Clare Harewood

Clare Harewood

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Clare's teaching is largely across the Social Policy and Criminology joint honours programme and the Social Policy: Crime, Policing and Community Justice Pathway. Clare convenes both the Criminal Justice Systems, and Youth Crime and Justice modules and contributes to teaching on the Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy Pathway units. She is academic tutor for a number of students across all three years of study, and provides dissertation supervision for students in their final year.  Clare is also the social policy  'Enhancement Officer', and as such welcomes contact from both students (either as individuals or groups) and staff with ideas for projects or events which aim to enhance students’ academic experience and understanding of Social Policy.


  • MA Applied Social Research, University of Birmingham
  • Dip HE Youth and Community Work, University of Birmingham
  • BSc(Econ) Social Policy, University of Wales, Swansea


Whilst Clare's professional background is in youth and community work, the majority of her career has been spent working in the youth justice system. Before embarking on her PhD, Clare worked as a senior practitioner, supervising staff and specialising in casework with young people displaying serious/persistent offending behaviour. Clare's professional background has helped shape her research focus and her wider interest in multi-interdisciplinary practice, practitioner reflexivity and research for practice.


  •  Introduction to Criminology (BA1)
  • Criminal Justice Systems (BA2)
  • Pathway Module (BA2)
  • Youth, Crime and Justice (BA3)


Existing evidence suggests that more developed conceptual and theoretical frameworks are necessary to support the development of family minded services and interventions. Understandings of concepts such as 'family', 'need' and 'support' within policy and practice require examination, and consideration given to their associated impact upon service delivery. Clare's research sets out to surface the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that underpin the delivery of integrated family support. Through examination of policy documentation, practice and the accounts of service users, Clare’s research seeks to extend existing understandings of ‘being’ and ‘doing’ family.