Dr Caroline Hughes

Job Role
Associate Dean Student Engagement


Caroline worked as a Probation Officer and Youth Justice worker for ten years before joining the Criminal Justice team at its inception in 2002. She has recently undertaken funded research examining homelessness in Wrexham (see below). Caroline is nearing completion of her PhD which also focusses on homelessness.

Caroline was a joint representative for Wales on the Five Nations Steering Group for the biennial conference on Children, Young People and Crime in the United Kingdom and Ireland between 2006 and 2012. Caroline is a member of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Justice, National Association of Youth Justice and Howard League for Penal Reform, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Caroline’s current research and teaching interests include social inclusion, youth justice, the Welsh context and homelessness. 




Research Reports

Buchanan, J., Hughes,C., Thomas, M., Armstrong,C. Oakely, A., Platt, S., Davies, S. Shinn,D and Nicholas, G. ‘ Beyond the rhetoric of youth homelessness: Telling it as it is’ (2011) Barnardo’s Cymru.

Hughes, C., Dubberley, S., Anderson, M. and Parry, O. (2012), ‘Homelessness in Wrexham: Contemporary patterns and profiles of homeless people with complex needs. Report to Wrexham Temperance Hall Trust, Wrexham County Borough Council and Wrexham and Flintshire Community Safety Office.

Parry, O., Warren, E., Madoc-Jones, I., Baker, S., Hughes, C., Pithouse, A. and Crowley, A. (2011) ‘Voices of Children and Young People in Wales Study: A qualitative study of Wellbeing among children and young people under 25 years old’. Welsh Assembly Government.



Buchanan, J. and Hughes, C. (under review). Learning to become invisible: Young homeless people ‘tell it as it is’.

Jones, I.M., Parry, O. and Hughes, C (2012) Minority language non-use in service settings: what we know, how we know it and what we might not know. Current Issues in Language Planning.

Hughes, C; Dubberley, S. and Buchanan, J. (2012) Girls from Wales in the Secure Estate- sent to Coventry? Social Policy and Society.

Hughes,C. and Madoc-Jones, I. (2005) Meeting the Needs of Welsh Speaking Young Offenders. Howard Journal.