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

Key topics for this year include:

  • Serious youth violence: a multi-agency approach
  • Education: opportunities for every child
  • Cultivating and nurturing young leaders to engage in co-production, peer engagement and social action
  • YCS - Working towards a whole system approach to supporting children in custody: Achievements and challenges from the last 12 months
  • Fresh perspectives: hear from children and young people who are improving the system
  • Effective early intervention to prevent offending – the new Youth Endowment Fund
  • Pathways of incarcerated children in care – findings and recommendations
  • The Response to Child Criminal Exploitation in Manchester
  • Out of court disposal: challenges and promising practice
  • Developing trauma informed practices
  • Criminal records and employability
  • Knife crime/exploitation
  • Social media
  • Resettlement
  • Disproportionality
  • County lines

Please note some sessions titles are yet to be finalised and may vary slightly 

Confirmed speakers for the 19th Annual Youth Justice Convention:

  • Lib Peck, Director, Violence Reduction Unit, Mayor of London
  • T/DCC Jacqueline Sebire, Serious Violence Lead, National Police Chief Council 
  • Will Linden, Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit (Scotland)
  • Temi Mwale, Managing Director, The 4Front Project Ltd 
  • Ami Wilcock, Senior Social Worker, Complex Safeguarding Hub, Manchester City Council
  • Kate Langley, Service Manager, Youth Justice and Community Teams, Gloucestershire
  • Samantha Matthews, Youth Justice Manager, East Riding Youth Offending Team
  • Donna Molloy, Director of Policy and Practice, The Early Intervention Foundation
  • John Pitts, Vauxhall Professor of Socio-legal Studies, University of Bedfordshire
  • Rachel Dickinson, President, Association of Directors of Children’s Services
  • Rachael Owens, Social Work Practice Advisor, University of Bedfordshire
  • Hollie Hartley, Co-production & Engagement Worker, Peer Power Youth 
  • Tom Lang, Youth Justice Team Manager, Manchester City Council
  • Jane O'Brien, Director of Evidence, The Youth Endowment Fund
  • Helga Swidenbank, Executive Director, Youth Custody Services
  • Dr Giles McCathie, Lead Psychologist, Youth Custody Services
  • Steve Chalke, Oasis Charitable Trust, Secure School provider 
  • Alan MacDonald, Head of Youth Programme, HMI Probation
  • Hazel Williamson, Vice Chair, Association of YOT Managers
  • Anne-Marie Day, Researcher, University of Bedfordshire
  • Ria Perez, Engagement Worker, Peer Power Youth
  • Kerrie Henton, Principal, Stone Soup Academy
  • Anne-Marie Douglas, CEO, Peer Power Youth
  • Neil Bower, Programme Manager, YJB
  • Charlie Taylor, Chair, YJB
  • More tbc 

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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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