November 29th 2016 - November 30th 2016

About YJC 2016

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. The 2016 theme for the convention is ‘Youth Justice: From Now To The Future'.

Bringing together 500+ colleagues each day – including front-line practitioners, academics, politicians and policy makers – participants share experiences, consider issues, and learn about best practice. 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
  • Partnership Approaches to Sector Led Improvement
  • Young People's Online Behaviour
  • Complex Emotional, Neurodevelopmental & Attachment Difficulties
  • 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
  • Trajectories & Transitions: Addressing The Needs Of Young People With Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Confirmed Speakers for 2016 include:

  • Dr Phillip Lee, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice
  • Colin Allars, Chief Executive, YJB
  • Paul Axon, Director of Targeted Services (Head of Oldham Youth Justice), Positive Steps
  • Lord Bird, Director, The Big Issue
  • Jon Bradnum, Partnership Advisor, Sector Improvement Programme, YJB
  • Pat Branigan, Lead for Harmful Sexual Behaviour, NSPCC  
  • Rob Butler, Board Member, YJB
  • Sarah Caden, Practice Improvement Officer, County Durham Youth Offending Service
  • Dame Louise Casey, Director General, Casey Review Team
  • Kelly Coleman, Support Worker, Positive Steps
  • Hannah Coles, Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Children's Integrated Speech & Language Therapy Service for Hackney 
  • Christine Davies, Board Member, YJB
  • Dr Roberta Evans, Manager, Merton Youth Justice Team
  • Dr Carlene Firmin MBE, Senior Research Fellow, The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence & Trafficking, University of Bedfordshire
  • Marius Frank, Director of On-Line Professional Development, Achievement for All
  • Clare Fuller, Probation Extremism Lead, Security Order & Counter Terrorism Directorate, NOMS 
  • Laura Campbell, Operations Manager, Brighton and Hove City Council 
  • Graham Godden, Founder & Director, Youth Empowerment Services CIC
  • Anna Jones, Youth Justice Research & Innovation Coordinator, KTP Associate
  • Gareth Jones, Head of Service, Cheshire West, Halton & Warrington Youth Offending Service & Cheshire East Youth Offending Service
  • Thariq Khalid, Prevent Co-ordinator, Birmingham YOS
  • Tony Lloyd, Interim Mayor & PCC, Greater Manchester
  • Dr. Mark Mason, Senior Research Officer, YJB
  • ​​Lord McNally, Chair, YJB
  • Diz Minnitt, Operational Manager, Milton Keynes Youth Offending Team, People Directorate, Milton Keynes Council
  • Seamus Oates, Board Member, YJB
  • John O’Brien, Secretary for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse 
  • Martin Pratt, Executive Director Supporting People, London Borough of Camden
  • Marticka Sampson, Youth Empowerment Services CIC
  • Scott Slatter, Assistant Psychologist, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hannah Smithson, Professor of Criminology & Youth Justice, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation 
  • Martin Stephenson, Chief Executive, Unitas
  • Rob Street, Head of Evidence & Effective Practice, YJB 
  • Martin Swain, Deputy Director, Community Safety, Welsh Government
  • Joshua Talbot, Reducing Reoffending & Restorative Justice Officer, Merton Youth Justice Team
  • Suzanne Taylor, Team Manager, Positive Steps, Oldham Youth Justice Service
  • Lesley Tregear, Chair, The Association of YOT Managers 
  • Neil Rhodes, Board Member, YJB
  • Haydn Roberts, Chief Inspector, Greater Manchester Police 
  • Anna Walton, Trainee Forensic Psychologist, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lee Westlake, Chair, Sector Led Improvement Governance Group​
  • Jason Young, Gangs & Serious Youth Violence, Merton Youth Justice Team