3rd-4th December 2019, The NEC, Birmingham

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. This year's title is: Youth Justice Convention 2019: Working together, making a difference

Join 70+ speakers confirmed for the 19th Annual Youth Justice Convention:

  • Luke Ambler, former professional rugby player, dad, entrepreneur, awardwinning mental health campaigner, charity chairman, and motivational speaker
  • Dr Kris Christmann, Project Lead/Senior Lecturer in Criminology Applied Criminology & Policing Centre, University of Huddersfield
  • Harriet Mills, Clinical Psychologist, Enhanced Constructive Resettlement (ECR) London Borough of Camden
  • Rachael Owens, Social work practice advisor, Contextual Safeguarding Team, University of Bedfordshire
  • Detective Superintendent Stan Gilmore, Head of Protecting Vulnerable People, Thames Valley Police 
  • Nathaniel O’Brien, Senior coordinator for Young People’s Benchmarking Forum, Catch 22 
  • Jane Brueseke, Youth Engagement Manager, Waltham Forest Council, Youth Engagement 
  • Ami Wilcock, Senior Social Worker, Complex Safeguarding Hub, Manchester City Council
  • David McLean, Youth Offending Service Group Manager, Havering Youth Offending Team
  • Kate Langley, Service Manager ,Youth Justice and Community Teams, Gloucestershire 
  • Stacey Waller, Practice Supervisor – Partners in Practice, Lincolnshire YOT/Future4Me
  • Katy Thompson, Streetbase Coordinator, Waltham Forest Council, Youth Engagement
  • Trevor Woodhouse, Constructive Resettlement Pathfinder Lead Leeds Local Authority
  • Will Donovan, Seconded YOT Officer, Leeds Youth Justice Service, West Yorkshire
  • Jamal Khan, YIAG/Streetbase Lead, Waltham Forest Council, Youth Engagement
  • Donna Molloy, Director of Policy and Practice, The Early Intervention Foundation
  • Samantha Matthews, Youth Justice Manager, East Riding Youth Offending Team
  • John Pitts, Vauxhall Professor of Socio-legal Studies, University of Bedfordshire
  • Phil Skidmore, Youth Crime Network Practitioner, London Borough of Hillingdon
  • Angus Mulready-Jones, Team Leader Children and Young Adults HMI Prisons
  • Tom Lang. Manchester Youth Justice Team Manager, Manchester City Council
  • Dr Nicola Silvester, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Lincolnshire YOT/Futuer4Me
  • Laura De Franco, Gangs and Violence Reduction Cluster Manager, Catch 22
  • Gerry Wareham, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Rachel Dickinson, President, Association of Directors of Children’s Services
  • Dr Simon Harding, Professor of Criminology, Middlesex University London
  • Katya Moran, Joint Head of Youth Justice Legal Centre, Just for Kids Law 
  • Linda Logan, Chair of Youth Courts Committee, Magistrates’ Association
  • Hollie Hartley, Co-production & Engagement Worker, Peer Power Youth
  • Speaker: Paul Thorpe, Trustee Youth Ink at the heart for the community
  •  Andrew Hillas, Head of Service, Southwark youth Offending Service
  • Jo Easton, Director of policy and research, Magistrates’ Association
  • Kathryn Wyatt, Operational Manager, London Borough of Hillingdon
  • Aika Stephenson, Cofounder and Legal Director, Just for Kids Law
  • Pippa Goodfellow, Director, Standing Committee for Youth Justice
  • Jane O'Brien, Director of Evidence ,The Youth Endowment Fund 
  • Mifta Choudhury, CEO, Youth Ink at the heart for the community
  • Richard Parsons, Project Manager/Principal Engineer, RHDHV
  • Caroline Drummond, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Nacro 
  • Will Linden, Deputy Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
  • Jim Pearson, Team Manager, Essex Youth Offending Service
  • Steve Chalke, Oasis Charitable Trust, Secure School provider
  • Lib Peck, Director, Violence Reduction Unit, Mayor of London
  • Hazel Williamson, Vice Chair, Association of YOT Managers
  • Ges Smith, Headteacher, Jo Richardson Community School
  • Alan MacDonald, Head of Youth Programme, HMI Probation
  • Trevor Brown, YOS Manager, Birmingham Children’s Trust
  • Mike Cawthorn, Director & Business Solution, Catalyst IT
  • Anne-Marie Day, Researcher, University of Bedfordshire
  • Stephanie Roberts-Bibby, Chief Operating Officer, YJB
  • Sonia Brooks OBE, Governor Werrington HMPPS YCS
  • Temi Mwale, Managing Director, The 4Front Project Ltd
  • Andy Peaden, Chair, Association of YOT Managers
  • Penelope Gibbs, Director, Transform Youth Justice
  • Ria Perez, Engagement Worker, Peer Power Youth
  • Aaron Johnson, Custody Coach, DIVET London
  • Tyron Bailey, Project Coordinator, St Giles Trust
  • Kerrie Henton, Principal, Stone Soup Academy
  • Lauran Easton, RA, University of Huddersfield 
  • Anne-Marie Douglas, CEO, Peer Power Youth 
  • Paul Creelman, North Yorkshire, The Skill Mill
  • Bobby Kasanga, Founder, Hackney Wick FC
  • Dr Sue Thomas, Programme Manager, YJB
  • Professor Neal Hazel, Board Member, YJB
  • Neil Bower, Programme Manager, YJB
  • David Parks, Director, The Skill Mill 
  • Sharon Gray, Youth Justice Board 
  • Andy Peaden, HOS, Leeds, YOS
  • Charlie Taylor, Chair, YJB

Key topics for this year include:

  • Fresh perspectives: hear from children and young people who are improving the system
  • Cultivating and nurturing young leaders to engage in co-production, peer engagement and social action
  • Effective early intervention to prevent offending – the new Youth Endowment Fund
  • The Pathways of incarcerated children in care – findings and recommendations
  • Loneliness and exploitation - the perspectives of young people leaving care
  • Successfully Engaging Young People – Making Participation Meaningful
  • Contextual safeguarding - An introduction for youth justice professionals
  • Children’s social media use as a driver for youth violence and offending
  • Knife Crime Prevention Orders - what would a successful pilot look like? 
  • How do we reduce disproportionately in the criminal justice system? 
  • Tackling criminal exploitation early, through the use of analytics
  • County lines: tackling organised crime and criminal exploitation
  • Beyond Criminal Records - “Nothing stops a bullet like a job”
  • The Response to Child Criminal Exploitation in Manchester
  • AYM John Hawkins Award and SEND Quality Mark Awards
  • Out of court disposal - challenges and promising practice
  • Supporting mental health through lived experience
  • Working together to make a difference to remand
  • Serious youth violence: a multi-agency approach
  • The journey towards desistence - Identity Shift
  • Education: opportunities for every child
  • Developing trauma informed practices

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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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