Dr Claire Lightowler


Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice

Personal statement

Claire is the Director of the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ). For further information about her interests and experience see http://www.cycj.org.uk/about-us/meet-the-team/claire-lightowler/.

CYCJ supports improvement and learning in youth justice, contributing to a reduction in crime and the realisation of better lives for individuals and communities. For further information about CYCJ see www.cycj.org.uk.

Claire's recent research work has focused on the rights of children in conflict with the law. She is also particularly interested in youth justice policy and practice, co-production and knowledge mobilisation/exchange/impact.


Rights Respecting? Scotland's Approach to Children in Conflict With the Law
Lightowler Claire
Examining professionals' critical thinking about children who pose a serious threat to others
Heron Gavin, Lightowler Claire
British Journal of Social Work, pp. 1-18 (2020)
Inclusive Justice - Co-producing Change : A Practical Guide to Service User Involvement in Community Justice
Weaver Beth, Lightowler Claire, Moodie Kristina
What is Youth Justice? Reflections on the 1968 Act
Vaswani Nina, Dyer Fiona, Lightowler Claire
50th anniversary of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 50th anniversary of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 (2018)
Children's lives, education, and secure care in Scotland
Gough Alison, Lightowler Claire
Children and Their Education in Secure Accommodation (2018) (2018)
Delivering a Community-led Women's Space : Reflecting on Participation
Weaver Beth, Lightowler Claire, Gillon Fern
The Women's Centre Programme The Women's Centre Programme, No. 3 (2018)

more publications


Early Action System Change: Youth Justice in South Lanarkshire
Lightowler, Claire (Principal Investigator)
12-Jan-2018 - 11-Jan-2023
What is youth justice? Changing priorities, roles and perceptions since Kilbrandon.
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator) Dyer, Fiona (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 05-Jan-2018
Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Services at HMP Polmont YOI: Here and Now
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018
User Engagement Project for Community Justice Ayrshire
Weaver, Beth (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2018
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Gillon, Fern Rebecca Louise
Barry, Monica (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator) Gillon, Fern Rebecca Louise (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 06-Jan-2018
Co producing community justice
Weaver, Beth (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2016

more projects


Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice
Lord Hope Building

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