Caroline Turley is Head of the Crime, Justice & Attitudes team and is currently on maternity leave. The team work on mixed method studies exploring topics such as offender rehabilitation, radicalisation and extremism, the treatment of asylum seekers, equalities and bereavement.
Caroline is a qualitative specialist and has particular expertise in researching sensitive issues and vulnerable groups, such as victims of crime, offenders and bereaved people. Her current work includes research for the RNLI about people’s experiences of serious incidents at sea, such as where somebody has lost their life. Other research includes an evaluation of Victim Support's Homicide Service for the Ministry of Justice; research into interventions for offenders with Personality Disorder for the National Offender Management Service; and a study examining the behaviour of sexual offenders who have used the internet to groom young people for the European Commission.
Caroline delivers training on qualitative research methods for the Social Research Association, government departments and universities on topics such as research design, interviewing skills and data analysis. She also chairs NatCen’s Research Ethics Committee and sits on NatCen's Disclosure Board.
Before joining NatCen in 2007, Caroline carried out qualitative research at the Police Complaints Authority and BMRB Social Research. She has a BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and an MSc in Criminology, both from the London School of Economics.