Dr Tim Bateman is Reader in Youth Justice at the University of Bedfordshire. He has a background in youth justice policy and has extensive experience as a social worker with children in conflict with the law. Tim has written widely on youth justice, youth crime and young people in trouble. He has a particular interest in the experiences of children within the criminal justice system. Tim is co-editor of Safer Communities journal, News Editor for Youth Justice journal, Editorial Board member of Child and Families Law Quarterly and Deputy Chair of the National Association for Youth Justice.