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The University of Southampton
Institute of Criminal Justice Research Members

Sean Creaney

School of Applied Social Sciences, University Centre

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Major Research Areas

I am a Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences at the University Centre, Stockport College. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a PhD studentship student at the School of Humanities and Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University. As part of the PhD research I am investigating why, it appears that, young people are rarely involved in assessment planning and intervention. In addition to this, it is the intention of the study to assess how young people can contribute, in any meaningful and participatory way, to their programme of intervention.

I was invited by the editors of the Safer Communities journal to join the Editorial Advisory Board. Part of the role includes submitting articles to the journal and peer reviewing submissions. Furthermore, I have responsibility to promote the journal and invite authors to write articles on particular topics. I have had six peer reviewed journal articles published in the Safer Communities Journal (a peer reviewed practice and academic journal (ISSN: 1757-8043). One of the articles was co-written with Professor Roger Smith. In addition to this I have published peer reviewed articles and book reviews in the Youth Justice Journal, Howard League for Penal Reform, Criminal Justice Matters, Open Democracy, Crime Talk and the Youth Justice Board magazine for professionals. I am (co) writing a paper on anti-social behaviour with Dr Roger Hopkins Burke and I am writing a paper with Professor Roger Smith on the English riots of 2011. I am also writing a paper for the British Journal of Community Justice entitled still working with involuntary clients in youth justice.

Other expertise

My strongest contribution to grant applications would be my experience, professional expertise and/or academic track record in:

I am a Trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ). I was elected Trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ) in March 2013 (3 year term). The NAYJ campaigns for a child friendly youth justice and advocates the establishment of a rights based statutory framework for children in conflict with the law. I attend regular board meetings in London discussing issues that affect children in conflict with the law.

My role is to actively promote the aims and objectives of the charity; participate in NAYJ activities and contribute to publications and events; and attend board meetings and the annual general meeting. Recently I chaired a discussion with senior professionals, including barristers and legal advisors at the annual general meeting. I also co-delivered a workshop on the role of participation at one of our recent events at De Montfort University. Understanding this, I would be able to contribute to grant applications in relation to children, young people and crime and youth justice generally. Moreover, I am actively involved in research and regularly present at conferences and events. More specifically, I have presented papers at the Youth Justice Board convention in 2010, Women and Crime conference at Cambridge University in 2011, Youth Studies conference at Glasgow University in 2012, a Criminal Justice event at Keble college, Oxford University in 2013 and a Howard League event in central London in 2014.

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