Research Seminars

Our Research Seminars are open to academics, researchers and postgraduate research students from across the University, and postgraduate taught students in the Department. They provide an informal setting for intellectual debate, sharing ideas and collaboration.

All seminars are held in the ELMFIELD BUILDING (Building 31 on the Campus Map), unless otherwise indicated.

Forthcoming seminars

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Wednesday
15 November 2017
Room 109, Elmfield Building

Dr Ysabel Gerrard, Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield

Further details and abstract to follow.

ALL WELCOME. Please let us know if you plan to attend

Wednesday
29 November 2017
Room 109, Elmfield Building

Dr Nathan Hughes, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield

The discrimination and criminalisation of childhood neurodevelopmental impairment in youth justice systems

Childhood neurodevelopmental impairments are cognitive, emotional or communicative functional difficulties, caused by disruption in the development of the brain or other aspects of the nervous system. A growing body of evidence reveals a disproportionately high prevalence of neurodevelopmental impairments among young people in custodial institutions that is consistent across various international contexts. This suggests the widespread failure of current practices and interventions intended to prevent offending and reoffending to recognize or to meet the needs of young people with cognitive, emotional or communicative difficulties. In particular, it highlights the processes within policing and youth justice systems that serve to disable, and ultimately criminalize, young people with neurodevelopmental impairment. This includes inadequate assessment and screening, inappropriate assumptions of verbal and cognitive competence, the use of generic interventions that are unresponsive to learning needs or functional difficulties, and therefore a failure to address key underlying influences on offending behaviour.
This paper will consider the various steps in the criminal justice process at which young people with neurodevelopmental impairment may be disadvantaged, from police interview to court appearance to community intervention to experiences of custody. Furthermore it will critically reflect on the inherent difficulties associated with the key concepts of punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation that underpin such systems, when applied to the lives of young people with impairment. In doing so it will demonstrate how criminal justice systems at odds with international conventions on the rights of young people and those with disabilities.

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Wednesday
6 December 2017
Room 109, Elmfield Building

Dr Sarah Salway, Professorial Research Fellow, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield

Further details and abstract to follow.

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