Simon Gittins

Simon Gittins


Personal profile


Current Role

Simon is a full time lecturer within the UWS Social Work department.


Background Profile

Simon has worked across several local authority criminal justice settings as a criminal justice social worker and as a team leader. 

He has previously held a lecturing position in Social Work at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Throughout his social work employment Simon has specialised in working with people assessed as presenting a high risk of reoffending with violent or sexual convictions. Simon was part of a strategic group that created and implemented National Standards for MAPPA Level 1 processes across Scotland. He was a regular contributor to various training forums.


Research Interests

Simon’s research interests include criminal justice, desistance, public protection, MAPPA, sexual offending, and working with risk.

He is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on decision making within MAPPA (inter-agency risk management forums).


Professional Membership

-          Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

-          National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

-          National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions