Vicky Mooney

Vicky Mooney

Senior Lecturer / Course Leader Professional Policing degree

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building MB219

+44 (0) 1772 89 3664

Subject Areas: Policing, youth justice, child sexual exploitation, sexual violence, safeguarding, victims, crime prevention

Vicky is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree at UCLan.   She contributes to teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences. Vicky has a background in youth justice, community based crime prevention, sexual violence, child sexual exploitation and more recently in higher education.


Full Profile

Vicky has had a diverse career, both in education and working collaboratively with the Police since commencing her journey as a BA (Hons) Psychology student in 2001. Vicky’s interest in investigative psychology fuelled her early education and career choices to work alongside the Police within multi-disciplinary settings throughout her career, predominantly in a safeguarding capacity in Youth Justice and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Vicky has experience writing Pre-Sentence Reports (PSR), recommending appropriate sentences for young offenders at Magistrates and Crown Courts, delivering offence focused intervention for Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes (ISSP), supervising offenders sentenced to a Detention and Training Order (DTO), acting as an Appropriate Adult during Police interviews and supported the Community Safety Partnership in community crime prevention.

Vicky’s role as a CSE Worker involved working in a multi-agency sexual exploitation team alongside Police, Children’s Social Services and Health to safeguard, support officers with intelligence gathering in tackling organised criminal networks, supporting young people to prepare for Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) and Missing from Home (MFH) interviews in addition to providing intelligence during the Force Major Incident Team (FMIT) meetings. Vicky has since become research active by commencing a PhD focusing on the perpetration of CSE, conducting Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) commissioned sexual violence research in Cheshire and Lancashire, Chairing the CSE Public Policy Symposium in London and a peer reviewer for the Qualitative Social Work Journal.


  • BA (Hons) Psychology, Chester University, 2001
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Care Education, UCLan, 2006
  • General Teaching Practice – Leeds Bradford, 2011
  • MSc Sexual Health Studies, UCLan, 2017
  • PhD Policing, UCLan, expected 2023


Quirk, V. (2007). Make Room for Active Youth Participation. UCLan Through the Looking Glass – Reflective Research in Post Compulsory Education. Vol 2(2), 95-104


Chair - Public policy Exchange Symposium on Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation – London - 09/2018

Poster presentation on CSE research – Domestic Violence Conference – Preston - 09/2018

Poster Presentation CSE research – Conference for Doctoral and Early Career Researchers in Social Work – Manchester - 11/2018

UCLan Sexual Health Student Safeguarding Conference – Preston - 05/2018

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

  • Course Leadership of BSc (Hons) Professional Policing
  • Attending assessment and course boards
  • Module Leader for Professional Policing modules
  • Delivering lectures, organising and chairing conferences
  • Assessment of student assignments
  • Academic Advisor and Dissertation Supervisor for BSc undergraduate and MSc students  

Research Activities

  • Scott, M., Taylor, M., Mooney, V., Elvin, D., & Senker, S. (2019). A needs assessment for the support needs of survivors of sexual violence in Cheshire for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Police Crime Commissioner for Cheshire: TONIC
  • Scott, M., Taylor, M., Mooney, V., & Elvin, D. (Forthcoming 2020). A needs assessment for the support needs of survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Lancashire for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Police Crime Commissioner for Lancashire: TONIC

External Affiliations

  • Peer reviewer for the Qualitative Social Work Journal
  • Independent researcher for TONIC Research Organisation