Jeremy Roche studied at the Universities of Kent and Cambridge and joined the Open University in 1995. He is senior lecturer in law in the Faculty of Health and Social Care and Associate Dean (Curriculum and Awards) for the Faculty. His research interests lie in the area of children's rights, law, policy and professional practice. He has written extensively in this field including (with S. Tucker) Youth in Society (Sage) and (with W.Stainton-Rogers) Children's Welfare and Children's Rights. He served on the Management Committee of the Children's Legal Centre between 1990 and 1994 and was on the editorial board of Social and Legal Studies from 1991 to 2003.