Clare Harewood

Clare Harewood

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Lecturer in Criminology
Departmental Director of the undergraduate programmes

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. Clare convenes three undergraduate modules including, ‘Violence in a Global Context’, ‘Criminal Justice Systems’, and the Criminology placement module, ‘Doing Justice’. She also contributes to the first year module ‘Introduction to Criminology’ and is an academic tutor and dissertation supervisor. Clare is Exams Officer for the Social Policy subject group.


  • 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.