Portrait of  Ben Raikes Ben Raikes

b.raikes@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473610


  • Senior Lecturer within the Department of Social Work since September 2010
  • Project Manager / Mediator NCH Family Mediation Service (Greater Manchester) (2002-2007)
  • Deputy Manager / Mediator NCH Family Mediation Service (Greater Manchester) (1999-2002)
  • 3 years working as Court Welfare Officer in Rochdale / Oldham (1996-99)
  • 4 years working as Probation Officer in Greater Manchester (1992-96)

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research.

Research interests

Imprisoned Mothers and how they maintain contact with their children.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Raikes, B. and Balen, R. (2016) ‘The benefits of prisoner participation in interdisciplinary learningSocial Work Education , pp. 1-12. ISSN 0261-5479

Raikes, B. and Lockwood, K. (2016) ‘A Difficult Disclosure: The dilemmas faced by families affected by imprisonment regarding what information to share’. In: 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 21-24th September 2016, Munster, Germany

Raikes, B (2016) ‘Unsung Heroines: Celebrating the care provided by grandmothers for children with parents in prisonProbation Journal . ISSN 0264-5505

Abass, T., Reeves, C. and Raikes, B. (2016) ‘Breaking down barriers: understanding the experience of British Pakistani families affected by imprisonmentProbation Journal . ISSN 0264-5505


Gallagher, B., Berman, A., Bieganski, J., Jones, A., Foca, L., Raikes, B., Schiratzki, J., Urban, M. and Ullman, S. (2015) ‘National Human Research Ethics: A Preliminary Comparative Case Study of Germany, Great Britain, Romania, and SwedenEthics & Behavior . ISSN 1050-8422

Lockwood, K. and Raikes, B. (2015) ‘A difficult disclosure : the dilemmas faced by families affected by parental imprisonment regarding what information to share’. In: Experiencing imprisonment:: Research on the experience of living and working in carceral institutions. London, UK: Routledge. . ISBN 9781138790469


Raikes, B., Wray, S., Locke, A., Lockwood, K. and Bartholomew, M. (2014) ‘Unsung Heroes: Grandparents caring for their grandchildren while their parent is in prison’. In: University Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Studies research café, 5 November 2014, Univertsity of Huddersfield

Raikes, B (2014) ‘Prisons without wallsEvery child journal , 4 (3), pp. 40-47.


Raikes, B (2013) ‘The Role of Schools in Assisting Children and Young People with a Parent in Prison – findings from the COPING Project’. In: Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges. Selected papers from the fifteenth Conference of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network. London: CiCe. pp. 377-384. ISBN 9781907675201


Robertson, O., Sharratt, K., Pascaru, G., Bieganski, J., Kearney, H., Sommerland, N., Jones, A., Raikes, B., Urban, M. and Cheung, R. (2012) ‘Stakeholder Perspectives on the Needs of Children of Prisoners in EuropeScientific Annals of the Ioan Cuza University Iasi: Social Work Series , 5 (2), pp. 98-114. ISSN 2065-3131


Raikes, B. and Lockwood, K. (2011) ‘‘Mothering from the Inside’ — A Small Scale Evaluation of Acorn House, an Overnight Child Contact Facility at HMP Askham GrangePrison Service Journal , 194, pp. 19-26. ISSN 0300-3558

Kiteley, R., Raikes, B. and Waltham, D. (2011) ‘Picturing Diversity’. In: Paper presentations of the 2010 University of Huddersfield Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 86-90.


Kiteley, R., Raikes, B. and Waltham, D. (2010) ‘Under Investigation: Using Video-based Interviews to Enhance Student Police Officers’ Learning about Equality, Diversity and Rights’. In: Connect 2: The 5th University Teaching and Learning Conference, 13th September 2010, University of Huddersfield Business School

Raikes, B., Beckett, D. and Kiteley, R. (2010) ‘Speaking for ourselves : using video based interviews as material for student officer learning about equality, diversity and rights’. In: Police learning : a changing world, 7-8th September 2010, University of Central Lancashire

Lockwood, K. and Raikes, B. (2010) ‘Disrupted Lives: An evaluation of an overnight visiting facility at a women’s prison’. In: Personal and Public Lives: Exploring Relationships, Roles, and Responsibilities: An international and interdisciplinary conference, 7th - 9th September 2010, University of Huddersfield, UK

Raikes, B. and Kiteley, R. (2010) ‘Picturing Diversity: A Resource for Student Police Officers’. In: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice: Strategies for Inclusion, 18th March 2010, London South Bank University


Raikes, B (2009) ‘Imprisoned mothers: ‘out of sight, out of mind’. A missed opportunity for rebuilding mother-child relationships’. In: Navigating Risks and Building Resilience in Small States, 27 March 2009, Cavehill campus, Barbados

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module leadership responsibilities for:

  • MSc Consolidation in Professional Practice
  • BSc Year 2 Social Work Interventions and Knowledge
  • BSc Year 1 Social Work Organisations and Contexts