Andrew (Andi) Brierley
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Andi is a Univeristy Teacher at Leeds Trinity university (LTU), delivering the Unlocked MSc in Applied Custodial Leadership in partnership with the Unlocked Graduates. This is a relateivly new role for Andi starting in September 2021 which is when Andi transitoned from practice to Higher Education (HE). Andi is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Andi has had an extensive 15 year career in Youth Justice before transitioning into HE at LTU. Andi has authored two crime and justice books, which combine his practice experience and knowledge, research whilst in practice, and his lived experience of adverse childhood experiences, the care experience, school exclusion, drug and alcohol issues and youth incarceration. 

Andi started his career working within the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme (ISSP) with young people assessed as high risk, or on release from custody on intensive licence conditions. This involved project management and risk managing childre and young people through engagement and participation methods. Andi won several awards for Leeds City Council while in this role by engaging young people in projects to raise money for Martin House Hospice, which is a hospice for terminally ill children. 

Having qualfied in 2013, Andi then case managed prevention, diversion and high risk justice involved children and young people within a multi-agency framework of Assessment, Plan, Intervention and Supervision (APIS). Coordinating services around children and young people to prevent them offending, or committing further offences. This involved completing risk assessments and producing pre-sentence reports for Youth and Crown Court. 

Andi then went on to Manage a Family Intervention Service (FIS) area team. A Leeds City Council service that works with Children and Families with Complex Needs to safely prevent Social Care involvement. Andi managed and supervised 6 Lead Family Workers and 6 Support Workers. FIS delivered Whole Family Assessments and the lead workers were responsible for delivering multi-agency family work to improve outcomes for children. This was delivered within the Common Assessment Framework (CAF). 

As a result of the findings of the Prison Reform Trust's independant review of the dissproportionate number of children in care and care leavers in the criminal justice system, Andi develop the role of the Child Looked After Specialist in Leeds. This required front line work, data collection and strategic oversight of developing policies and protocols to prevent the unnecassary criminalisation of children in care. Andi has developed counless partnerships between agencies that improve outcomes for children in Leeds. 


Research interests

Andi is especially interested in the relationships between people that navigate the justice system as service users, and those that work within it. A particular interest in Experiential Peers involvement in participation practice and whether this can contribute to desistance from crime, and develop approaches to prevent Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE).

External positions

Child Looked After Specialist, Youth Justice Service

1 Jun 201631 May 2021

Youth Justice Officer, Youth Justice Service

1 Sep 201330 Jun 2016

Deputy Manager, Family Intervention Service

1 Nov 20121 Sep 2013

Youth Justice Worker, Youth Justice Service

1 Jun 20081 Jul 2012


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