Partnership Team

The Department of Social Science and Languages

The Department of Social Sciences and Languages at Northumbria University, is the ‘home’ Department for the University of Northumbria and Newcastle Youth Offending Team partnership but the range of activities undertaken span all four faculties of the University. SS&L research at Northumbria is concerned with analysing and explaining how the lives of individuals, societies and nations are being transformed by multi-level processes of change, from the global to the local.

Researchers draw upon insights from a range of disciplines including Criminology, Sociology, Politics, and International Development, with the distinctiveness of this multi-disciplinary approach also reflected in the impact of our work on research users across public, private and voluntary sectors, including the most marginalised groups in society.

In Social Sciences the specialist Research Centres study: International Development; International Public Policy and Management; Civil Society and Citizenship; Offenders and Offending.

The Centre for Offenders and Offending focuses research upon the nature and dynamics of criminal and ‘deviant’ behaviour by examining the context in which offenders operate and offending takes place. Research focuses on the activities of the powerful as well as the marginalised and reflects local, regional, national and global dynamics of offending behaviour. The Centre also places an emphasis on legal, political, institutional and social responses to offenders and offending, and includes research work that examines crime reduction, harm minimisation, community safety, and measures to prevent re-offending and environmental crime.

The Centre for Civil Society and Citizenship brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in exploring the shifting dynamics of the relationships between the theory, policy, practices and institutions of civil society and citizenship at local, regional, national, international and transnational level. Research interests cover the discourses and practices of citizenship; volunteering and the nature of voluntary action; and civil society institutions and actors. The Centre is interdisciplinary and international in the scope, ambition and focus of its research. Funders and partners include the Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Age UK, the Institute for Volunteering Research and Volunteer Development Scotland.

Research in the Centre for International Public Policy and Management examines how Global and European organisations operate; how national reforms (in areas such as health and welfare benefits) are affecting service users; how local governments are responding to austerity; and how communities of place and identity can influence local democracy and service provision.  Researchers collaborate with institutions such as the United Nations Studies Association, the European Group for Public Administration, and the Institute for Local Governance for the North East.

Research in the Centre for International Development brings together academics and practitioners from the UK and internationally to promote research, consultancy, teaching, training and public engagement on global poverty and inequality, the communities and individuals who experience it, and the policies, practices and approaches that seek to address it. Research is organised around three key themes: NGOs, Activism and Civil Society, Governance, Environmental Resources and Sustainability, Transnationalism, Cosmopolitanism and Mobility.

We are a leading centre for energising creative practice and academic study. By working in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders, we seek to nurture ‘home-grown’ talent and, through meaningful engagement, business innovation, and knowledge creation at the highest level, support and grow the economic, social, cultural and intellectual capital of the region and beyond.

A primary principle of our Engagement and Enterprise activity  is to have a real-world focus reflected in the scope of the activity we undertake with external stakeholders so that we are better placed and able to respond to social need locally, nationally and globally, which has the potential to generate ambitious outcomes, and stimulate creativity, income and innovation


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Newcastle Youth Offending Team

The Youth Offending Team (YOT) incorporates representatives from a wide range of services and can therefore respond to the needs of young offenders in a comprehensive way.

The YOT identifies the needs of each young offender by assessing them with a national assessment. It identifies the specific problems that make the young person offend as well as measuring the risk they pose to others. This enables the YOT to identify suitable programmes to address the needs of the young person with the intention of preventing further offending.

The key priorities and achievements for the Youth Offending Team are:

  • prevention;
  • recidivism – to reduce reoffending rates;
  • education, training and employment;
  • mental health;
  • race equality;
  • substance misuse;
  • restorative justice; and
  • parenting support.