The CCJVS is delighted that the REPPP team are members of the CCJVS. The aim of the REPPP project is to significantly improve the evidence base in relation to youth crime policy making in Ireland. The project, which was launched in September 2017, is fully funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Dr Sean Redmond, a civil servant from the Department, has been seconded for three years to lead this project. Sean’s team includes Dr Catherine Naughton, Eoin O’Meara Daly, John Reddy, and Dr Deirdre Fullerton.
For eight years Sean Redmond worked in the Department of Children & Youth Affairs where he took lead responsibility for the evaluation of programmes for children and young people. He joined the School of Law at UL in June 2016, and in October, Sean was appointed as UL adjunct professor in youth justice. Sean’s previous career history includes working in the Irish Youth Justice Service in the Department of Justice & Equality, Barnardos Ireland, and PACE, the prison resettlement service. In addition to academic publication, Sean has authored national reports designed to improve the effectiveness of youth justice programmes and targeted youth programmes. Sean’s interest areas include youth crime and youth justice (with an emphasis on serious crime and criminal networks), “wicked” and complex policy problems, programme evaluation, research and evaluation methodologies, governance in public services, practical theory, and evidence-informed policy making.
Eoin is a youth justice researcher on the Greentown Project. He completed an MA in Criminology in Dublin Institute of Technology. Here, his research on youth offending concentrated on the area of desistance and how some young adults could stay away from crime despite being heavily involved in their younger years. Eoin was previously a manager in one of Ireland’s biggest youth service providers, Limerick Youth Service (Youth Work Ireland). Eoin has been involved in youth justice for over 10 years, having coordinated and managed a number of Garda Youth Diversion Projects in Limerick City. Eoin’s current work focuses on the Greentown replication study and how criminal networks influence youth offending.
Catherine Naughton is a youth justice researcher on the Greentown project. With an academic background in psychology, her PhD research investigated the impact of growing up in a home affected by domestic violence and abuse on young people. An award-winning researcher, Catherine was the sole Irish PhD student to be offered a place at the prestigious European Association of Social Psychology Summer School in Lisbon in 2014 where she contributed to the Psychology of Social Justice section. In 2013, Catherine was an invited presenter at the Department of Justice, Defence and Equality, and the House of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence.
A youth justice researcher, John’s recent professional background is in research, evaluation, and policy development across a range of child and family prevention and early intervention, social crime prevention, and addiction and support programmes. Since completing his MA in Community Development at NUI Galway in 2008, John has worked as a researcher and evaluator on numerous research and programme evaluation projects, mostly on behalf of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (UCFRC) at NUI Galway.