Raising the Voice of Children in the Youth Justice System

18th May 2018, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Faculty of Health and Social Care

At its core, youth justice is court-ordered, compulsory, and adult-orientated. However, children on court orders have a right to a voice on matters that affect them.

In this talk, Liam Hill (founder and CEO of Voice for Children) and Sean Creaney (Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour at Edge Hill University) will discuss the challenges of promoting children’s voices in a risk-focused context of youth justice.

Liam Hill is the founder and CEO of Voice for Children. Armed with first-hand knowledge of where the Care System was going wrong, Liam works closely with authorities to highlight fundamental errors that can so easily be avoided.

Sean Creaney is Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour at Edge Hill University. He was awarded Outstanding Paper in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for his peer reviewed publication in the Safer Communities journal on the benefits of participation for young offenders. Previously, he was a Trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice where he campaigned for a child-friendly youth justice system and advocated the establishment of a rights-based statutory framework. He is currently an advisor at social justice charity Peer Power.


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