Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Professor Carol Hayden

  • Role Title: Professor in Applied Social Research
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5554
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Professor Carol Hayden researches children and families with multiple problems.  Within this broad area she has several key specialisms that include: children who are excluded or disaffected from school; children in the care system; Restorative Justice approaches as they relate to children; victimisation and children; children missing from home or care; addressing the needs of children who present highly problematic behaviour in different contexts (particularly in care and in schools).  Her recent books include: Hayden, C. & Martin, D. (eds) (2011) Crime, Anti-Social Behaviour and Schools.  Basingstoke: Palgrave/MacMillan; and, Hayden, C. & Gough, D. (2010) Implementing a Restorative Justice Approach in Children’s Residential Care.  Bristol: Policy Press.


  • Applied social research
  • Children at risk and in trouble (home, school, community)
  • Inter-agency work with children and young people at risk or in trouble
  • Exclusion and Disaffection from School
  • 'Looked After' Children, Child Abuse and the Child Protection System
  • Missing children
  • Youth Justice
  • Violence in childhood


Current research projects

  • Troubled Families – comparative research projects on two local programmes (2013-2015). Funded by two local programmes.

Recent research projects

  • Children in care and custody and ‘troubled families’ policy and practice development (2012) Funded by a Children’s Services Dept
  • Children Missing from Care and Home (2009-2011) Funded by a Children’s Services Dept
  • Evaluation of a Regional Resettlement Consortia (2011-12) Funded by the Youth Justice Board
  • Children in Care - Placement Stability (2009-2010) Funded by a Children’s Services Dept
  • European Safer Schools (2010)  Funded by European Safer Schools Partnership Development

Past Research Projects

  • School Survey - 'Staying Safe and Out of Trouble' (2007-2008)
  • Evaluation of an Educational Programme for Young Offenders (2004-2007)
  • Implementing Restorative Justice in Children's Residential Care (2006-2008)
  • Children Excluded from School (various)
  • Evaluation of Behaviour Management Programmes (various)
  • A Comparative study of Violence in School in England and France
  • Comparing Absence and Disaffection from School in France and England
  • Educational programmes and young offenders
  • Family Group Conferences in Education
  • Social work and Parental Substance Misuse

Research profile

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