Dr Frank Baffour

Dr Frank Baffour

PhD (Cum Laude)



Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

F. D. Baffour is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has a special interest in the decolonization of the prison and has worked in the criminal justice system, and currently developing a research profile in criminal justice social work. Having earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Social Work from James Cook University, Australia, Baffour aims to utilize social work and criminology theories and methods to understand crime, and improve prison conditions, and design culturally appropriate reformation programs and interventions that are effective for reducing recidivism.

A desire for transforming student/teacher and client/practitioner relationships is at the centre of what he does. He prioritizes the wellbeing of students and clients alike by working towards developing the individual as a whole, including their academic and treatment needs. At the University, his teaching promotes active learning and effective student engagement. Baffour’s research skills helped him win a research excellence award (Cum Laude) for his doctoral studies. His current research agenda focuses on developing a crime prevention intervention that is culturally appropriate and builds on the foundation of social work theories and methods. Baffour’s other research interests are in intimate partner violence, mental health, workforce development, and promoting a healthy university.

Room 170 Morven Brown
  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Baffour FD; Chong MD; Francis AP, 2020, 'Recent Developments in Criminal Justice Social Work in Australia and India: Critically Analysing This Emerging Area of Practice', in Social Work Education, Research and Practice, Springer Singapore, pp. 231 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-9797-8_17
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Baffour FD; Francis AP; Chong MD; Harris N, 2022, 'Mental Health Experiences Among Inmates Serving Life Sentences in Ghana Prisons', International Criminal Justice Review, vol. 32, pp. 5 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1057567720963718
    Journal articles | 2021
    Adomako EB; Darkwa Baffour F, 2021, 'Suffering in the Hands of a Loved One: The Endemic to Intimate Partner Violence and Consequences on Migrant Female Head-Load Carriers in Ghana', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 36, pp. NP11940 - NP11967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886260519888547
    Journal articles | 2021
    Baffour FD, 2021, 'Recidivism: Exploring Why Inmates Re-Offend in a Prison Facility in Ghana', VICTIMS & OFFENDERS, vol. 16, pp. 1161 - 1181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2021.1878080
    Journal articles | 2021
    Baffour FD; Francis AP; Chong MD; Harris N; Baffour PD, 2021, 'Perpetrators at First, Victims at Last: Exploring the Consequences of Stigmatization on Ex-Convicts’ Mental Well-Being', Criminal Justice Review, vol. 46, pp. 304 - 325, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0734016820960785

My Teaching

SOCW1001 Introduction to Social Work

SOCW3012/3013 Field Placement