November 29th 2016 - November 30th 2016 | ArenaMK, Milton Keynes


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. The event will take place on the 29th and 30th November at the MK Arena, Milton Keynes

Hosted by the YJB, the annual Convention is now in its 16th year, and is the most significant event for the sector. Previously, leading figures have attended to debate and discuss the latest youth justice policy and operational developments - and this year will be no exception. Hear from some of the sector’s most prominent, influential and inspiring speakers; and from young people who have had direct experience of each aspect of the youth justice system.

Bringing together over 600 people on each day – including front-line practitioners, academics, politicians and policy makers – participants share experiences, consider issues, and learn about best practice on the different elements of a child or young person’s journey through youth justice in England and Wales.

There will be a range of workshops, seminars and themed debates on offer during the breakout sessions, an interactive exhibition, and fringe events that gave attendees a rare opportunity to see, hear and experience youth justice from a young person’s point of view.

Key Topic for 2016 include so far:

  • Government Reforms To Youth Justice & The Future For Young People In The Youth Justice System
  • Devolution & The Youth Justice System
  • What Does A More Devolved System Mean For Young People & The Sector?
  • Managing The Risk Of Radicalisation & Extremism
  • Sustaining & Supporting The Workforce During Transition
  • The Youth Justice System: Demonstration Through Performing Arts
  • Successfully Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation & Harmful Sexual Behaviour
  • Improving Access To Mental Health Services 
  • Using Restorative Justice To Reduce Gang Conflict
  • Using AssetPlus In YOTs & Future Plans To Improve Joint Assessment With The Secure Estate
  • Developing Partnership Approaches To Complex Safeguarding & Offending
  • Addressing The Overrepresentation Of Black & Minority Ethnic Young People In The Youth Justice System
  • Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership: The Role Of The Knowledge Transfer Partnership
  • Partnership Approaches to Sector Led Improvement
  • Trajectories and Transitions: Addressing the needs of young people with special educational needs and disabilities in the youth justice system
  • Young People's Online Behaviour
  • Complex Emotional, Neurodevelopmental & Attachment Difficulties

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Tony Lloyd, Interim Mayor & PCC, Greater Manchester
  • Martin Stephenson, Chief Executive, Unitas
  • Lesley Tregear, Chair, The Association of YOT Managers 
  • Dr Carlene Firmin MBE,  Senior Research Fellow, The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, University of Bedfordshire
  • Pat Branigan, Lead for Harmful Sexual Behaviour, NSPCC 
  • Josh Talbot, Reducing Reoffending / RJ officer, Merton Youth Justice Team
  • Marius Frank, Director of On-Line Professional Development, Achievement for All
  • Dr. Hannah Smithson, Reader in Criminology, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Lee Westlake, Chair, Sector Led Improvement Governance Group​
  • Jon Bradnum, Partnership Advisor, Sector Improvement Programme, YJB 
  • Gareth Jones, Head of Service, Cheshire West, Halton & Warrington Youth Offending Service & Cheshire East Youth Offending Service
  • ​Lord McNally, Chair, YJB
  • Rob Butler, Board Member, YJB
  • Neil Rhodes, Board Member, YJB
  • Christine Davies, Board Member, YJB
  • Seamus Oates, Board Member, YJB
  • Colin Allars, Chief Executive, YJB