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Claire Paterson-Young (BA MSc PhD) is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII). Claire’s PhD research examined how social impact measurement as a form of organisational performance management can enhance outcomes for children in custody. A key feature of her research is the development of social impact measurement frameworks that aid organisations to identify the positive and negatives, intended and unintended outcomes of interventions and activities.

She has over 10 years practice and management experience in safeguarding, child sexual exploitation, trafficking, sexual violence, youth and restorative justice. She consults natioanlly with local authorities, police forces and national organisation to develop Child Sexual Exploitation services. Claire is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Claire's research interests are diverse, including: youth justice; imprisonment; social impact measurement; restorative justice; sexual violence; child sexual abuse and exploitation; trauma informed practices; and normalisation of abuse.

Teaching Interests

Claire completed her Higher Education Association Fellowship in 2017 and has experience teaching in criminology and social care at undergraduate and postgraduate level, on modules including: Criminological Imagination; Criminological Perspectives,; Explaining Violence; Youth, Risk and Society; Children, Young People and the State; and Critical Thinking.


Riann Sherratt - Coventry University (External Supervisor)

Primary prevention: Tackling child sexual offending through early intervention


Michael Maher - University of Northampton 

Collective Action in Transitioning States


External positions

Ethics Committee Member, West Midland Police and Crime Commissioner

1 Nov 2018 → …

Academic Special, National Crime Agency

Apr 2017Sep 2019

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Research Output 2017 2019

Building Better Opportunities: Working Progress – Evaluation Overview

Paterson-Young, C. & Giroletti, T., 2019, (Accepted/In press) 16 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesCommissioned reportResearch


Building Better Opportunities: Working Progress – Final Report

Paterson-Young, C. & Giroletti, T., 2019, (Accepted/In press) 54 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesCommissioned reportResearch

training opportunities

Building Better Opportunities: Work Readiness Action Programme (WRAP) - Final Report

Paterson-Young, C. & Hazenberg, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) University of Northampton. 57 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesCommissioned reportResearch


Justice Committee: MPs to investigate children and young people in custody: Written Evidence from Dr Claire Paterson-Young

Paterson-Young, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) 5 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesCommissioned reportResearch

child custody
release from prison

Military Preparation College (MPC) – Research Update

Paterson-Young, C. & Denny, S., May 2019, (Accepted/In press) 18 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesCommissioned reportResearch

occupational qualification



Activities 2017 2019

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (External organisation)

Claire Paterson-Young (Chair)

Activity: Membership of a Board, Committee, Council or NetworkMembership of networkResearch

Learning about abuse from the voice of the child

Claire Paterson-Young (Speaker)
11 Feb 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

Leicester Secular Society

Claire Paterson-Young (Visiting researcher)
10 Mar 2019

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPublic lecture/debate/seminarResearch

Northamptonshire Hidden Needs Report (Update)

Claire Paterson-Young (Invited speaker)
27 Feb 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch


Everybody's Reading Festival

Claire Paterson-Young (Visiting researcher)
26 Sep 2018

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachFestivalResearch


Informing New Violence Reduction Strategies for Professionals working with Young People in Custody

Claire Paterson-Young (Principal Investigator)

Impact: Public policy impacts, Quality of life impacts, Social impacts