Jayne Erlam

School of Justice Studies

I joined LJMU during the summer of 2021 with an interest in policing, mental distress, social care and vulnerabilities.
Following a Social Work degree at Lancaster University, in 2017 I was awarded 1+3 ESRC studentship funding for a Masters in Social Research and a PhD in the policing of mental distress.
My mixed-methods research analysed an administrative dataset on S136 police detentions from one constabulary in the 40 months to April 2021, including narratives from police officers and persons with experience of S136 detention. My thesis was published in October, 2022.
Due to my former career in intensive care nursing and in being a registered social worker, my work is informed across medical, social and criminal models.


2022, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, PhD
2018, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, Social Research MA
2017, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, Social Work BA Hons

Academic appointments

Lecturer, School of Justice Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present


Pickett K, Taylor-Robinson D, Erlam J. 2021. Child of the North: Building a fairer future after COVID-19 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Fledderjohann J, Erlam J, Knowles B, Broadhurst K. 2021. Mental health and care needs of British children and young people aged 6-17 Children and Youth Services Review, 126 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url


Erlam J. The Criminalisation of Mental Distress: An exploration of Section 136 processes Fledderjohann J, Humphreys L.