Dr Anne-Marie Day was appointed as Criminology Lecturer in December 2019. Immediately prior to this Anne-Marie completed a research study funded by the Nuffield Foundation on the pathways into and out of custody for children in care. Anne-Marie completed her PhD at the end of 2018 which considered the pathways into offending for children in care. In addition to this Anne-Marie gained several years’ experience teaching a range of criminology and criminal justice modules in a number of different higher education institutions. Anne-Marie also has many years’ experience as a practitioner and policy maker in a range of criminal justice roles. She is a qualified Probation Officer, and has worked in the community, courts and prison. Anne-Marie has also worked as a youth justice manager and for the Youth Justice Board as a Senior Policy Adviser in the areas of Prevent, Looked After Children, Domestic Abuse and Anti-Social Behaviour. Currently, Anne-Marie is a board member on the Alliance for Youth Justice and is an expert adviser to the Howard League for Penal Reform, the Youth Justice Board, Cheshire Youth Justice Service, and the Home Office on various youth justice issues.
Research and scholarship
Title: ‘Exploring Racial Disparity in Diversion from the Youth Justice System’ (2022 – 25)
Nuffield Funded Project with research team comprising Dr Anne-Marie Day, Dr Tim Bateman, Prof John Pitts, Dr Isabelle Brodie and Dr Tim Osidipe exploring the issue of racial disparity in diversion from the youth justice system. Methods are likely to include (after consultation with an advisory panel of young people) face to face interviews with children; face to face interviews with professionals; case file analysis, and quantitative analysis of a national questionnaire of youth justice practitioners. Fieldwork will be based at four sites including Staffordshire.
Title: ‘Vulnerable Adolescent Support Programme (VASP) Evaluation’ (2022 – 23)
Keele University has been funded by Staffordshire County Council to evaluate The VASP Programme, which aims to work with older teenage children to prevent those identified as at risk of going into local authority care. The evaluation aims to identify whether the project has achieved its primary aim of preventing/reducing the children from going into the care of the local authority; the elements of the programme that have worked well; and to make recommendations to local practitioners and policy makers regarding its future implementation.
Title: ‘Sapling Project Evaluation’ (2022 – 23)
Keele University has been funded by Staffordshire County Council to evaluate The Sapling Project, which aims to work with children aged 7-11 at risk of school exclusion. The evaluation aims to identify whether the project has achieved its primary aim of preventing/reducing school exclusions; the elements of the programme that have worked well; and to make recommendations to local practitioners and policy makers regarding its future implementation.
Title: 'Constructive Resettlement Pathfinder Evaluation' (2020-2022)
Keele University has been funded by the South and West Yorkshire Resettlement Consortium to conduct an evaluation into the Youth Justice Board’s Constructive Resettlement Pathfinder. The project aims to explore, from the perspectives of practitioners, policy makers, and children, whether the Constructive Resettlement pathfinder has improved resettlement outcomes for children on release from custody.
Title: The Pathways of Incarcerated Children in Care (2018 – 2020)
Project Overview – Nuffield Funded Project with research team comprising Dr Anne-Marie Day, Dr Tim Bateman and Prof John Pitts examining the pathways of children in care into and out of custody. Methods included face to face interviews with children; face to face interviews with professionals; case file analysis, and quantitative analysis of South and West Yorkshire Resettlement Consortia Tracker Data.
Title: The Pathways into Offending of Children in Care (2014 – 2018)
Project Overview - PhD research study considering the perspectives of children in care about their pathways into offending. Findings are based on 19 face to face interviews with children in care who were also subject to youth justice supervision.
Anne-Marie is the module leader for Youth Justice and Crime (L6) Contemporary Challenges in Criminology and Criminal Justice (L7), and Probation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Desistance (L5) module. Anne-Marie is also part of the teaching team for Policing and the Police, Working for Justice, Research Methods, and Prisons and Imprisonment.
Selected presentations to Policy and Practice Audiences
- Pathways of Incarcerated Children in Care: Findings and Recommendations Presentation to the Youth Justice Convention, 4 December 2019
- The findings emerging from the children’s interviews Presentation to the Nuffield Foundation and Project Steering Group, London, 28 June 2019.
- All Party Parliamentary Group Runaway and Missing Children, roundtable discussion, Westminster, 24 June 2019.
- Quantitative analysis: what the data tells us about the pathways of incarcerated children in care Presentation to the Nuffield Foundation and Project Steering Group, London, 1 February 2019.
- Practice Guidance for Front Line Staff on Responses to Child to Parent Violence, presentation to front line practitioners at the launch of the Home Office Guidance, Leeds, 7 March 2016.
- Looked After Children and the Youth Justice System, presentation on behalf of the Youth Justice Board to Youth Offending Team Managers, London, 15 July 2014.
- The Prevent Strategy, presentation on behalf of the Youth Justice Board to Youth Offending Team Managers, Manchester, 16 September 2014.
- Practice Guidance for Youth Offending Teams on the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: An Overview, Presentation to Youth Offending Team Managers on the legislative changes, Leeds, 4 June 2014.
- Domestic Abuse and Young People: Equipping the Youth Justice Sector, presentation on behalf of the Youth Justice Board at the Respect National Practitioners Network, Nottingham, 3 March 2014.
Academic conference papers
- Child friendly youth justice for children in care? Why the voice of the child suggests that this is not the case, Child Friendly Youth Justice? conference, University of Cambridge, 25 September 2017
- Children in care and youth justice: why hearing the voice of the child suggests that we need to think differently, Thinking Differently About Youth Justice, University of Leicester, 25 April 2017
- Hearing the voices of children in care: some early findings and analysis of their perceptions of why they get into trouble with the law, British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Nottingham, 7 July 2016.
- Looked after children and the youth justice system. Looked after children and research conference, University of Bristol, 28 June 2016.
- What are the perceptions of children in care about their pathways into offending? Celebrating Research Day, University of Salford, 14 May 2016.
- Pathways into offending for children in care: early findings. North East Crime Research Network Conference, Northumbria University, 7 April 2016
- Ensuring a research informed approach to working with looked after children in the youth justice system. Costs of Youth Justice Convention, University of Liverpool, 14 October 2015
Policy reports, blogs and articles
- Policy report: Day, A, Bateman, T and Pitts, J (2020) 'Surviving Incarceration: the pathways of looked after and non looked after children into, through and out of custody', University of Bedfordshire.
- PhD thesis: Day, A (2019) ‘Placing Children in Care at Centre Stage: Exploring the Experiences and Perceptions of Children in Care about their Pathways into Offending Behaviour’, University of Salford: Anne-Marie Day Amended Thesis Final (PDF 1380kb)(salford.ac.uk).
- Policy report: Bateman T, Day A-M and Pitts, J (2018) “Looked after children and custody: a brief review of the relationship between care status and child incarceration and the implications for service provision”, University of Bedfordshire.
- Online blog: Day A-M (2018) “Why are we still failing children in care?”, in Criminal Care, Howard League for Penal Reform Online Blog
- Journal article: Day A-M (2017) "Guest editorial", Safer Communities, Vol. 16 Issue: 3, 89-91.
- Policy report: Harris A-M (2015) Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse, Home Office: London.
- Policy report: Harris A-M (2014) YOT Practitioner’s Guide: Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, Youth Justice Board: London.
Full publications list
Anne-Marie is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of youth justice, probation practice, imprisonment, neurodivergence and the justice system and disproportionality in youth justice.