Kim Turner, BA (Hons), MSc

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Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS

Tel: +44 (0)114 22 22410
Fax: +44 (0)114 2222439



I am currently a University Teacher and Postgraduate Research student within the Human Communication Sciences Department at the University of Sheffield.

My postgraduate research focuses on the speech, language and communication skills of young men within the custodial youth justice system in England and how speech and language therapy is delivered to them.

I qualified as a speech and language therapist from City University in 2004.

After qualifying I worked in a high secure, mental health hospital for seven years. It was whilst working here that I completed my Masters:- Communication Needs of the Male, Mentally Ill, High Secure Population. Whilst in post I set up a new service working with deaf service users and developed a new communication assessment tool which is now recognised as the national standard.

In 2010 I moved to work at HM YOI Feltham with male, young offenders and developed the service there. In 2016 the service won the Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation following becoming the first prison in the country to gain autism accreditation with the National Autistic Society.

Research Interests

  • Young offenders
  • Mental health
  • Autistic spectrum conditions
  • Language and brain development

Research Project

My PhD thesis focuses on further understanding the profile of language abilities of young offenders and investigating the benefits of therapy with this client group.


Dr Judy Clegg & Dr Sarah Spencer


A Lewis, R Pritchett, C Hughes, K Turner (2015). Development and implementation of autism standards for prisons, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour 6 (2), 68-80

A Lewis, M Foster, C Hughes, K Turner (2016). Management of prisoners with autism is not perfect but is improving, British Medical Journal 354

A Lewis, C Hughes, M Foster, K Turner (2016). Improving the management of prisoners with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) Prison Service Journal, 22-26

Presentations & Projects

Author The Box – Criminal Justice Training Package
Key Note Speaker Intermediaries for Justice Conference London, 2015
Expert Witness Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Youth Court 2014
Presenter Lost for Words: Lost for Life London, 2011