Claire Paterson-Young

Dr Claire Paterson-Young

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Claire Paterson-Young (BA MSc PhD) is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII). A key feature of her research is the development of social impact measurement frameworks that aid organisations to identify the positive and negative, 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 nationally with local authorities, police forces and national organisations to develop Child Sexual Exploitation services.

Claire is a member of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Ethics Committee, NHS Research Ethics Committee and the University of Northampton’s Research Ethics Committee. She is a trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). 

She is currently an Associate Editor for the international academic journal 'Journal of Child and Family Studies' and Editorial Board Member for the international academic journal ‘Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology'. She is an Expert Panel Member for the Work and Family Research Network. 

Claire is co-author of a book titled 'The Social Impact of Custody on Young People in the Criminal Justice System' (Palgrave, 2019) and co-editor of an upcoming book titled 'Social Impact Measurement for a Sustainable Future: The Power of Aesthetics and Practical Implications' (Palgrave, 2021). In 2020, she was invited by Springer to co-author a chapter on 'Transformative Outcomes' for the Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Justice, Peace and Strong Institutions.

Research Interests

Claire's research interests are diverse, including:

- Youth studies;

- 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. She has experience teaching in 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: A study of social enterprises

Tuyen Thanh Le - University of Northampton

Social Impact of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: The case-study of Ca Ba Island, Vietnam


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner, De Montfort University

1 Oct 2021 → …

External Examiner, Edge Hill University

1 Oct 2021 → …

Associate Editor, Journal of Child and Family Studies

Apr 2021 → …

Ethics Committee Member, Health Research Authority NHS Research Ethics Committee

Oct 2020 → …

Editorial Board, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology

Aug 2020 → …

Trustee, National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ)

Aug 2020 → …

Ethics Committee Member, West Midland Police and Crime Commissioner

Nov 2018 → …

Academic Special, National Crime Agency

Apr 2017Sep 2019


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