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Prof Neal Hazel
Prof Neal Hazel
postal addressSalford Institute for Public Policy, The Old Fire Station, University of Salford, M5 4WT.
email addressn.hazel@salford.ac.uk
website addresshttps://twitter.com/NealHazel
Key Memberships
Head of Research Centre: Centre for Social Research
From January 2010 to August 2015.
Member of School: School of Health & Society
From August 2013 to present.
From October 2011 to August 2013.
From August 2013 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

Neal is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Directorate of Social Sciences.

He has recently returned from a period as  Her Majesty's Deputy Chief Inspector at HM Inspectorate of Probation for England and Wales.  Neal was responsible for strategy, knowledge and dissemination at the Inspectorate, and designed a new impact-focused method of inspecting criminal justice agencies.

He has directed and managed more than 25 research and evaluation studies, mainly for government agencies and national charities.  His specialist areas are youth justice (particularly custody and reentry), parenting, disengaged young people and community-police relations.  He was the inaugural Director of both the Salford Institute for Public Policy (2013-14) and the Centre for Social Research (CSR.Salford) (2010-14).

Youth crime and justice research has included: two cross-national comparisons of youth justice systems (for the Scottish Government and the Youth Justice Board), the national assessment of the Detention and Training Order (the main child cudody disposal, for the YJB), the first study of young offenders' views of their experiences in youth justice in England (ESRC), a comparison of YOI regimes (YJB), and a comparison of models of involving young people in court-ordered parenting courses (Treasury/Home Office/YJB).  He has led evaluations of a number of government initiatives for the resettlement of young people after custody.   From 2012 to 2017, he is working on a research project to improve policy and practice in resettlement  after custody (Beyond Youth Custody).  Neal's cross-national research was cited and credited in the 2013 U.S. documentary film, Kids for Cash

His studies on parenting and violence against children have included Britain's first ever national study of parental discipline (ESRC), which led to a major NPCC campaign against physical punishment in 2005 ("Hitting means lost it").  They have also included the frist national study of the impact of poverty and disadvantage on parenting in Britain (Department of Health), a study of engaging fathers in preventative services (Joseph Rowntree Foundation), and his doctorate on young people's perceptions of physical punishment (ESRC).

Neal also managed the analysis of the Social Exclusion Unit's consultation on disengaged young people (Cabinet Office).  More recently, Neal has directed research on police-community confidence and engagement (GMP).

He gained a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy, MSc in Applied Social Research and PhD at the University of Stirling, Scotland.  After his doctorate, he joined the Policy Research Bureau, London as Research Fellow and then Senior Research Fellow.  He joined the University of Salford in 2003 as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer.

He is writing a commissioned book on A History of Youth Justice, to be published by Routledge.

Neal has designed 19 Masters- and Undergraduate-level modules and established a Criminology postgraduate degree programme at the University.

Key Qualifications
1999

"A helping hand?": Young people's perceptions of adults' use of physical force in discipline on children

1995

Dissertation: "Seen and heard?": An examination of methods for collecting data from children and young people

1993
2005
Key Projects
2012
May
Beyond Youth Custody-England-wide Learning and Awareness
Big Lottery Fund, £134,544.00.
Principal Investigator: N Hazel (85%). Co-Investigator: A Clark (15%).
2012
Mar
ADAPT Project Evaluation
Salford Foundation, £17,876.00.
Principal Investigator: N Hazel (50%). Co-Investigator: A Clark (50%).
2012
Mar
2011
Apr
Evaluation of South West Resettlement Consortium
South West Resettlement Consortium for Young People, £49,377.00.
Principal Investigator: N Hazel (100%).
2011
Apr
Evaluation of North West Resettlement Consortia
Manchester City Council, £49,518.00.
Principal Investigator: N Hazel (100%).
2010
Feb
Evaluation of YCAP activities in Blackburn with Darwen
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, £44,971.00.
Principal Investigator: N Hazel (80%). Co-Investigators: T Patel (7%), A Clark (10%), M Quraishi (3%).
2010
Feb
Developing policy recommendations for resettlement of young offenders
Catch 22, £2,750.00.
Principal Investigator: N Hazel (100%).
2009
Jul
Evaluation of Youthbuild Salford
National Children's Homes, £20,535.00.
Principal Investigator: N Hazel (50%). Co-Investigator: R Philburn (50%).
2009
Mar
CASE Studentship on Neighbourhood Policing
ESRC, £62,040.00.
Principal Investigator: M O'Neill (48%). Co-Investigators: N Hazel (27%), C Birkbeck (25%).
2008
Feb
Evaluation of the Early Parental Intervention Pilot Projects (Substance Misuse)
Welsh Assembly Government, £11,351.00.
Investigator: N Hazel (100%).
2006
Dec
Active and Positive Fatherhood (SDF - CC12)
Northumbria University, £460.12.
Investigator: N Hazel (100%).
2006
Dec
Young People's Voice on Urban Education (SDF - CC03)
Northumbria University, £4,198.80.
Investigators: N Hazel (15%), R Philburn (85%).
2006
Jan
Evaluation of the RESET Programme
Rainer Foundation, £129,996.00.
Investigator: N Hazel (100%).
2005
Oct
Proposal to: Evaluate the Reset Programme
Rainer Foundation, £129,996.00.
Investigator: N Hazel (100%).
2005
Sep
Cross National Scoping Review and Policy and Practice in Youth Justice
Youth Justice Board, £29,425.00.
Investigator: N Hazel (100%).
Key Publications
Authored Books
Refereed Journal Articles
Audio/Visual Materials
Book Sections
Magazine Articles
Other Publications
Papers in Published Conference Proceedings
Reports for External Bodies
Reports
Key Presence
Conference Organisation
2009
Sep

Invited Conference Chair

Conference Presentations
2013
Sep

 with Tim Bateman

2013
Jul

 with Tim Bateman

2012
Sep
2012
Jul
2011
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2011
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With Megan O'Neill

2011
Jul

With Megan O'Neill

2010
Jul
2009
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2008
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2007
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2005
Jul
Consultancy Roles
2014
May

Designed a new model of inspection with HMI Probation.  The model takes an impact evaluation approach, testing offectiveness on offender outcomes rather than practitioner inputs, and then retraces an offender's journey thr... more >>.

2013
Nov
2012
Jan

Role - Trainer / Consultant

2011
Jun

Role - Director
Grant - £83000

2009
Apr

Role: Director
Contract: £43000

2009
Mar
2009
Mar
2003
Sep
2003
May
2003
Jan
2002
Jan
Honours and Awards
2009
Jan
Invited Papers and Lectures
2014
Dec
2014
Dec
2014
Dec
2014
Nov
2014
Nov

 with Tim Bateman

2014
Jun
2013
Sep
2012
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Memberships of External Bodies
2010
Jul
2010
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2009
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Sep
2000
Jan
Other
2009
Jan

Reviewer for academic journals (Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Legal and Criminological Psychology, Journal of Social Policy) and grant making bodies (Nuffield Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, Youth Justice... more >>.

Other Evidence of External Esteem
2013
Apr

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2009
Nov

Includes live television and radio interviews (BBC1, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Five Live, various local radio) and interviews with The Express, Sunday Express, The Evening Standard, Community Care, teenage magazines, Teletext... more >>.