Biography

Samantha Weston is a Senior Lecturer at Keele University. Before arriving at Keele in 2012 as a lecturer, she worked at the University of Manchester as a Research Associate. Here she was involved in a number of Home Office and Department of Health funded research projects covering various aspects of drug misuse treatment. Samantha is interested in the overarching themes of social inequality, and the exclusion, discrimination and injustice of marginalized communities. Her research can be consolidated under the overarching theme of ‘Risk Prevention’, particularly how risk prevention measures have been applied to the areas of substance misuse, but more recently this has expanded to include child sexual exploitation and ‘vulnerabilities’. She is the co-author of 'Mental Health and Offending: Care, Coercion and Control'.

Research and scholarship

Samantha's research focuses on the intersection between criminal justice and health, with a particular emphasis on how professionals implement criminal justice and health-related policy in practice settings. She is a steering group member of the British Society of Criminology's Vulnerability Research Network, which was established in 2020 and is currently working with Staffordshire Police on their Mental Health Street Triage and on the implementation of the National Vulnerability Action Plan. Samantha has drawn down funding from the ESRC (CASE studentships), central government (Home Office and Department of Health), the police and the third sector.

Samantha has supervised PGR projects on a number of topics including: military transitions, harmful sexual behaviour, and policing vulnerability.

Funded research projects have included:

  • Engage Communities - An evaluation of their Positive Futures Programme aimed at the prevention of youth crime. Value: £15k. April 2021 - July 2023
  • Staffordshire Police - An evaluation of their Mental Health Triage Service. Value: £15k. October 2020 - October 2021
  • UKRI - Enhancing Place-based Partnerships in Public Engagement Fund, with Professor Derek McGhee. Value: £39,866
  • ESRC CASE studentship - In investigation into how the police operationalise vulnerability.Police Knowledge Fund, Value: £290,541. 2015-2017
  • Stafforshire Police - An evaluation of their CSE Prevention Programme, Value: £30k.2015 - 2017
  • Re-Solv - An assessment of their community-based and schools prevention work on the use of solvents. Value: £10k. 2016-2017

Teaching

Current courses:

  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Mental Health and Offending
  • Drugs: High Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • MRes Social Science Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • Weston S. 2021. An evaluation of Staffordshire Police’ mental health triage: final report. full text>
  • Weston S and Mythen G. 2021. Disentangling Practitioners’ Understandings of Child Sexual Exploitation: The Risks of Assuming Otherwise?. Criminology and Criminal Justice. doi> link> full text>
  • Weston S. 2021. A history of abuse: Documenting the harms experienced by the 'Trainspotting Generation'. Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 1153-1178, vol. 11(5). doi> link> full text>
  • Weston SK and Trebilcock J. 2020. ‘This isn’t just a case of taking someone to the hospital’: Police approaches and management of situations involving persons with mental ill health in the custody suite and beyond. In Policing and Mental Health: Theory, Policy and Practice. Routledge. full text>
  • Frisher M and Weston S. 2019. Epidemiology of substance use disorders among young people. In Substance Misuse and Young People Critical Issues. Chrome I and Williams R (Eds.). London: CRC Press. link> doi> link>

Full Publications Listshow

Books

  • Trebilcock JD and Weston SK. 2019. Mental Health and Offending Care, Coercion and Control. (8 vols.). Routledge. link>

Journal Articles

  • Weston S and Mythen G. 2021. Disentangling Practitioners’ Understandings of Child Sexual Exploitation: The Risks of Assuming Otherwise?. Criminology and Criminal Justice. doi> link> full text>
  • Weston S. 2021. A history of abuse: Documenting the harms experienced by the 'Trainspotting Generation'. Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 1153-1178, vol. 11(5). doi> link> full text>
  • Weston S and Mythen G. 2019. Working with and negotiating 'risk': Examining the effects of awareness raising interventions designed to prevent Child Sexual Exploitation. British Journal of Criminology. full text>
  • Elison-Davies S, Davies G, Ward J, Dugdale S, Weston S, Jones A, Brides M, Weekes J. 2018. Protocol for a randomized controlled trial of the Breaking Free Online Health and Justice program for substance misuse in prison settings. Health Justice, 20, vol. 6(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Weston SK, Honor S, Best D. 2018. A tale of two towns: A comparative study exploring the possibilities and pitfalls of social capital among people seeking recovery from substance misuse. Substance Use and Misuse. doi> full text>
  • Davies G, Ward J, Elison S, Weston SK, Dugdale S, Weekes J. 2017. Implementation and evaluation of the Breaking Free Online and Pillars of Recovery treatment programs for substance-involved offenders. Advancing Corrections, 95-113, vol. 3. full text>
  • Elison S, Davies G, Ward J, Weston S, Dugdale S, Weekes J. 2016. INVITED PAPER: Using the ‘recovery’ and ‘rehabilitation’ paradigms to support desistence of substance-involved offenders: Exploration of dual and multi-focus interventions. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 274-290, vol. 2(4). doi> link> full text>
  • Weston S. 2016. The everyday work of the drug treatment practitioner: The influence and constraints of a risk-based agenda. Critical Social Policy, 511-530, vol. 36(4). doi> full text>
  • Elison S, Weston S, Dugdale S, Ward J, Davies G. 2016. A Qualitative Exploration of UK Prisoners' Experiences of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Difficulties, and the Breaking Free Health and Justice Interventions. JOURNAL OF DRUG ISSUES, 198-215, vol. 46(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Elison S, Weston S, Davies G, Dugdale S, Ward J. 2016. Findings from mixed-methods feasibility and effectiveness evaluations of the "Breaking Free Online" treatment and recovery programme for substance misuse in prisons. DRUGS-EDUCATION PREVENTION AND POLICY, 176-185, vol. 23(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Millar T, Hayhurst KP, Jones A, Davies L, Weston SK, Dunn G, Donmall M. 2014. Factors associated with receipt of residential rehabilitation indicate that these clients are more amenable to drug treatment. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 165-172, vol. 21(2). doi>
  • Weston SK. 2014. The origins of conflict in dependent drug treatment: Lessons for partnership working. British Journal of Community Justice, 9-26, vol. 12(1).
  • Bullock T, Weston S, Ahmed A. 2013. A Common Thread. Drink and Drug News, 12-13.
  • Hayhurst KP, Jones A, Millar T, Pierce M, Davies L, Weston SK, Donmall M. 2013. Influence of drug spend on acquisitive offending by substance misusers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 24-29, vol. 130(1-3). doi> link>
  • Donmall M, Jones A, Weston SK, Davies L, Hayhurst KP, Millar T. The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): research design and baseline data. The Open Addiction Journal, 1-11, vol. 5. doi>
  • Johnson R, Gilchrist E, Beech A, Weston SK, Takriti R, Freeman R. 2006. A psychometric typology of UK domestic violence offenders. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1270-1285, vol. 10(21). doi>

Chapters

  • Weston SK and Trebilcock J. 2020. ‘This isn’t just a case of taking someone to the hospital’: Police approaches and management of situations involving persons with mental ill health in the custody suite and beyond. In Policing and Mental Health: Theory, Policy and Practice. Routledge. full text>
  • Frisher M and Weston S. 2019. Epidemiology of substance use disorders among young people. In Substance Misuse and Young People Critical Issues. Chrome I and Williams R (Eds.). London: CRC Press. link> doi> link>
  • Corcoran MS and Weston S. 2018. Voluntary sector practices and the risk management of offenders. In Contemporary sex offender risk management. Volume I: Perceptions. McCartan K and Kemshall H (Eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Corcoran M and Weston S. 2017. The third sector role in managing serious offenders: partners, collaborators or buffers?. In Contemporary Sex Offender Risk Management, Vol I: Perceptions. McCartan K and Kemshall H (Eds.). (vol. 1). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. link> doi> link> full text>

Other

  • Weston S. 2021. An evaluation of Staffordshire Police’ mental health triage: final report. full text>
  • Weston SK and Cromar-Hayes M. 2017. "This isn’t just a case of taking someone to the hospital”: Police approaches and management of situations involving persons with mental ill health.
  • Weston SK, Cropper S, Lee P. 2017. Independent Research towards Evaluation of the Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Team: Final Report.
  • Weston SK. 2017. The Efficacy and Impact of Community Based and Schools Prevention Work.
  • Weston SK, Cropper S, Lee P. 2016. Independent Research towards Evaluation of the Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Team: Implementation lessons and questions from the first 6 months.
  • Jones A, Millar T, Anderson T, Moody A, Weston SK, Gittens M, Abeywardana V, Donmall M. 2009. The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Final Outcomes Report.
  • Jones A, Weston SK, Moody A, Millar T, Dollin L, Anderson T, Donmall M. 2007. The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Baseline Report.
  • Bullock T, Weston SK, McVeigh J, Bellis M. 2005. Drug Treatment in the North West of England.
  • Gilchrist E, Johnson R, Takriti R, Weston SK, Beech A, Kebbel M. 2003. Domestic Violence Offenders: Characteristics and Offending related needs.

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