Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson

Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Lecturer in Criminology
Dissertation Convenor

Contact details

Address
School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Sarah's academic research is concerned with children and young people’s varied journey impediments and their consequences.

Ideas are drawn from the new mobilities paradigm in order to problematise underexplored areas of children and young people’s lives.In particular, the rejection of static-place based societal understandings, allows movement inequalities to instead be foregrounded. Her research particularly develops ideas about convicted children’s contradictory mobilities, which arise from the coupling of ‘kinetic underclass’ membership with heightened compulsory journey demands, following a conviction. When not present and punctual, adverse outcomes can include long term unmet needs, service withdrawal and punishment. Her research strives to support the effective and proportionate treatment of children and young people who have a limited strategic voice in this somewhat overlooked policy area. As such, her recent academic work has become focused on the call for policy change through a ‘minimum mobility standard’, below which no child should fall. The Standard calls for an obligatory journey support offer to be made when children present with personal, household, locality/transport and service delivery problems that can result in journey impediments.

She has been working on an ESRC project in collaboration with Cheshire and Coventry Youth Justice Services. The project objectives are to design and distribute a visual communication tool that supports the enhancement of practice conversations on journey problems. The tool has been co-designed with young people in Cheshire and piloted by practitioners in Coventry. This tool forms an informal practice partnership with the policy-based minimum mobility standard. Following distribution within and beyond the youth justice sector, anticipated outcomes will include effective practice, enhanced attendance/engagement and a limitation of adverse outcomes, including prolonged unmet needs and punishment.  

Feedback and office hours

Office Hours Semester 1: Tuesday 3-4.30pm, Wednesday 10-11.30am 

Office Hours Semester 2: Tuesday 3-4.30pm, Wednesday 12-1.30pm

Qualifications

  • PhD in Social Policy, University of York
  • MRes Social Policy, University of York
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy, University of York
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Teaching

  • Crime and the City
  • Youth, Crime and Justice
  • Undergraduate Dissertation Workshops
  • Postgraduate Dissertation Workshops

Research

Sarah's academic research is concerned with children and young people’s service access impediments and their consequences.

Ideas are drawn from the new mobilities paradigm to problematise children and young people’s underexplored service access journeys. By rejecting static-place based societal understandings, this work instead foregrounds movement inequalities. This has allowed the development of ideas on convicted children’s contradictory mobilities, arising when ‘kinetic underclass’ membership is coupled with heightened compulsory journey demands. When not present and punctual, adverse outcomes for children and young people can include long term unmet needs, service withdrawal and punishment. As such, existing research activities are focused on effective and proportionate treatment and the promotion of strategic voice. Recent research focuses on the call for policy change through a Minimum Mobility Standard, below which no child should fall. The Standard recommends an obligatory journey support offer when children and young people present at services with particular personal, household, locality/transport and service delivery problems.

A recent ESRC research collaboration [grant ES/M500446/1] has facilitated the design and distribution of a new visual communication tool Shifting Journey Cards in support of practice conversations about journey problems. The tool was co-designed with young people in Cheshire and is being piloted by practitioners in Coventry. Distribution within and beyond the youth justice sector will support effective practice while enhancing attendance and engagement. In turn, this should limit adverse outcomes including prolonged unmet needs or punishment.  

Other activities

    • Youth Justice Board Academic Advisory Panel Member (current)
  • Trustee, Association of Panel Members (current)
  • Postgraduate Committee Secretary, British Society of Criminology (2016-2017)
  • Executive Committee Member, Social Policy Association (2011-2014)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications

Peer Reviewed:

Brooks-Wilson, S., (2019), Youth Transport Poverty? (forthcoming)

Brooks-Wilson, S., (2018), Towards a Minimum Mobility Standard? An Examination of Childhood Deprivation and Youth Justice Journey Adversity (under review)

Brooks-Wilson, S., (2018), Do Youth Justice Geographies Shape Accessibility Support? (forthcoming)

Snell, C., and Brooks-Wilson, S., (2014), Education for sustainable development and welfare reform: a very British case study? in Fitzpatrick, T., (ed) International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Brooks-Wilson, S. and Snell, C., (2012) 'Hard to reach' or 'accessible when approached'? Sustainable development discussions with marginalized pupil groups, Children, Youth and Environments, 22:2, 1-24.

Wilson, S.J., and Snell, C., (2010), ‘Bad for the penguins … because they need ice and that to live on’: an exploratory study into the environmental views, concerns and knowledge of socially disadvantaged young people, Journal of Youth Studies 13: 2, 151 – 168 https://doi.org/10.1080/13676260903233704

Other:

Brooks-Wilson, S., (2017), Do youth justice responses to young people’s poorly equipped passage through complex local spaces contravene Article 37 of the UNCRC? Comment piece for the Howard League for Penal Reform

Brooks-Wilson, S., (2016), Accessing Youth Justice Services: an information leaflet on some of the problems and solutions, disseminated through the Youth Justice Board Research Resource Hub

Brooks-Wilson, S., (2016), The importance of youth justice journey problems and absence, Research submission to the Taylor Review of the Youth Justice System, disseminated through the Youth Justice Board Research Resource Hub

Brooks-Wilson, S., (2016), The closing gap between education and youth justice comment piece for the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, updated 29/3/16

Brooks-Wilson, S., (2014), Why isn't the child poverty consultation more child friendly? Comment piece for Inequalities, updated 8/3/14.

Brooks-Wilson, S., (2013), Why punish convicted young people for their absence when they can’t get there? Comment article for No Offence, updated 13/12/13.

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