University of Strathclyde, CYCJ
As research assistant (covering maternity leave), Fern is working on a range of projects including understanding young people’s perceptions of risk and risk management; evaluation of an early intervention service for children with problematic or harmful online sexual behaviour; and supporting the wider research aims of the centre. Her research interest is in the Scottish youth justice system, its processes and interventions; and young people’s experiences of them. Fern has recently completed her PhD at SCCJR which looks at how and why decisions are made in an Early and Effective Intervention (EEI) context. The findings provide an opportunity to analyse a key component of the Scottish youth justice landscape and she is committed to undertaking a range of knowledge exchange activities around the research findings.
Fern previously secured a Masters in Research Methods (MSc) from Glasgow Caledonian University, and has experience of conducting a number of small scale research projects on youth justice issues involving both young people and professionals on issues such as experiences of custody; and stop and search. She also undertakes teaching within the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde and is involved in a number of activities such as Prison Reading groups.