Dr Claire Hargreaves

Senior Research Associate


I am a quantitative social scientist, with over ten years experience in research focused on criminal and family justice, and the interlinks with health and social care. My research involves large scale data linkage (including national and international administrative data), data management, statistical analysis and data visualisation, as well as primary data collection, survey design and public engagement.

I am a senior researcher in the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research based in the Sociology Department working on a range of research projects within the Nuffield funded Family Justice Observatory Data Partnership, led by Professor Karen Broadhurst (Sociology, Lancaster University) and Professor David Ford (SAIL Databank, Swansea University). I recently led on the project ‘Uncovering private family law: what can the data tell us about children’s participation?’ investigating, through the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) administrative data, the proportion of private law cases in which children directly participated and the implications for children, families and the family justice system. I have also exposed, through the linking of Cafcass Cymru to health records in Wales, the heightened socioeconomic and health vulnerabilities of women and men involved in private law proceedings in Wales.

I am currently working on a 24-month ESRC-funded data linkage study, led by Professor Judith Harwin (School of Law, Lancaster University), investigating the impact of family drug and alcohol courts (FDACs) on parental offending through the linkage and analysis of three administrative data sources, FDAC, Cafcass and the Police National Computer (PNC). I am co-investigator on a 30-month NIHR-funded project, which aims to provide a comprehensive evidence framework to inform the provision of social care for imprisoned women which will be of utility too service commissioners, providers and frontline staff.