Academic Staff

Professor Jackie Turton

Staff positionFaculty of Social Sciences Deputy Dean (Education)
Telephone2658 (non Essex users should add 01206-87 to the beginning of this number)
Office hoursMonday 2-3pm Tuesday 2-3pm by appointment

Jackie started at Essex University as an undergraduate in 1992 after a career in the health service. She has worked as an associate lecturer for the Open University in the Faculty of Health and Social Welfare and been teaching sociology and criminology since 1996. Jackie is an experienced qualitative researcher and has completed projects for both the Home Office and Department of Health and she tries to link her research and analysis with policy and practice. For example as a result of earlier research conducted on behalf of the Home Office, Jackie was invited to act as a consultant and co-authored a report on interpreting and translation services for minority groups for the Ministry of Integration, Ireland. This report was used by the Social Inclusion Unit in Ireland to develop the National Intercultural Heath Strategy (2007-12), as well as informing the Review of Migrant Education (2009) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Jackie's research with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2004-5) considered the effect of complaints made against paediatricians in the cases of suspected child abuse. This work was used to inform the training manual for paediatricians and the Chief Medical Officer's proposals on expert evidence in family law cases, (see: 'Bearing Good Witness'). The report developed from this research is still being referenced in court cases see A v. Ward (2010) EWHC 16 (Family Division). During the last year she has taken part in discussions about female child abusers on Woman's (Radio 4) as well as Newstalk (Irish Radio).

Currently Jackie is working with a team from Sociology and Health & Human Sciences developing an evaluation of a community project that has been set up to support women who have 'repeat losses to care' - children removed because of child protection concerns.



BA Sociology (Essex)

PhD (Essex)

Research interests
  • Child Protection
  • Children's Rights
  • Children and Young People as Victims and Offenders
  • Professional Responses to Crime
  • Women as Offenders/Victims
  • Sociology of Health
Teaching responsibilities


SC310 Children and young people: criminological perspectives

SC382 Crime, Policy and Social Justice (with Pam Cox - spring term)

SC555 Formative Debates in Criminology (with Pete Fussey & Isabel Crowhurst)

Current PHDs:

Pongpanit Kanravee (Pim) : A critical analysis of the themes of disability, welfare and community in the Thai documentary series Kon Kon Kon.

Barbara Robinson (Human Rights): The impact of gender-based violence on the right to education of girls in Sierra Leone

Shovita Adhikari: Rethinking child trafficking in Nepal: challenges, perspectives and good practice

Ruth Weir ( with Nick Allum) : Understanding the nature and prevalence of unreported domestic abuse: a collaborative study - [Collaborative funded - Essex County Council & ESRC]

Emma Milne (with Pete Fussey): Infanticidal women: a challenge for feminist criminologists [CHASE funded]

Gulcimen Karakaci (with Roisin Ryan-Flood): Wife abuse in contemporary Turkey [external funding]

Angela Jenner: Improving police responses to domestic violence: the voice of the victim [Collaborative funded - Essex Police & ESRC]

Sarah Day: (with Neli Demireva) A comparison of outcomes & safety implications for survivors of domestic violence: specialist versus generic courts [Collaborative funded - Standing together & ESRC]

Previous research students

Ya Wen Cheng: Struggling with justice:Women's experience of imprisonment in Taiwan

Kenny Monrose: Not as simple as ABC: a qualitative study of African-British Caribbean men

Konstantinos Douvlis: Reform through merger: a case study of 1984 police reorganisation

Mushabab Alqhatani: Youth crime in Saudi Arabia

MA by dissertation

Andrew Cadman: Domestic violence and male victims


Recent Publications

Turton J. & Nehring D (at review) The crime that has no name: social constructions of denial in interviews with women who sexually abuse children, Crime, Media, Culture

Carrabine E. Cox P. Fussey P. Hobbs D. South N. Theil D. & Turton J. (2014) Criminology: a sociological imagination, Routledge.

Turton J, (2013) Betrayal of trust: victims of maternal incest, in Warming H. (ed.) Trust dynamics in the governance of children and youth in Europe, Palgrave Macmillan.

Turton J, (2012) Maternal abuse: the emerging phenomenon of child sexual abuse, in Sheenhan, R et. Al. (eds.) Vulnerable children and the law, Jessica Kingsley.

Turton J, 2011, Female sexual abusers: assessing the risk, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice (38).

Turton J, 2010, Maternal abusers: underlying concerns for children, Essex Human Rights Review, (7).

Turton J, 2010/2008, Child abuse gender and society, Routledge.                                         

Haines L & Turton J, 2008, Complaints in child protection, Archives Diseases of Childhood, (93).

Turton J & Haines L, 2007 An investigation into the nature and impact of complaints made against paediatricians involved in child protection procedures, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.


Recent conferences

Victims or Villains: modern perceptions of children, European Sociological Conferecne, Torino, Italy, 2013

Maternal Incest: challenges for child protection, International Academy of Law and Mental Health Conference, Amsterdam, 2013

Betrayal of Trust: victims of maternal incest, European Sociological Association Conference, Geneva, 2011

Female Sexual Abusers: a cultural analysis of denial, British Criminological Society Conference, Leicester, 2010

Betrayal of trust: children's rights as victims of maternal incest, British Criminological Society Conference, Leicester, 2010

Women who sexually abuse children: responses and risk-taking, British Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff, 2009

Gender and child sexual abuse: understanding the risks for children, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Tuscany, 2009

Female sexual abusers: assessing the risk, International Sociological Associaton, Barcelona, 2008

Women who sexually abuse: understanding children's rights, UKIERI, Essex, 2008

A qualitative investigation into the nature and impact of complaints made against paediatricians involved in child protection cases, International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, York, 2006

Complaints in child protection: triggers and targets [plenary session], Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 10th Spring meeting, York, 2006

Child sex abuse: professional responses to female perpetrators, British Criminological Society Conference, Portsmouth, 2004

Maternal sex offenders: criminological considerations, Toledo, 2002

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