2019 date tbc

About the event


Hosted by the YJB, the Youth Justice Convention is the annual event for all those working in the youth justice system, in particular managers, professionals, practitioners and policy makers.

Now in its 18th year, this year's convention is titled 'Child first’ and will tackle key areas in the sector:

Join 40+ outstanding speakers for this year's convention:

  • Charlie Taylor, Chair, Youth Justice Board
  • CM Bobby Cunningham, Custodial Manager & Operational Secure Stairs Lead, HMYOI Cookham Wood
  • Dr Celia Sadie, Lead Clinical Psychologist, CNWL, HMYOI Cookham Wood and Medway STC
  • Dr Jamie-Lee Mooney, Lecturer in Law School of Law & Social Justice, University of Liverpool
  • Katrina Miles, Graduate Teaching Assistant & PhD Candidate School of Law, University of Liverpool
  • Claire Dhami, Implementation Director – Public Service Reform & Inclusive Growth, WMCA 
  • Gwyneth Boswell, Visiting Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • Susannah Hancock, Chief Executive, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Imran Mahomed, Midlands Youth Violence Intervention Programme Manager, Redthread 
  • Dr Henry Kippin, Director of Public Service Reform, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Peter Gates, NHS England Health and Justice Commissioning Manager, NHS England
  • Dr Giles McCathie, Lead Psychologist for Youth Custody Service Organisation, YCS
  • Prof Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool
  • Joel Hanna, Head of Service, Children Looked After Services, Leeds City Council 
  • Quentin Goodman, Operations Manager, Court Team Northamptonshire YOS
  • Prof Stephen Case, Social and Policy Studies Unit, Loughborough University
  • Andrew Baxter, Children in Care Outcomes Team, Department for Education
  • Alisa Purton, Cluster Lead Psychologist for Youth Custody Services, YCS
  • Jo Brennan, Head of Innovation & Engagement East & South East, YJB 
  • Keith Cohen. YOS Strategic Manager, Lewisham Youth Offending Team
  • Dr Tim Bateman, Reader in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire
  • Adrian Stretch, Head of Quality and Continuous Improvement, YCS
  • Keith Fraser, YJB Board Member – Lead for Disproportionality, YJB 
  • Andrew Brierley, CLA/CL Specialist, Leeds Youth Justice Service
  • Phil Rutherford, Head of Service, Walsall Youth Offending Team 
  • Dominic Goble, Bench Chairman, Northamptonshire Magistrate
  • Professor Neal Hazel, YJB Board Member, University of Salford
  • Helga Swidenbank, Executive Director, Youth Custody Service 
  • Prof Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology, University of Edinburgh
  • Lorraine Atkinson, Senior Policy Officer, The Howard League
  • Ebinehita Iyere, Youth Engagement Coordinator, Peer Power 
  • Andy Peaden, Head of Service, Leeds Youth Justice Service
  • Dr Laura Janes, Legal Director, The Howard League 
  • Michael Botham, Head of Service, Sandwell YOT
  • Nick Corrigan, Director, Media Academy Cardiff
  • Abi Billinghurst, Founder and CEO, Abianda
  • Adam Mooney, Programme Manager, YJB  
  • Sabrina Dennis, CEO, First Class Legacy
  • Paula Williams, Board member, YJB 
  • Mairead Healy, Board member, YJB
  • Colin Allars, Chief Executive, YJB
  • Alex Chard, Director, YCTCS Ltd

Key topics for this year includes:

  • Working together to reduce the over-representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people within the Youth Justice System
  • Update on youth justice reforms and YJB priorities
  • Involving young people with lived experiences in the commissioning of youth health & justice services
  • Creating a therapeutic environment in a YOI, step by step: the Secure Stairs framework
  • Lessons & learning from the new Youth Offending Service inspection programme
  • Building Bridges: Developments in Behaviour Management in the Secure Estate
  • YOT Talk: The impact of communication in youth justice assessment interviews
  • Youth Justice Reform – The Impact of Abuse, Loss, Trauma and Attachment
  • Child Sexual Exploitation: Towards a ‘Child-Centred’ Protection System 
  • Driving best policy and practice: key messages from research
  • Working effectively with gang-affected young women
  • Children’s rights in custody: A participatory approach
  • Youth Rehabilitation Order Reviews with Magistrates
  • YJB Youth Advisory Panel: YOT works/participation
  • Reducing Youth Violence: Being Trauma Informed
  • Utilising data to improve YOT performance
  • Constructive Resettlement and beyond
  • Trauma work in the West Midlands
  • Effective diversion and prevention
  • Serious youth violence

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Who attends?

Heads of Education - Heads of Community Safety - Heads of Service - Heads of Youth Justice - Heads of Youth Offending Service - Managing Directors - Operational Managers - Resettlement Managers - Restorative Justice Managers - Service Managers - Team Managers - YOS Managers - YOT Managers - Youth Facilitators - Youth Justice Officers


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