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Qualifications

BA Hons. (University of Wales, Bangor and Aberystwyth), BA Hons. (Open University), PhD (University of Wales, Cardiff), Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work (University of Birmingham), CQSW (CCETSW), Fellow of Higher Education Academy, OpenPAD Fellow at the Open University

About

Jonathan works at the Centre for Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. His research, publications and teaching are mainly in the areas of youth justice, children’s human rights, public care, social work practice and youth policy. He is also a member of both the Wales Youth Justice Advisory Panel and Hwb Doeth.


Experience

Jonathan previously held academic posts at Cardiff University, University of Wales Swansea and Cardiff Institute of Higher Education (now Cardiff Metropolitan University). Before embarking on an academic career he qualified as a social worker and practised as a family court welfare officer, youth justice worker, probation officer and senior probation officer in South Wales. He also gained experience with a Welsh community development project.

Jonathan has also worked in the field of youth policy as a rapporteur and senior consultant with the Council of Europe. Between 2006 and 2010 he was one of the United Kingdom’s representatives on the European Youth Research Network (Council of Europe and European Commission Partnership). From 2012 until 2017 he was a Welsh Labour and Co-operative Party Councillor on Cardiff County Council where he was Chair of the Corporate Parenting Panel, Vice-Chair of the Corporate Parenting Advisory Committee and a Member of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee.


Responsibilities


BSc Undergraduate Teaching and Supervision:

Year 1: Contemporary Crime

Year 2: Understanding Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice (Module Leader)

Year 3: Comparative Youth Justice (Module Leader)

Year 3: Dissertation Supervision


Postgraduate Teaching and Supervision:

MSc Module: Working with Adult and Young Offenders

MSc Dissertation Supervision

Doctoral Supervision (Director of Studies): PhD – Desistance: Pathways out of Youth Offending
Doctoral Supervision (Supervisor): PhD – The Use of Breach in Youth Justice Practice
Doctoral Supervision (Supervisor): PhD – Restorative Practices in Youth Justice, Education and Public Care


Administrative and other Responsibilities:

Member of the Faculty of Creative Industries Research Programmes Committee


Publications

Selected Publications:

Evans, J, Kennedy, D and Heath, B with Jersey Youth Justice Review Steering Group (2019) Jersey Youth Justice Review, St Helier: States of Jersey Government

Evans, J (2018) ‘“Objects of concern” or “risky young offenders”? Assessment and intervention with children in the public care and youth justice systems of England and Wales’ in JT Ulmer and MS Bradley (eds.) Handbook on Punishment Decisions: Locations of Disparity, New York: Routledge, pp.385-415

Deering, J and Evans, J (2018) AssetPlus and Desistance-Informed Practice in a Youth Offending Service: Key Findings and Implications for Practice, Pontypridd: University of South Wales

Evans, J (2017) ‘Artful Dodgers: The role of unreliable narrators in the production of authorized histories and assessments of young people in conflict with the law’, Deviant Behavior, 38(9), pp. 1042-1058.

Evans, J, Jones, R and Haines, K (2017) ‘The Criminal Justice System in Wales’ in Case, S , Johnson, P, Manlow, D, Smith, R and Williams, K 2017, Criminology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, https://arc2.oup-arc.com/access/content/case-student-resources/58ef750f38ec0a0f0070a185

Evans, J, Heath, B & Raynor, P (2015) ‘Jersey Revisited: reflections on the influence of a policy review on youth justice in an island microstate’, Eurovista: Probation and Community Justice, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp. 38-53

Taylor, R, Evans, J, Stuart-Hamilton, I, Roderique-Davies, G, Pierpoint, H & Bartlett, H (2015) The Speech, Language and Communication Needs of Young People from Wales in the Youth Justice System, Pontypridd: University of South Wales, Available at Ministry of Justice: https://www.justice.gov.uk/youth-justice/effective-practice-library/speech,-language-and-communication-needs-of-young-people-in-the-yjs

Evans, J (2015) South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Research: A Summary of Themes, Pontypridd: University of South Wales (Restricted Access)

Evans, J (2014) ‘Responding to youth crime: Reconnecting the disconnected’, Perspectives on Youth, Vol. 2, pp. 85-102

Evans, J (2014) Crime and Juvenile Justice, Strasbourg: Partnership of European Commission and Council of Europe in the Field of Youth

Evans, J (2014) ‘Children in conflict with the law: a case of discrimination?’, Coyote: Youth Work, Knowledge, Policy, December 2014, pp. 28-33

Evans, J (2013) ‘Care leavers and the new offender management system’, British Journal of Community Justice’, 11 (2-3), 195-8.

Taylor, R, Evans, J, Stuart-Hamilton, I, Roderique-Davies, G, Pierpoint, H & Bartlett, H (2013) Speech, Language and Communication Needs Research Project for Young People from Wales in the Youth Justice System, Pontypridd: University of South Wales

Evans, J & Shen, W (eds.) (2010) Youth Employment and the Future of Work, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing

Evans, J (2010) ‘Introduction: Youth Employment and the Future of Work – Key Themes’ in J Evans & W Shen (eds.) Youth Employment and the Future of Work, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, pp. 7-17

Evans, J (2010) ‘Institutional abuse and children’s homes’ in F Brookman, M Maguire, H Pierpoint & T Bennett (eds.) Handbook on Crime, Cullompton: Willan, pp. 458-479

Evans, J, Heath, B, Isles, B, Isles, E & Whyte, B (2010) Youth Justice in Jersey: Options for Change – A Report Commissioned by the Children’s Policy Group, States of Jersey Government, St Helier: States of Jersey Government

Evans, J (2010) Report of Joint Meeting of the European Network of Youth Researchers and Correspondents of the European Knowledge Centre on Youth Policy (2010), Strasbourg: European Commission and Council of Europe Partnership in the Field of Youth

Evans, J (2010) Synoptic Chapter on Employment drafted for the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the Field of Youth, Strasbourg: Council of Europe

Evans, J, Buchanan, J, Hughes, G & Williams, KS (2010) ‘Crime and the Criminal Justice System: Towards a Rational Policy – Introduction’, an Ideas Wales Policy Paper, Cardiff: Ideas Wales

Evans, J, Buchanan, J, Hughes, G & Williams, KS (2010) ‘Children and the Youth Justice System’, an Ideas Wales Policy Paper, Cardiff: Ideas Wales

Williams, KS, Buchanan, J, Evans, J & Hughes, G (2010) ‘Social Justice and Criminal Justice’, an Ideas Wales Policy Paper, Cardiff: Ideas Wales

Buchanan, J, Evans, J, Hughes, G & Williams, KS (2010) ‘Substance Misuse’, an Ideas Wales Policy Paper, Cardiff: Ideas Wales

Hughes, G, Buchanan, J, Evans, J & Williams, KS (2010) ‘Community Safety: In Retrospect and in Prospect’, an Ideas Wales Policy Paper

Arad Consulting & Evans, J (2009) Analysis of support for young people with special educational needs (SEN) in the youth justice sector in Wales, Research Document No: 044/2009, Cardiff: Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills – Welsh Assembly Government

Arad Consulting & Evans, J (2009) Dadansoddiad o gefnogaeth I bobl ifanc gyda anghenion addysgol arbennig (AAA) yn y sector cyfiawnder ieunctid yng Nghymru, Dogfen Ymchwil Rhif: 044/2009, Caerdydd: Yr Adran Plant, Addysg, Dysgu Gydol Oes a Sgiliau – Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru

Evans, J (2009) Report of Seminar on Youth Policy Development in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, Strasbourg: European Commission and Council of Europe Partnership in the Field of Youth

Evans, J, Volpi, S & Williamson, H (2009) Final Evaluation Report of the All Different All Equal Campaign, Strasbourg: Council of Europe

Evans, J (2008) Evaluation Report of the All Different All Equal Campaign: Preliminary Findings and Emerging Themes, Strasbourg: Council of Europe

Evans, J (2008) Report of Consultative Seminar (2008) on Youth Policy in the Russian Federation, Strasbourg: European Commission and Council of Europe Partnership in the Field of Youth

Evans, J (2007) Report of Consultative Seminar (2007) on Youth Policy in the Russian Federation, Strasbourg: European Commission and Council of Europe Partnership in the Field of Youth

Evans, J (2007) Youth Policy in Ukraine, Strasbourg: Council of Europe

Scourfield, J, Evans, J, Shah, W & Beynon, H (2005) ‘The Negotiation of Minority Ethnic Identities in Virtually All-White Communities: Research with Children and their Families in the South Wales Valleys’, Children and Society, 19, pp. 211-224

Evans, J (2005) Youth Policy in Malta, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing

Evans, J (2005) , La Politique de la Jeunesse a Malta, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing

Evans, J (2005) Youth Policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Advisory Mission for the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Strasbourg: Council of Europe

Evans, J & Wood, F (2004) ‘Ely: A “Dangerous Place” Revisited’, Journal of ContemporaryWales, Vol. 16, pp. 24-38

Evans, J (2004) ‘“Venerating Our Angels or Exorcising Their Demons?” – The management of young people in the welfare and criminal justice systems of England and Wales’, in M. Millimeister, (ed.) Aspects de la recherché jeunesse: Risques, desavantages, opportunites, Luxembourg: Journee Cesije, pp. 7-49

Cross, N., Evans, J. & Minkes, J. (2003) ‘Still Children First? – Developments in Youth Justice in Wales’, Youth Justice, Vol. 2, No. 3, February 2003, pp. 151-162

Evans, J (2003) ‘Young People and Violence: Youth Justice in England and Wales’, in Lentin, A., (ed.) Researching Violence – The Youth Dimension, Strasbourg: Council of Europe, pp. 65-98

Evans, J (2003) ‘How Do We Perceive Young People?’, Ramberg, I (ed.) Learning from Violence, Council of Europe Publishing, pp. 19-34

Evans, J. (2003) ‘Social Work Education and Criminal Justice Practice in Wales and England’, in Labonte-Roset, C., Marynowicz-Hetka, E. & Szmagalski, J. (Eds.) Social Work Education and Practice in Today’s Europe – Challenges and the Diversity of Responses, Katowice: Slask Publishing, pp.40 –47

Scourfield, J, Evans, J., Shah, W. & Beynon, H. (2002) ‘Responding to the experience of minority ethnic children in virtually all-white communities’, Child and Family Social Work, August 2002, Vol. 7, Issue 3, pp. 161-175

Scourfield, J., Beynon, H. Evans, J. & Shah, W. (2002) ‘Not a Black and White Issue’ – The Experience of black and minority ethnic children living in the South Wales Valleys, Cardiff: Barnardos

Evans, J. (2001) ‘The Implications of Devolved Power for Social Work and Social Policy in the Welsh Context’, in Helppikangas, P. (Ed.) International Summer School of Social Work – NGO’s, Socio-Political Systems in Different Countries, Rovaniemi: Lapin Yliopisto, pp. 115-155

Evans, J. & Wood, F. (1999), Living in Ely: the experience of service provision and harassment amongst the black and ethnic minority population, Cardiff: Barnardos

Pithouse, A., Evans, J. & Scourfield, J, (1998) ‘Standards for Accreditation in Home Care: Setting the Agenda for Induction and Staff Training’, Managing Community Care, vol. 6, issue 6, pp. 24 -30,

Evans, J. Pithouse, A. & Scourfield, J. (1998) – ‘Sign up for best practice’, Home Care Professional, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 16-17

PERSONAL BLOG:

https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/oublog/view.php?user=79049

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS:

2019: ‘The Jersey Youth Justice Review 2018: Embedding and Operationalising Children’s Rights in Policy and Practice’, Wednesday@One Seminar at University of South Wales, Trefforest Campus, Wales

2018: ‘“Objects of Concern” or “Risky Young Offenders”? Assessment and Intervention with Children in the Public Care and Youth Justice Systems of England and Wales’, Thematic Session of Division of Sentencing & Corrections Handbook Series Volume 2 Panel 1: Punishment Decisions: Locations of Disparity, American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

2018: ’Dragonisation in Youth Justice: A beacon of progressive practice or a foundation myth of Welsh devolution? WISERD (Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research Data and Methods) Annual Conference, University of South Wales, Trefforest Campus, Wales

2018: (With John Deering) ‘The Implementation of Asset Plus: The delivery or demise of a desistance model of practice?’, Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice Annual Conference, University of Wales, Gregynog, Wales

2018: (With John Deering) ‘Desistance Theory: A New Paradigm for Youth Justice Practice?’, Wednesday@One Seminar, University of South Wales, Trefforest Campus, Wales

2017: ‘Practitioner texts, official documents and unreliable narrators in the youth justice system’, 2nd Narrative Criminology Symposium, University of Oslo, Norway

2017: ‘Almost Human? Exercising Children’s Rights in the World of “Grown-Up” Politics: Revisiting the case of Wales’, Wednesday@One Seminar, University of South Wales, Trefforest Campus, Wales

2016: Poster Presentation with Dr John Deering – ‘Paradigm Shift or “Business as Usual”? – Researching Change and Continuity in Youth Justice Practice’. British Academy and University Alliance Conference, ‘Interdisciplinary Research’, hosted by University of West of England at M Shed, Bristol, England

2016: Presented evidence to Lord Laming’s Inquiry (commissioned by the Prison Reform Trust) on the ‘Relationship between the Looked After Children and Youth Justice Systems’, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff

2016: Public Policy Institute for Wales – Invited contributing expert at Workshop on ‘De-escalating interventions with troubled adolescents’, Cardiff University, Wales.

2015: ‘Almost Human? Exercising Children’s Rights in the World of “Grown-Up” Politics’, American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA

2015: ‘Reflections on the impact of a Youth Justice Policy Review: effecting systemic change in small and devolved jurisdictions’, Conference on ‘Young People and the Law: international approaches to care, corrections and interventions’ at Monash University Centre, Prato, Italy.

2014: ‘Police and Crime Commissioners: Addressing a Democratic Deficit?’, American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA

2013: ‘The Social Context of Youth Crime’, Joint Youth Justice Board and Welsh Government Conference on Youth Justice, Llandrindod Wells, Wales

2013: ‘Police & Crime Commissioners and Governance’ (with Professor Trevor Jones, Cardiff University), Wales Branch of British Society of Criminology, University of South Wales (Trefforest Campus), Wales

2013: ‘Crime and Justice’, Youth in 2020 – the Future of Youth Policies Conference, Youth Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe, Budapest, Hungary.

2012: ‘Developing Non-Criminalising Interventions with Anti-Social Behaviour’, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology’, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2010: ‘Youth Justice Policy: Time for a Change?’, Presentation at public seminar, the University of Glamorgan, Trefforest, Wales.

2010: ‘Corporate Parenting and the Criminal Justice System’, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California, USA

2010: ‘Democratic Youth Structures’, South East Europe Youth Gathering Conference, Ohrid, Macedonia.

2010: ‘Youth Justice: Preliminary Considerations and the Identification of Key Principles’, Seminar on ‘Youth Justice in Jersey: Options for Change’, St Helier, Jersey

2009: ‘The Additional Learning Support Needs of Young People in the Youth Justice System’, Welsh Criminology Conference at University of Wales, Gregynog, Wales

2008: ‘Targeted Programmes: High Risk Groups and Talented Young People’, Joint Seminar on Youth Policy organised by the Council of Europe, European Commission and Russian Federation. Strasbourg, France.

2008: ‘Evaluation of the All Different – All Equal Campaign: Preliminary findings and emerging themes’, Council of Europe Conference, ‘Evaluation and Vision: All Different – All Equal, European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation’, Portimao, Portugal.

2007: ‘Assessment and Intervention in Welfare and Juvenile Justice: Professional constructions of young people’, American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

2007: ‘Young People in Europe: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses’, Consultative Seminar on Youth Policy Co-operation between the Council of Europe, European Commission and Russian Federation. Moscow, Russia.

2007: ‘Introductory Address’ to Council of Europe and European Commission Research Seminar ‘Youth Employment and the Future of Work’. Strasbourg, France.

2005: ‘Developing “European” Youth Policy in Former Yugoslavia’, Colloquium of Network of Development Researchers. University of Wales Gregynog, Wales.

2005: ‘The Role of the Practitioner in Social Policy’ at International Seminar on Social Work. University of Kassel, Germany.

2004: ‘Opening Address’ at Inaugural Colloquium of the Network of Development Researchers. University of Wales Gregynog, Wales.

2004: ‘Venerating Our Angels or Exorcising Their Demons? – The management of young people in the welfare and criminal justice systems of England and Wales’, Conference of Cesije. Luxembourg.

2003: ‘Presentation of International Review of Youth Policy in Malta’, CDEJ. Council of Europe, Budapest, Hungary

2003: ‘Presentation of Preliminary Findings of International Review of Youth Policy in Malta’, Valletta, Malta

2002: ‘Young People and Violence: Youth Justice in England and Wales’, Council of Europe Symposium on Researching Violence – the Youth Dimension’. Budapest, Hungary.

2001: ‘Social Work Education and Criminal Justice Practice in England and Wales’, European Association of Schools of Social Work Conference. University of Lodz, Poland.

2001: ‘The Implications of Devolved Power for Social Work and Social Policy in the Welsh Context’, International Summer School on Social Work. University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.

Memberships

OpenPAD Fellow at The Open University
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Faculty of Creative Industries Research Programmes Committee, University of South Wales
Member of the Centre for Criminology, University of South Wales
Member of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of South Wales
Member of the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales, University of South Wales

Member of the British Society of Criminology
Member of the National Association of Youth Justice
Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform
Member of Social Policy Association


External

Policy and Practice:

Member of Wales Youth Justice Advisory Panel
Member of Hwb Doeth – Youth Justice Board Cymru Effective Practice Forum
Member of Laming Review Welsh Action Plan Task and Finish Group
Member of Welsh Fabian Society Steering Group
Children’s Cross-Party Group, National Assembly for Wales
Academics for Equal Protection
Children’s Social Policy Group

Academic:

Associate Lecturer: The Open University
Peer Reviewer: British Journal of Social Work; and Crime, Law and Social Change.


Previous academic commitments have included the following:
external examining for the University of Essex, Leeds Metropolitan University, University of Wales Newport and Andhra University;
external panel membership at a validation event at York St John University;
membership of Youth Justice Board Cymru Enhanced Case Management Steering Group;
and peer reviewing responsibilities for the Journal of Common Market Studies and Qualitative Social Work.

Policy work has included serving on both the National Executive and Research & Publications Committees of the Fabian Society.

Consultancy

Interests in youth justice, children’s rights, youth policy, Looked After Children/public care/corporate parenting, social work, probation, devolution and local government.

Research


Research Interests:

Youth Justice
Youth Policy
Public Care and Welfare Systems for Children and Young People
Children, Social Work and Social Policy

Past research project funding has been secured from the Ministry of Justice, States of Jersey Government, Welsh Government, Council of Europe, European Commission and Barnardos.

Areas of Expertise

Youth Justice Policy and Practice

Twitter

@Jonathan__Evans

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