Dr Kelly Richards is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on two key areas relating to children and young people: young people’s contact with the criminal justice system; and sexual offending against children. In relation to the former, she has undertaken research funded by the Australasian Youth Justice Administrators on youth bail and remand, and to support the development of national counting rules for youth recidivism, national principles of youth justice. In relation to the latter, Associate Professor Richards was named ACT Government Office for Women Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellow in 2010, and was supported to study Circles of Support and Accountability (an innovative program for safely reintegrating child sex offenders into the community) in Canada, the USA and the UK. She has continued this program of research and currently leads a project on community-based responses to sexual offenders funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.