We sponsor research to bring about change in how women and girls are dealt with in the criminal justice system

Our fellows

Our Fellows are at the heart of what we do... 

.....and it is in our Vision and Mission that Griffins:

  • harness the experience and knowledge of practitioners working on the front-line;
  • enable them to identify, explore and draw attention to specific issues relating to women and girls in contact with criminal justice;
  • provide them with the opportunity and the capacity to undertake robust and rigorous research whilst remaining in the workplace;
  • that through the use of qualitative research techniques, ensure the reality of the lived experience of women and girls is captured and heard;
  • supports individual growth by encouraging new ways of thinking and developing new skills, broadening experience and understanding and increasing self-confidence;
  • links them with fellow practitioners, academics and policy makers, providing the opportunity to influence and promote change, locally and nationally.  

Now meet some of our current and past fellows......

They are displayed by the year they joined Griffins, with our most recent fellows at the top.


Photo of fellow, Jessica Southgate

Jessica Southgate

The fellowship helped me develop invaluable research skills and allowed me to explore an area of gender-specific service delivery in greater depth with the expert supervision of an academic.

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My research was in response to increasing political and policy interest in the subject of girls, gangs and serious youth violence, and wider policy and practice developments in the women’s sector at the time. It developed from a personal interest in young women’s experiences of crime and violence, combined with evolving service delivery in this area at the charity I was working for at the time (Platform 51).

My work explored service delivery that aimed to meet the needs of girls and young women by hearing from those working in the field. Since completing the research I have spoken at a number events to different audiences working directly with girls and young women, where I have been able to share recommendations for service development.

Since completing the research I lead on participation with young people in the criminal justice system through the U R Boss project at the Howard League for Penal Reform, and am currently Head of Policy at 4Children as well as a Trustee for Women’s Breakout, the representative body for community based organisations offering gender specific community alternatives to custody for women.

Jessica's paper can be found here.


Photo of fellow Louise Clark

Louise Clark

It (undertaking the fellowship) completely transformed my career; I developed some great professional relationships and was able to apply for jobs and further research opportunities with confidence and expertise.

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Carrying out the fellowship enabled me to progress my expertise in criminal justice and further researching sex working. I developed the national programme (Sex Workers in Prison) SWIP (with Griffins and the Prison Service), completed a 4 year sex work research project with Swansea University, chaired the UK NSWP Policy Group and have just been shortlisted for the Churchill grant to travel overseas to conduct more prison related research. I have spoken at events, presented international papers and written articles. I also continued my volunteering with a local sex worker project which enabled me to develop volunteering skills I have since used in other settings.

Louise's paper can be found here.