Dr Sarah Dubberley

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Criminal & Youth Justice


Sarah began her career within the Youth Justice arena. She was Mentor Co-ordinator for Cheshire Youth Offending Team and the Youth Federation, recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to work with young offenders across the county.

Her MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice examined the historical development of Youth Justice.

Her continued academic interest is within the field of Youth Justice, Mentoring, Imprisonment and Women in the Criminal Justice System.

In April 2010, Sarah was awarded a PhD for a thesis that examined the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Young Offenders in the Secure Estate.

Sarah began her career within the Youth Justice arena. She was Mentor Co-ordinator for Cheshire Youth Offending Team and the Youth Federation, recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to work with young people who have offended.

In April 2010, Sarah was awarded a PhD for a thesis that examined young people’s perception of, and engagement with, the DoE programme, and, in the case of those in secure placements, the implications of this involvement for their rehabilitation.

As part of this, Sarah had direct engagement with 6 different secure establishments across England and Wales. Sarah was a grant holder and co-investigator involved in the Welsh Assembly Government funding evaluation of homelessness services for adults leaving prison with complex needs.

Sarah has successfully supervised a number of PhD theses to completion, from Homelessness, Child Care Proceedings, Anti-Social Behaviour and Child Care Settings.

2 students due to submit over the next year, these being Trauma based intervention in Youth Justice and the Continuing Professional Development for Occupational Therapists.

Sarah is an experienced PhD external examiner, having examined across the UK in a range of subjects from youth justice, imprisonment and homelessness.

Sarah maintains strong links with Youth Justice, sitting on the YJB Academic Network and Liaison committee as well as the Welsh HWB Doeth Board.



MA Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice



Youth Justice



Hughes, C., Madoc-Jones, I., Washington-Dyer, K and Dubberley, S (2015) Encouraging Signs: A Qualitative Evaluation of Review and Congratulate Panels in the Wrexham Youth Justice Team.

Madoc-Jones, I., Dubberley, S., Gorden, C., Hughes, C and Parry, O (2014) Report into the Incidence of Fire-Setting in the Wrexham area. £17,360.

Parry O., Kennedy L., Dubberley S and Gorden C (2012 – 2014) Evaluation of the Safeguarding Older People in North Wales Project. Age Concern. £15,000.

Dubberley, S., Madoc-Jones, I., Parry, O and Graham, K (2012) Voices of Young People: Young people’s experience of, and compliance with, Referral Orders and Youth Rehabilitation Orders. £10,000.

Hughes, C., Dubberley, S and Parry, O (2012) Homelessness in Wrexham: Contemporary patterns and profiles of homeless people with complex needs. £10,800.

Parry, O., Pithouse, A., Dubberley, S., Baker, S. Warren, E and Carnwell, R., (2008-2009) Evaluation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the Secure Estate and Beyond. DofE. £57,000.


Sarah is currently supervising PhD projects in the area of homelessness in North Wales. She is happy to supervise in the areas relating to youth justice, imprisonment and female offenders.


Gorden, C., Lockwood, K., Madoc-Jones, I., Dubberley, S. Hughes, C., Washington-Dyer, K., Wilding, M. and Ahmen, A. (2021) Preventing Homelessness among Women Prison Leavers in Wales: addressing the multiple and complex needs of women in an age of austerity. European Journal of Criminology. DOI: 10.1177/1477370820980433

Madoc-Jones, I., Ahmed, A., Hughes, C., Gorden, C., Dubberley, S., Washington-Dyer,K., Lockwood, K., and Wilding, M (2020) Imaginary prison prevention with prison leavers. Journal of Social Policy and Society, 19(1), 145-155. DOI: 10.1017/S147474641900035

Madoc-Jones, I., Gorden, C., Hughes, C., Dubberley, S., and Washington-Dyer, K. (2019) Rethinking Homelessness Amongst Prison leavers. European Journal of Probation, 10: 3,  215-231 DOI: 10.1177/2066220318822245 

Gorden, C., Hughes, C., Roberts, D., Astbury-Ward, E. and Dubberley, S. (2017) A Literature Review of Transgender People in Prison: An ‘invisible’ population in England and Wales. Prison Service Journal. September 2017 (No. 233).

Hughes,C., Madoc-Jones,I. Parry,O and Dubberley,S (2017) A place to call our own: Perspectives on the geographical and social marginalisation of homeless people. Journal of Adult Protection Vol 19, No. 3, pp. 105- 116. doi: 10.1108/JAP-09-2016-0022.

Dubberley, S., Madoc- Jones, I., Parry., Graham, K and Roscoe, K (2015) Waking up call: Achieving compliance with Youth Justice Orders. Probation Journal, vol. 62 (1) 7 – 19.

Madoc – Jones, I., Jones, D., Parry, O and Dubberley, S (2015) Dangerous Conversations: a case study involving language. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. Vol 34, No. 5, 439 – 451.

Dubberley, S (2014) The Reframing of Methodology: Revisiting a PhD Study. Sociological Research Online, 19 (4), 5.

Madoc-Jones, I., Gorden, C., Dubberley, S and Hughes, C (2014) From Celebrity Criminal to Criminal Celebrity: Concerning the ‘Celebrification’ of Sex Crime in the UK. British Journal of Community Justice, Vol 12 (3): 35 – 48.

Hughes, C; Dubberley, S and Buchanan, J (2012) Girls from Wales in the Secure Estate: Sent to Coventry. Social Policy and Society. Volume 11, Issue 04 / October 2012, pp 519 531.

Dubberley, S., Parry, O and Baker, S (2011): Mending fences: reparation and the reorientation of young people in the secure estate, Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 24:4, 337-350.

Dubberley, S., & Parry, O. (2010) “Something We Don’t Normally Do”: A Qualitative Study of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the Secure Estate’. Research, Policy and Planning: The Journal of the Social Service Research Group, 27(3), 151-162.