Dr Kathy Hampson PhD (Law - Leeds), M.Ed (Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties - Birmingham), FD (Youth Justice, Open University); SFHEA

Dr Kathy Hampson

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Department of Law & Criminology

Contact Details

Additional Information

Semester 1 office hours (generally):

Thursdays 12-2pm by appointment (please email)


Current research projects:

Legal education for children in primary school - (assisted by Aberystwyth University Boost funding). This project is looking at what (if anything) children in primary schools in Wales are taught about the law and their rights in legal spaces before they become criminally responsible (at the age of 10). This project has benefited from the research assistance of Akrivi Roumpou and Ashleigh Edwards. The project is waiting for a cessation of the current teachers' strike in order to progress further!

Child First? Examining children’s perspectives of their ‘effective’ collaboration in youth justice decision-making - funded by Nuffield
This project (PI Professor Stephen Case) looks at of children’s perceptions of their capacity for meaningful collaboration in youth justice decision-making processes and understandings of effectiveness.
Project length - 2 years (October 2022 to September 2024)

Research interests:

Children and young people who offend

Youth justice

Youth resettlement

Child First youth justice, 


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Charles, A, Hampson, K, Case, S & Brown, A 2024, 'Challenging Notions of Children's "Participation" in the Youth Justice System: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 12', The International Journal of Children's Rights, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 9-44. 10.1163/15718182-32010002
Hampson, K, Children at risk of criminalisation: Why don’t we tell them?, 2024, Web publication/site, Prifysgol Caerdydd | Cardiff University. <https://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/complex-safeguarding-wales/children-at-risk-of-criminalisation-why-dont-we-tell-them/>
Hampson, K 2023, Cementing ‘Child First’ in Practice. in S Case & N Hazel (eds), Child First: Developing a New Youth Justice System. Springer Nature, pp. 301-331. 10.1007/978-3-031-19272-2_11
Case, S, Browning, A & Hampson, K 2023, 'The Child First Strategy Implementation Project: Translating Strategy Into Practice', Youth Justice. 10.1177/14732254231191978
Hampson, K, Case, S & Little, R 2023, 'The Pains and Gains of COVID-19: Challenges to Child First Justice in the Pandemic', Youth Justice, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 76-96. 10.1177/14732254221075209
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