Laura Riley

Laura Riley BA (Hons), DipPP, GradDipCJ

Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice


I joined Sheffield Hallam in January 2022 where I am involved in the Community Justice Learning programme, the delivery of the Probation Qualification degree route for individuals training to be a probation officer and undergraduate criminology degrees.

I also act as academic advisor for level 5 and 6 students.

Specialist areas of interest include youth justice, care leaver's experiences within the Criminal Justice System and youth offending to probation transitions.



As an undergraduate I read criminal justice and policing at Birmingham City University.  Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam I spent the past 16 years within the National Probation Service in a variety of roles including as a qualified probation officer, Birmingham Youth Offending Service as a probation officer and deputy manager, and the Ministry of Justice as a national trainer.  I have experience supervising individuals in the community, young offenders institution and adult prison, specialising in child criminal exploitation, youth to adult transitions, and the design and delivery of probation training.



Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Subject Area

Law and Criminology

Courses taught 

Community Justice Learning

Modules taught 

I teach Level 4, 5 & 6 modules

▪ introduction to criminology and practice
▪ controversies of punishment
▪ criminal justice system
▪ rehabilitation of offenders
▪ victims, offenders and vulnerabilities
▪ assessment: purpose, principles and practice
▪ critical review of practice and professional role


My research interests include:

• Disproportionate representation of care leavers in the criminal justice system
• Youth Offending to the Probation Service transition with focus on maturity, trauma and its impact upon engagement and rehabilitation


Journal articles

Riley, L. (n.d.). Youth Offending to the Probation Service - Why meaningful transition matters. Probation Quarterly, 24, 18-21.

Other activities

Member of Care Leaver's Association
Member of Howard League for Penal Reform
Member of Youth Justice Institute



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