Sean Creaney

An academic from Edge Hill University has been appointed as a member of Cheshire Youth Justice Service Management Board thanks to his established national reputation in the field.

Sean Creaney, Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour, has taken on this new voluntary role and will be advising the Youth Justice Service (YJS) across Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton, and Warrington.

Sean will bring a wealth of experience to the role, both as a critical criminologist and former youth justice practitioner. Sean, who played a key role in establishing the Edge Hill University and Cheshire YJS knowledge transfer partnership, which has resulted in many research and placement opportunities for undergraduate students, said:

“This Youth Justice Service is a high-performing one. The organisation scooped a Howard League award in the policing and children category for their Divert programme and won the Employer Award at Edge Hill University’s Celebration of Achievement event. I’d like to thank the Board, the senior management team and their partners, in particular Gareth Jones and Tom Dooks for this unique opportunity. I am delighted and privileged to be taking on the role as their independent academic adviser. This will allow me to advise, in an academic capacity, how this multi-agency organisation can maintain and strengthen its service design and delivery.”

Sean’s role on the Board will be to ensure other partners are kept up to date with academic research and advances in the field of youth justice and other associated topics, for example, engagement, adverse childhood experiences and trauma based evidential research.

Gareth Jones, Head of Service across Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton, and Warrington YJS, said:

“We have identified Sean as the best person to advise the Board due to his reputation in the field. He has also been a long-time ally to YJS, and his role on the National Association of Youth Justice and his advisory role with Peer Power, a national charity focusing on the voices of children in care, further enhance his experience and ability.

“A smaller but just as influential element is that Sean started his career in youth justice around twelve years ago as volunteer with the Halton and Warrington Youth Offending Team, before gaining employment with them and developing his academic career, and he returns now securing a seat on the Board.”

Click here for more information about Edge Hill’s Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour course.