I set up the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit in 2007 to build upon the collaborative relationship between ongoing research within the Psychology Division at NTU and HMP Whatton (one of the largest prisons in Europe for people convicted of sexual offences, holding approximately 834 convicted adult males). The unit's primary aim is to conduct and facilitate applied forensic research in the area of sex offending and sexual crime, with the research unit sitting at the juxtaposition between the world of prison and that of academia.
I am the Director of the Centre of Crime, Offending, Prevention and Engagement (COPE) at Nottingham Trent University.
Current research programmes include mixed method evaluations of anti-libidinal medication, pre treatment initiatives, prison and community based Circles of Support and Accountability, prevention and desistance work. Also conducting research exploring religiosity and spirituality, editing a series of books on sexual crime for Palgrave publishers and focus on working collaboratively with people who are serving custodial sentences for an offence, together with groups such as friends and family of people who have offended, non-offending paedophiles and people who have been in prison as they seek to integrate safely into the community.
The Safer Living Foundation
I am co-founder and (for 7 years, a trustee) of the Safer Living Foundation, a charity set up in 2014 to conduct (and evaluate) initiatives that help to prevent further victims of sexual crime. The charity run prison and community based CoSA, in addition to Young People's CoSA. There is also a regional prevention project in which free treatment and support is offered to individuals concerned about their sexual preferences. On 13 Feb 2019, the charity launched the Corbett Centre, a community centre for people with a sexual conviction.
I have received several awards for my work, including a Butler Trust certificate in 2016, the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation in 2015 (as part of the Safer Living Foundation charity), the Guardian University Award for Social and Community Impact in 2016 (as SOCAMRU) and The Third Sector Charity of the Year in 2019 (as part of the SLF).