Kate Gooch is primarily interested in criminal law, criminal justice, child law and penology. Building upon her experience of working with young people in local authority care and the criminal justice system, her research is focused on the key issues concerning children and young people in the criminal justice system. To date, her work has focused on children's rights, physical restraint, gang injunctions, children in police detention and child imprisonment. Kate has considerable expertise in empirical research, particularly in ethnographic and qualitative research. She is currently undertaking a large prison ethnographic project concerning prison violence and bullying as well as a project that focuses on the legal and experiential issues facing child suspects in police detention.