We provide an evidence-led approach which delivers thought leadership in the criminal justice system and social care sector.

Our research focuses on understanding how to improve services that tackle offending and the many common social care challenges that can hold people back from fulfilling their potential.

We work to:

  • Find solutions to reduce the likelihood of reoffending
  • Learn what interventions work best
  • Understand wider patterns associated with people’s behaviour



Graham Wines

Our research aims to improve services so everyone has an opportunity to break away from their past and make positive life choices as they navigate their way to a crime-free life.

Graham Wines Director of Professional Standards, Research and Development


Improving social inclusion

The evidence-base we collect is used to make arguments about system-wide changes that aid efforts to improve social inclusion by:

  • Working to strengthen public protection
  • Support desistance
  • Breakdown barriers to education and employment opportunities
  • Tackle inequalities
  • Our research also looks at long-term social care issues including substance misuse, family dynamics, domestic abuse, homelessness and mental health to address people’s needs in a holistic manner.

Through this approach, we aim to help both the criminal justice and social care sectors to embrace new ideas and ways of working to achieve better futures and wellbeing for all.



Our research priorities

Our research priorities will build on our work in supporting probation organisations and their partners to deliver effective, meaningful, and sustainable services, which help people to go on to have happier, healthier or crime-free lives.

This year, we will focus on understanding the types and characteristics of effective interventions, so we can support the development of the strongest and most promising approaches.

Home Office funded research to reduce victims of domestic abuse in future.

Our new study will help aid policymakers’ and commissioners’ understanding of perpetrators’ behaviours to reduce the devastating impact these crimes have on victims’ lives.

The findings will inform future government crime prevention strategies and solutions to end domestic abuse.

Good quality housing helps individuals with convictions lead a crime-free life.

The study will consider the effectiveness of supported housing as a community intervention in the UK.

Through interviews with supported housing residents and staff, our research will explore the impact of this intervention on individual’s rehabilitation.

Our Research Team


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Our Education Research

Seetec’s Apprenticeships, education and skills pillar, Seetec Outsource, provides research that focuses on understanding effective teaching practice and how to improve education services to ensure challenges that learners face do not become a barrier to their learning.

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