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Vicky Palmer

Vicky Palmer

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Dr Vicky Palmer is the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Youth Justice course in the Department of Social Work, Care and Community and she currently teaches on the 'Youth Justice Practice' module to third year BA (Hons) Youth Studies students, the 'Law, Sentencing and the Role of the Courts' module to third year BA (Hons) Youth Justice students and the ‘Young People, Crime and Justice module to third year BA (Hons) Criminology students. She completed her Doctoral studies in 2016 with her thesis entitled: ‘A Critical Approach towards the Professionalisation of the Youth Justice Workforce: A Research-Led design of a Mental Health Module’. Vicky has recently completed five separate visits to the Republic of Belarus where she has been instrumental in the training of Judges, Prosecutors, Police, Defence Lawyers and charitable organisations in all areas of Youth Justice in readiness for their own development of a separate juvenile justice system. Her research interests include comparative youth justice, children in conflict with the law, mental disorder, autism and learning difficulties and their connection to youth offending, the proliferation of managerialism in youth justice practice and the re-introduction of diversion techniques for young offenders. Vicky has 20 years’ experience of working as a probation officer and she remains a registered social worker.

Research areas

  • Youth and criminal justice
  • Criminal law
  • Criminology
  • Media

Press expertise

  • Children committing crime
  • Age of criminal responsibility
  • Mental health in young offenders
  • Commodification of children
  • Aspects of professionalism in youth justice
  • UK cultural attitudes to children
  • History of youth justice