gendered pathways to offending and the link between state systems of care and justice across the generations. She has a particular commitment to research that seeks to make a difference to real world policy and practice.

Reconsidering the Care-Crime Connection in a Climate of Crisis
Fitzpatrick, C. 1/08/2020 In: Child and Family Law Quarterly. 32, 2, p. 103-118. 16 p.
Journal article

Exploring the Pathways between Care and Custody for Girls and Women: A Literature Review
Fitzpatrick, C., Hunter, K., Staines, J., Shaw, J. 30/10/2019
Other report

What do we know about girls in the care and criminal justice systems?
Fitzpatrick, C.J.J. 07/2017 In: Safer Communities. 16, 3, p. 134-143. 10 p.
Journal article

The neglected needs of care leavers in the criminal justice system: practitioners’ perspectives and the persistence of problem (corporate) parenting
Fitzpatrick, C., Williams, P. 1/04/2017 In: Criminology and Criminal Justice. 17, 2, p. 175-191. 17 p.
Journal article

Why have so many people in prison spent time in care as children?
Fitzpatrick, C.J.J. 26/10/2016
Other contribution

Supporting looked after children and care leavers in the criminal justice system: emergent themes and strategies for change
Fitzpatrick, C., Williams, P., Coyne, D. 5/07/2016 In: Prison Service Journal. 226, p. 8-13. 6 p.
Journal article

Achieving justice for looked after children and care leavers
Fitzpatrick, C. 2014 Howard League for Penal Reform
Working paper

Examining clear approach: an intervention for care leavers on an intensive alternative to custody order
Fitzpatrick, C., Williams, P. 2014 Care Leavers Association.
Other report

What is the difference between 'Desistance' and 'Resilience': Exploring the relationship between two key concepts
Fitzpatrick, C. 12/2011 In: Youth Justice. 11, 3, p. 221-234. 14 p.
Journal article

Emerging Drug Trends in Lancashire: Focusing on young adults’ alcohol and drug use. Phase Two Report
Moore, K., Measham, F., Ostergaard, J., Fitzpatrick, C., Bhardwa, B. 09/2011 Lancaster University.
Commissioned report

Looked after children and the criminal justice system
Fitzpatrick, C. 2009 In: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell p. 211-228. ISBN: 9780470682326.

Understanding criminal careers
Soothill, K., Fitzpatrick, C., Francis, B. 2009 Cullompton : Willan. 204 p. ISBN: 9781843925033.

Young People in Care and Criminal Behaviour
Taylor, C.J.J. 2006 London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 207 p. ISBN: 1-84310-169-6.

Fostering success: An exploration of the research literature in foster care
Wilson, K., Sinclair, I., Taylor, C., Pithouse, A., Sellick, C. 2004 Social Care Institute for Excellence. 105 p. ISBN: 978-1904812043.

Social work and looked after children
Taylor, C. 2004 In: Social Work and Evidence-Based Practice. London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers p. 127-142. ISBN: 1843101564.

Justice for looked after children?
Taylor, C. 2003 In: Probation Journal. 50, 3, p. 239-251.
Journal article

People like us?: Responding to allegations of past abuse in care
Birch, M., Taylor, C.J.J. 2003 In: Criminal Law Review. Issue, 12, p. 823-849. 27 p.
Journal article

Making Sense of Criminology
Soothill, K., Peelo, M., Taylor, C.J.J. 2002 Polity Press. 188 p. ISBN: 0-7456-2874-5.

The relationship between social and self-control: Tracing Hirschi's criminological career
Taylor, C.J.J. 2001 In: Theoretical Criminology. 5, 3, p. 369-388. 20 p.
Journal article