Howard Jones was a social worker and academic. After a decade working in residential childcare, he trained as a psychiatric social worker in 1945, forming professional friendships with Harold Bridger and Eric Trist of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He later worked with both men to establish the Leicester Group Work Conferences at the University of Leicester. Stints at Redhill School, Monyhull School, Chaigeley School and Bodenham Manor. In 1960 he published 'Reluctant Rebels', a review of twentieth century therapeutic childcare which focused on his experiences at Chaigeley School. In 1962 he wrote the first British text book on criminology, 'Crime and the Penal System'. At retirement in 1984 he held the post of Head of the Department of Social Administration and School of Social Work at the University of Cardiff.