November 21st 2017 - November 22nd 2017 | King Power Stadium - Leicester



With significant reforms, new leadership and the publication of the Charlie Taylor Review, this year’s Youth Justice Convention will be the most momentous since its creation.

YJC17 will tackle the hardest questions head-on, addressing how the implementation of the Charlie Taylor Review will affect the sector? The changes you need to know? When these changes will happen? What input in the sector you can have? At the same time, the Convention will maintain its focus on the key day-to-day challenges affecting Youth Offending Teams and Services, Local Authorities and Police forces across England and Wales.

Hosted by the YJB, the 17th annual Convention will welcome 500+ colleagues and peers from across the Youth Justice sector and will take place on the 21st-22nd November. 

Confirmed to speak for 2017:

  • Charlie Taylor, Chair, Youth Justice Board
  • Penelope Gibbs, Director, Transform Justice 
  • Fiona Visser, Tackling Crime Unit, Home Office
  • Tink Palmer, Chief Exec, Marie Collins Foundation  
  • Liam Hill, Founder and Director, Voice for Children
  • Claire Hubberstey, Chief Executive​, Safer London
  • Colin Allars, Chief Executive, Youth Justice Board
  • Peter Jones, Director, Social Justice & Rehabilitation, Catch22
  • Keir Irwin-Rogers, Lecturer in Criminology, Open University
  • Helen Rosenthal, Service Manager, Catch 22 Dawes Unit
  • Jonathan Baggaley, Chief Executive, PSHE Association​
  • Amy Rice, Director of Commissioning, Ministry of Justice
  • Ian Menary, Inspector, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation
  • Avtar Singh, Inspector, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation
  • Stuart Jessup, Director, Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre
  • Stephen Case, Professor of Criminology, Loughborough University
  • Richard Jones, Prevent Team Manager, National Cyber Crime Unit  
  • Greg Francis, Senior Prevent Team Officer, National Cyber Crime Unit
  • Sean Creaney, Lecturer, Edge Hill University and Advisor, Peer Power
  • Michelle Forrester, Project Manager, Health and Justice, NHS England
  • Caroline Twitchett, Children’s Quality Lead, Health and Justice, NHS England
  • Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service
  • Helen Mercer, Assistant Chief Inspector, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation
  • Sherry Davis, Consultation Manager, Waltham Forest Youth Offending Service
  • Ian Menary, Inspector, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation
  • Avtar Singh, Inspector, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation
  • Dr Celia Sadie, Clinical Psychologist, Cookham Wood Young Offender’s Institution
  • Dr Clare Holt, Clinical Psychologist, Cookham Wood Young Offender’s Institution
  • Nazir Afzal, former Chief Executive, Association of Police Crime Commissioners
  • Andy Rogers, Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist & Co-Director, Changing Minds Ltd 
  • Professor Huw Williams, Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Exeter
  • Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney, Head Of Crime Reduction & Supporting People, London Borough of Lewisham

Key topics for 2017:

  • Youth Justice Reform
  • Successfully managing the complex cohort of young offenders
  • Finding a voice in custody: Service user participation in action
  • County Lines: Tackling the importing and exporting of crime
  • Developing our workforce to deliver a world class service
  • Engaging young people: Making participation meaningful
  • Understanding the behaviour of young people online
  • Tackling the rise of knife crime in young people
  • Comparing international youth justice systems
  • Young people abused through technology
  • Preparing for HMI Probation’s inspections
  • Harmful sexual behaviour in adolescence
  • Reducing cybercrime in young people
  • Supporting young victims of crime
  • Successfully tackling exploitation
  • Working with BAME offenders
  • Reforming the youth courts
  • Effective communications

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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