Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


Professor Stephen Case

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Head of Social and Policy Studies

Professor of Criminology

I am Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Sciences, having previously been an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Swansea University. My primary research interests are youth justice, youth crime prevention and social justice, particularly the promotion of positive, children first ways of working with children embroiled in the Youth Justice System. I am a Director of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice and sit on the steering group of the Association of Panel Members.

I have conducted large-scale funded research for the Home Office, Youth Justice Board, Welsh Government and National Institute for Health and Social Care. In 2013, I was awarded the Howard League Research Medal (with my colleague Professor Kevin Haines) for an evaluation of the Swansea Bureau youth crime diversion programme and in 2008 I won the British Society of Criminology Brian Williams Prize for outstanding scholarship by a young criminologist. I am currently the Principal Investigator on a Leverhulme-funded project entitled 'Exploring the language barrier to engagement in youth justice assessment interview practice'.

I convene undergraduate modules focused on 'Youth Justice' and 'Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy'. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a founder member of the British Society of Criminology Learning and Teaching network.


  • Case, S.P. (2018) Youth Justice: A Critical Understanding. London: Routledge.
  • Case, S.P., Johnson, P., Manlow, D., Smith, R.S. and Williams, K.H. (2017) Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Haines, K.R. and Case, S.P. (2015) Positive Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2009) Understanding youth offending: Risk factor research policy and practice. Cullompton: Willan.

Chapters in edited texts

  • Case, S.P. (in press) Critical reflections on the risk-based prevention of sexual offending by young people. In. K. McEvoy and H. Kemshall (eds) Contemporary Sex Offender Risk Management. London: Palgrave
  • Case, S.P. and Morris, R. (in press) Children First Youth Work. In: P. Alldred, F. Cullen, K. Edwards and D. Fusco (eds)The Sage Handbook of Youth Work Practice. London: Sage.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2016) Taking the risk out of youth justice. In: C. Trotter, G. McIvor and F. McNeill (eds) Beyond the risk paradigm in criminal justice. London: Palgrave
  • Case, S.P. (2016) Communicating risk in youth justice: A numbers game. In: J. Crichton, C. Candlin and A. Firkins (eds) Communicating Risk. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Case, S.P. (2015) Criminology as a subjective science. How does Criminology ‘know’ about crime? In: S. Brinkley (ed) Criminology and Criminal Justice for the Curious: Why Study Criminology and Criminal Justice?
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2015) Risk Management and Early Intervention. In: B. Goldson and J. Muncie (eds) Youth, Crime and Justice. London: Sage.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2014) Reflective Friend Research: The Relational Aspects of Social Scientific Research. In: K. Lumsden (ed) Reflexivity in Criminological Research. London: Palgrave.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2014) Youth Justice: From Linear Risk Paradigm to Complexity. in: A. Pycroft and C. Bartollas (eds) Applying Complexity Theory: Whole Systems Approaches in Criminal Justice and Social Work. pp. 119-139. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Case, S.P. (2013) Swansea University Department of Criminology: Engaging students through responsive, reflective, diverse and aligned learning and teaching. In: R. Clark, J. Andrews, L. Thomas and R. Aggarwal (eds) Compendium of Effective Practice in Higher Education. York: Aston University, Birmingham and HEA.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2012) ‘Risk factor research’. In: E. McLaughlin and J. Muncie (eds) The Sage Dictionary of Criminology. London: Sage.
  • Haines, K.R. and Case, S.P. (2011) Youth Justice. In: Academy of Social Sciences (ed) Making the case for the Social Science: Crime. ASS and BPS.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • Case, S.P. and Yates, J. (2016) Examining social work with children in conflict with the law: Trajectories and possibilities. Dialogue in Praxis, 5 (18): 55-61
  • Byrne, B. and Case, S.P. (2016) Towards a positive youth justice. Safer Communities, 15 (2): 69-81.
  • Case, S.P., Creaney, S., Deakin, J. and Haines, K.R. (2015) Youth justice: Past, present and future. British Journal of Community Justice, 13 (2): 99-110.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2015) Children First, Offenders Second: The centrality of engagement in positive youth justice. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54 (2): 157-175.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K. R. (2015) Children First, Offenders Second Positive Promotion: Reframing the Prevention Debate. Youth Justice Journal, Early view.
  • Case, S.P., Ugwudike, P., Haines, K., Harris, K. and Owen, J. (2014) The Swansea Student Engagement Project: Students and staff as partners in programme review and enhancement. Enhanced Learning in the Social Sciences, published online.
  • Case, S.P. (2014) Engaging Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second. Dialogue in Praxis, 4: 1-15.
  • Case, S.P. (2014) Strategic complexities and opportunities in Welsh youth justice: Exploring YJB Cymru. Safer Communities, 13(3): 109-119.
  • Haines, K.R., Case, S.P., Charles, A.D. and Davies, K. (2013) The Swansea Bureau: A Model of Diversion from the Youth Justice System. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. Vol. 41, Issue 2: 167–187.
  • Haines, K.R. and Case, S.P. (2013) The Swansea Bureau: A Partnership Model of Diversion from the Youth Justice System. In: Howard League for Penal Reform (ed), Justice for Young People. pp. 15-34. 
  • Haines, K.R. and Case, S.P. (2012) Is the Scaled Approach a Failed Approach? Youth Justice, 12 (3): 212-228.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2012) Supporting an evolving and devolving Youth Justice Board. Criminal Justice Matters, 88 (1): 38-40.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2011) Protection, prevention and promotion: The restricted evolution of the protective factor in criminological research. Social Work Review, 2: 109-122.
  • Case, S.P., Ellis, T., Haines, K.R. and Hayden, C. (2011) A tale of two cities: exploring localised public opinion about young people and anti-social behaviour. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 13 (3): 153-170.