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Professor Jackie Turton

Emeritus Professor
Department of Sociology
Professor Jackie Turton
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872658/2650

  • Location

    5.412/6.358, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By appointment

Profile

Biography

Jackie teaches both sociology and criminology in the Sociology Department at Essex and is currently Deputy Dean (education), Faculty of Social Sciences. She started at Essex University as an undergraduate after a career in the health service and completed her PhD: Child sexual abuse: understanding female offenders in 2003. She is an experienced qualitative researcher and has completed projects for both the Home Office and Department of Health and she links 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 in Ireland. This report was used by the Irish Social Inclusion Unit to develop the National Intercultural Heath Strategy (2007-12), as well as informing the Review of Migrant Education (2009). 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). Over the last two years she has taken part in discussions about female child abusers on Woman's (Radio 4) as well as Newstalk (Irish Radio) and chaired and spoken about female abusers at both national and international conferences. Most recently she has been working with a small multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Essex, developing an evaluation method for community projects delivering support women who have 'repeat losses to care' - children removed because of child protection concerns.

Qualifications

  • SRN; SCM: HV

  • BA Sociology (Essex)

  • PhD (Essex)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Child Protection

Open to supervise

Childrens Rights

Open to supervise

Children and Young People as Victims and Offenders

Open to supervise

Professional Responses to Crime

Open to supervise

Women as Offenders/Victims

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Do we make it too difficult for women to talk about atypical feelings? The Ultimate Taboo: women involved in the sexual abuse of children, National multidisciplinary conferences, ccclimited, London 2015

London, United Kingdom, 2015

Assessing the risk: maternal problems & repeated losses to care, IALMH, Vienna, 2015 (with P. Cox)

Vienna, Austria, 2015

The ambiguity of motherhood, BASPCAN, Edinburgh, 2015 (with E. Milne)

Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2015

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

Torino, Italy, 2013

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

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2013

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

Geneva, Switzerland, 2011

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

Leicester, United Kingdom, 2010

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

Leicester, United Kingdom, 2010

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

Cardiff, United Kingdom, 2009

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

Tuscany, Italy, 2009

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

Barcelona, Spain, 2008

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

United Kingdom, 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

2006

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

2006

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

2004

Maternal sex offenders: criminological considerations, Toledo, 2002

2002

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Gulcimen Karakeci
Gulcimen Karakeci
Thesis title: Response to Domestic Abuse in Turkey: A Feminist Analysis
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 21/6/2019
Aviah Sarah Day
Aviah Sarah Day
Thesis title: Partnership and Power: Domestic Violence, the Women's Sector, and the Criminal Justice System
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 7/12/2018
Shovita Dhakal Adhikari
Shovita Dhakal Adhikari
Thesis title: Rethinking Child Trafficking in Nepal: Victimhood, Agency and Beyond
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 17/8/2018
Emma Katherine Milne
Emma Katherine Milne
Thesis title: Suspicious Perinatel Death and the Law: Criminalising Mothers Who Do Not Conform
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 10/10/2017
Kanravee Pongpanit
Kanravee Pongpanit
Thesis title: A Critical Analysis of the Themes of Disability, Welfare and Community in the Thai Documentary Series Kon Kon Kon
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 9/12/2015
Ya-Wen Cheng
Ya-Wen Cheng
Thesis title: Struggling with Justice: Women's Experiences of Imprisonment in Taiwan
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 19/5/2014
Andrew Cadman
Andrew Cadman
Thesis title: Male Victims of Domestic Abuse in Intimate Heterosexual Relationships
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Master of Arts (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 14/6/2013

Publications

Journal articles (4)

Cox, P., Barratt, C., Blumenfeld, F., Rahemtulla, Z., Taggart, D. and Turton, J., (2017). Reducing recurrent care proceedings: initial evidence from new interventions. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 39 (3), 332-349

Turton, J., (2010). Female sexual abusers: Assessing the risk. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. 38 (4), 279-293

Turton, J., (2010). Maternal Abusers: Underlying concerns for children. Essex Human Rights Review. 7 (1), 81-93

Haines, L. and Turton, J., (2008). Complaints in child protection. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 93 (1), 4-6

Books (4)

Milne, E., Brennan, K., South, N. and Turton, J., (2018). Erratum to: Women and the Criminal Justice System. Springer International Publishing. 9783319767734

(2018). Women and the Criminal Justice System. Springer International Publishing. 3319767747. 9783319767734

Turton, J., (2008). Child abuse gender and society. Routledge. 0203016092. 9780415365055

Carrabine, E., Iganski, P., Lee, M., South, N., Plummer, K. and Turton, J., (2004). Criminology: A Sociological Introduction. Routledge

Book chapters (3)

Brennan, K., Milne, E., South, N. and Turton, J., (2018). Women and the Criminal Justice System—Moving Beyond the Silo. In: Women and the Criminal Justice System. Springer International Publishing. 1- 11. 9783319767734

Milne, E. and Turton, J., (2018). Understanding Violent Women. In: Women and the Criminal Justice System. Springer International Publishing. 119- 139. 9783319767734

Turton, J., (2012). Maternal incest: Challenges for child protection. In: Vulnerable Children and the Law International Evidence for Improving Child Welfare, Child Protection and Children's Rights. Editors: Sheehan, R., Rhoades, H. and Stanley, N., . Jessica Kingsley. 9781849058681

Grants and funding

2014

Improving Police Responses to Domestic Violence

Essex Police

Implications for Survivors of Domestic Violence where Cases are Heard in Specialist Domestic Violence Courts and Gernetic Courts

Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

2013

Understanding the nature and prevalence of unreported domestic abuse

Essex County Council

Contact

turtje@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872658/2650

Location:

5.412/6.358, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By appointment