30th November - 1st December 2021, NEC Birmingham

About the event

20191203-_M5_5445 - YJC 2019.png

YJC - 2019

In view of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and our duty of care towards delegates, speakers, sponsors and staff, the YJB and Dods have taken the decision to postpone the Youth Justice Convention to 30 November – 1 December 2021 at NEC, Birmingham. 

Postponement of this event is not a decision we have taken lightly. However, we believe it is the most appropriate in the current environment.


Hosted by the YJB, the Youth Justice Convention is the annual event for all those working in the youth justice system, welcoming 500+ delegates, 50+ speakers, 20+ exhibitors from across the country. 

The Convention is a fantastic opportunity for colleagues to come together to network, share best practice and explore ways that we can make a difference to children in the youth justice system.” Colin Allars, YJB, Chief Executive

2019 year witnessed:

70+ speakers joined us at the 2019 Convention including:

  • Luke Ambler, former professional rugby player, dad, entrepreneur, awardwinning mental health campaigner, charity chairman and motivational speaker
  • Detective Superintendent Stan Gilmore, Head of Protecting Vulnerable People, Thames Valley Police 
  • Donna Molloy, Director of Policy and Practice, The Early Intervention Foundation
  • Gerry Wareham, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Rachel Dickinson, President, Association of Directors of Children’s Services
  • Linda Logan, Chair of Youth Courts Committee, Magistrates’ Association
  • Lib Peck, Director, Violence Reduction Unit, Mayor of London
  • Temi Mwale, Managing Director, The 4Front Project Ltd
  • Bobby Kasanga, Founder, Hackney Wick FC
  • Charlie Taylor, Chair, YJB

With 25+ unique content session, some of the key topics covered at the Convention included:

  • Fresh perspectives: hear from children and young people who are improving the system
  • 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”
  • Out of court disposal - challenges and promising practice
  • Serious youth violence: a multi-agency approach
  • Developing trauma informed practices

Sponsorship and exhibition:

Discover how you can exhibit or speak at the event clicking on the button below:

Explore our media pack here

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


  • Dods is a registered Continuing Professional Development provider. For more information on the CPD, please click here.