NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT, Tues 27th & Weds 28th November 2018

Agenda

Day 1

Time

Session

09:00 - The Gallery

Registration, refreshments and exhibition opening

An opportunity to develop contacts with counterparts from across the public sector and innovative private sector vendors over a cup of tea or coffee

09.55Concourse Suite 1 & 2 

Welcoming remarks and introduction

Chair: Joel Hanna, Head of Service, Children Looked After Services, Leeds City Council (Confirmed)

10.00 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Morning keynote address: Update on youth justice reforms and YJB priorities

Speaker: Charlie Taylor, Chair, Youth Justice Board (Confirmed)

Speaker: Helga Swidenbank, Executive Director, Youth Custody Service (Confirmed)

10.45 - The Gallery

Transition to breakout rooms

10.55 - The Gallery

Breakouts

Please choose one of 6 bespoke breakout sessions to attend, designed specifically for youth justice professionals (breakouts will be uploaded in due course)

10.55 - The Gallery 1

Breakout 1A: Creating a therapeutic environment in a YOI, step by step: the Secure Stairs framework

Clinical and operational leads from HMYOI Cookham Wood, alongside a service user and a commissioner, describe their perspectives on the journey of cultural change for the YOI since the inception of the Secure Stairs framework. Secure Stairs is a set of therapeutic and organisational principles, supported by a programme of funding, that has started to enable the transformation of secure custodial settings for young people in the UK. HMYOI Cookham Wood is one of the early adopter sites and can offer delegates a glimpse of the dynamic process now in motion. 

Speaker: Dr Celia Sadie, Lead Clinical Psychologist, CNWL, HMYOI Cookham Wood and Medway STC (Confirmed)

Speaker: CM Bobby Cunningham, Custodial Manager and Operational Secure Stairs Lead, HMYOI Cookham Wood (Confirmed)

Speaker: Peter Gates, NHS England Health and Justice Commissioning Manager, NHS England (Confirmed) 

Please note this session will be filmed

Youth participants involved

10.55 - The Gallery 2

Breakout 1B: Looked after children, a different approach: The National Protocol on Reducing Criminalisation of Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Although the vast majority do not get in to trouble, looked after children and care leavers are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system (CJS).

This national protocol aims to inform social care and criminal justice agencies practice to ensure that looked-after children and care leavers are kept out of the CJS where possible. The session will cover the protocol’s underpinning principles and an example from Leeds Youth Justice Service reflecting how these can be put in to practice. We will explore the impact of the Leeds Youth Justice Service Child Looked After and Care Leaver Specialist role. 

Speaker: Andrew Brierley, CLA/CL Specialist Leeds Youth Justice Service (Confirmed)

Speaker: Andrew Baxter, Children in Care Outcomes Team, Department for Education (Confirmed)

Speaker: Andy Peaden, Head of Service, Leeds Youth Justice Service (Confirmed)

Speaker: Luke Burgess, Youth Participate (Confirmed)

Please note this session will be filmed

Youth participants involved

10.55 - The Gallery 3

Breakout 1C: Working in Partnership to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to Young People

Overcoming perceived barriers to enable the successful implementation of the running a Duke of Edinburgh Award within a young offender institute. Innovation, creativity and robust partnership work can and will breed success for the young people within the secure estate. The young people at Wetherby have achieved a full bronze award, meeting the 20 core conditions as set out in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition Section. Both on-site expedition and an off-site expeditions have taken place, guiding young people to the point of Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) to fulfil their experience of the award whilst out in the community. We will explore our journey further and endeavour to make this initiative more widely available throughout the youth justice sector. 

Speaker: Jonathan Leathley, Deputy Head, Novus (Confirmed)

Speaker: Ashley Tazzyman, Teacher, Novus (Confirmed)

Youth participants involved

10.55 - Suite 14 & 15

Breakout 1D: YOT Talk: The impact of communication in youth justice assessment interviews

Effective communication is critical to engagement with children in the youth justice system (YJS). The evidence-base suggests that youth justice assessment contexts (e.g. locations, formats, language, content, power dynamics) can disengage young people and limit the validity (accuracy, completeness) of the assessment information that shapes interventions, factors exacerbated by speech, language and communication difficulties.

The ‘YOT Talk’ project identifies and evaluates barriers/challenges to and enablers of effective communication in assessment contexts through observations, questionnaires and interviews/focus groups with children and staff in four YOTs – leading to an effective practice toolkit containing protocols and recommendations for enhancing communication and engagement within the YJS.

Speaker: Prof Stephen Case, Social and Policy Studies Unit, Loughborough University (Confirmed)

Speaker: Phil Rutherford, Head of Service, Walsall Youth Offending Team (Confirmed)

10.55 - Suite 17 & 18

Breakout 1E: Mind the Gap – Creative interventions to create positive change

The ever increasing gap between engagement and effective intervention is a challenge to overcome with our youth. The creative generation, immersed in social media and constantly seeking instant gratification requires a creative intervention. We have to “switch it up”. We have to engage. We have to create positive change. The main focus of this seminar explores how the arts, in particular Drama, can positively contribute to the process of effective engagement to help change lives.

Speaker: Dr. Daniela Varley, Director, Recre8 (Confirmed)

Speaker: Anulka Griffin, Artistic Director, Recre8 (Confirmed)

Speaker: Patricia Davy, Team Manager, Birmingham Youth Offending Service (Confirmed)

Youth participants involved

10.55 - Suite 16

Breakout 1F: Youth Rehabilitation Order Reviews with Magistrates

Youth Rehabilitation Order Reviews with Magistrates Northamptonshire YOS presents its model for post-sentence YRO reviews with magistrates. The reviews are hosted by NYOS, and magistrates are invited to join in considering progress made against the plans of work set out in PSR proposals. Preliminary evaluation confirms NYOS’ experience that the process is enormously valuable for children, motivating their engagement as well as drawing in parents/carers, and workers from relevant agencies to pull together in plans to address the children’s needs and reduce their offending. At the end of the seminar, NYOS will present a “starter pack” to support other YOTs that wish to adopt similar practice. 

Speaker: Quentin Goodman, Operations Manager, Court Team Northamptonshire YOS (Confirmed) 

Speaker: Dominic Goble, Bench Chairman, Northamptonshire Magistrate (Confirmed)

Youth participants involved

12.05 - The Gallery

Lunch, refreshments and networking  

Take advantage of the opportunity to expand your contact base by meeting counterparts from across the sector, visiting the exhibition and participating in the lunchtime workshops

13.05 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Chair’s afternoon remarks

Chair: Joel Hanna, Head of Service, Children Looked After Services, Leeds City Council (Confirmed)

13.15 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Youth justice degree presentation ceremony

Speaker: Colin Allars, Chief Executive, Youth Justice Board (Confirmed)

13.30 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Afternoon keynote addressEffective diversion and prevention

Speaker: Dr Tim Bateman, Reader in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire (Confirmed)

Speaker: Andy Hood, Senior Head of Young People’s Services, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust (Confirmed)

Speaker: Nick Corrigan, Director, Media Academy Cardiff (Confirmed)

14.30 - The Gallery

Networking, refreshment break and transition

15.00 - The Gallery

Breakouts

Please choose one of 6 bespoke breakout sessions to attend, designed specifically for youth justice professionals

15.00 - The Gallery 1

Breakout 2A: Driving best policy and practice: key messages from research

The panel will comprise three of the leading UK-based youth justice researchers who will each make a concise presentation in respect of (i) diversion (drawing on the ‘Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime’) (ii) local penal cultures and best practice (drawing on the ‘Comparative Youth Penality Project’) (iii) custodial transitions and resettlement (drawing on the ‘Beyond Youth Custody Programme’). The presentations will summarise the key messages from research and consider the means by which they can be used to drive best policy responses and practice developments. The session will provide ample opportunities for questions and discussion.

Speaker: Prof Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool (Confirmed)

Speaker: Dr Tim Bateman, Reader in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire (Confirmed)

Speaker: Prof Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology, University of Edinburgh (Confirmed)

Please note this session will be filmed

15.00 - The Gallery 2

 

Breakout 2B: Lessons and learning from the new Youth Offending Service inspection programme

Alan MacDonald, Assistant Chief Inspector, HMI Probation (Head of the Youth Offending Inspection programme) will share some early results and learning from the first set of YOS inspections. In these workshops there will be the chance for delegates to discuss the new inspection methodology including ratings panels, scoring approach and to hear how the early inspections have gone. Alan will be joined by one of the inspectors who has led inspections so that they can also share their thoughts about the new inspection programme.  

Speaker: Alan MacDonald, HM Assistant Chief Inspector of Probation, Head of the Youth Offending Inspection programme (Confirmed)

Speaker: Pauline Burke, HM Inspector of Probation, HMI Probation (Confirmed)

Please note this session will be filmed

15.00 - The Gallery 3

Breakout 2C: Unlocking potential: young person’s perspective on the skills of a YOT worker and meaningful participation

What makes a difference in the way that a Youth Justice worker engages with a young person? This youth-led panel discussion will start from the perspectives of some of our young advisors and explore their outlook on meaningful participation with two speakers from YOTs in England.  Practitioners on the panel will share some of their experiences of successful relationship building, followed by an open forum discussion on what might be additional skills that a YJ worker needs.

Speaker: Mairead Healy, Board member, YJB (Confirmed)

Speaker: Susan Clarke, Torbay YOT (Confirmed)

Speaker: Sharon Jackson, Derby YOT (Confirmed)

Youth participants involved

15.00 - Suite 14 & 15

Breakout 2D: Shifting Journey Cards - A new resource to help young people talk about YOT journey problems 

This workshop will introduce a hand-held, visually engaging communication tool that promotes discussions on service accessibility in practice. The tool will be designed with young people and printed on durable, reusable materials for repeated practice use:

  • Journey making is almost entirely absent from youth justice policy and practice guidance, with recent increased acknowledgment in the AssetPlus
  • Many young people within the youth justice system experience multiple disadvantage
  • A multitude of widely dispersed compulsory services respond to young people’s problems, meaning holistic responses have a high journey making burden.
  • Young people’s problems also present youth justice access problems (for example, problems paying for the bus, being confident to access unfamiliar places without parental support or read the bus timetable)
  • Absence rates for some youth justice appointments are as high as fifty per cent
  • Absence and lateness results in ineffective service delivery, young people’s unresolved problems and harsh punishment

A copy of Shifting Journey Cards will be available at the main registration desk. Please leave your email address so we can ask for feedback to help refine the tool.

Speaker: Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson, Lecturer in Criminology University of Birmingham (Confirmed)

Speaker: Collette Caldwell, Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Officer, Cheshire Youth Justice Service (Confirmed)

Speaker: Nick Jeffreys, Operations Manager, Coventry Youth Justice Service (Confirmed)

15.00 - Suite 17 & 18

Breakout 2E: Reducing Youth Violence: Being Trauma Informed

A brief review of trauma as a product and driver of youth violence, an introduction to the trauma informed approach by the Youth Violence Intervention Programme YVIP) and the work of the YVIP teams with Major Trauma Centres/ED departments. Recruiting and supporting a trauma informed team.

Speaker: Imran Mahomed, Midlands Youth Violence Intervention Programme Manager, Redthread (Confirmed)

15.00 - Suite 16

Breakout 2F: tbc 

16.10 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Transition to main room

16.20 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

A personal story on Child Criminal Exploitation from SPACE (Stop & Prevent Adolescent Criminal Exploitation)

16.50 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

AYM John Hawkins Award and YJ Quality Mark presentations

Speaker: Andy Peaden, Chair, the Association of YOT Managers (Confirmed)

17.00 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Chair’s closing remarks

Chair: Joel Hanna, Head of Service, Children Looked After Services, Leeds City Council (Confirmed)

17.05 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Close of day 1

Day 2

Time

Session

08.30 - The Gallery

Registration, refreshments and exhibition opening

An opportunity to develop contacts with counterparts from across the public sector and innovative private sector vendors over a cup of tea or coffee

09.30 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Welcoming remarks and introduction

Chair: Susannah Hancock, Chief Executive, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (Confirmed)

09.35 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Morning keynote address: Serious youth violence

Speaker: Gwyneth Boswell, Director, Boswell Research Fellows & Visiting Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia (Confirmed)

Speaker: Dr Henry Kippin, Director of Public Service Reform, West Midlands Combined Authority (Confirmed)

10.35 - The Gallery

Morning break and transition to breakout rooms

11.00 - The Gallery

Breakouts

Please choose one of 6 bespoke breakout sessions to attend, designed specifically for youth justice professionals

11.00 - The Gallery 1

 

Breakout 3A: Working together to reduce the over-representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people within the Youth Justice System

The Over-representation of BAME young people within the youth justice system (YJS) is well documented and is a complex issue. It is clear that many of the issues resulting in BAME young people entering the YJS are from disproportionate treatment and outcomes pre-YJS. Therefore, it is important that we work together in addressing these issues. Within the session you will:

  • Be advised of the work the YJB is currently doing to address the disproportionality experienced within the YJS
  • Hear from Sandwell YOT about how they utilised the Local Ethnicity Disproportionality Tool and current work they are doing to engage and work with  BAME young people 
  • Complete a workshop session

Speaker: Keith Fraser, Board Member – Lead for Disproportionality, Youth Justice Board (Confirmed)

Speaker: Michael Botham, Head of Service, Sandwell YOT (Confirmed)

Speaker: Adam Mooney, Programme Manager, YJB (Confirmed)

Speaker: Sabrina Dennis, CEO, First Class Legacy (Confirmed)

Please note this session will be filmed

Youth participants involved

11.00 - The Gallery 2

Breakout 3B: Youth justice reform – The impact of abuse, loss, trauma and attachment

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) in partnership with the West Midlands PCC and other key agencies are reforming youth justice in the West Midlands. As part of the evidence base for reform, the WMCA has commissioned research into the extent of abuse, loss, trauma and attachment (ALTA) for children in the justice system.  The case sample for this action research programme includes up to 100 cases and covers 12 local authorities. Claire Dhami, Implementation Director for Public Service reform and Inclusive Growth and Dr Alex Chard who is leading the research programme will provide initial findings from the research and consider the implications for youth justice reform.

Speaker: Claire Dhami, Implementation Director – Public Service Reform and Inclusive Growth, West Midlands Combined Authority (Confirmed)

Speaker: Alex Chard, Director, YCTCS Ltd (Confirmed)

Speaker: Tom McNeil, Strategic Adviser & Board Member, West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner (Confirmed)

Please note this session will be filmed

11.00 - The Gallery 3

Breakout 3C: Building bridges: Developments in behaviour management in the secure estate

The seminar will cover the development of the Youth Custody Service's new behaviour framework, ‘Building Bridges’ and draw on learning from approaches developed in Public Sector Establishments. This new framework will replace the previous YJB Code of Practice 2012 and relevant aspects of the PSI on the Care and Management of Young People. Its development has involved engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and with young people, along with learning from the YCS’s Public Sector Strategy on Behaviour Management, which provides a whole-system approach to managing behaviour and enabling engagement in rehabilitative opportunities. 

Speaker: Adrian Stretch, Head of Quality and Continuous Improvement, YCS (Confirmed

Speaker: Dr Giles McCathie, Lead Psychologist for Youth Custody Services, YCS (Confirmed

Speaker: Alisa Purton, Cluster Lead Psychologist for Youth Custody Services, YCS (Confirmed)

Speaker: James Wise-Ford, Head of Behaviour Managerment, HMYOI Feltham, HMPPS (Confirmed)

11.00 - Suite 14 & 15

Breakout 3D: Going country 

BraveSpace is a consultancy agency specialising in youth justice initiatives. Director David Mclean will be delivering a workshop on county lines drug dealing, and how children are increasingly trafficked and harmed through this. His co-presenters are Detective Inspector Brittany Clarke from Operation Trident, who has been working with the National Crime Agency on tackling this type of organised crime; and Sammy Odoi, from Wipers, the youth justice social enterprise which won the Effective Practice award at last year's convention. David will also be showcasing Behind the Lines, an intervention developed to support young people who are at risk of county lines exploitation.

Speaker: David Mclean, Director, BraveSpace (Confirmed)

Speaker: DI Brittany Clarke, Detective Inspector, Metropolitan Police (Confirmed)

Speaker: Sammy Odoi, Social entrepreneur & founder, Wipers Youth CIC (Confirmed)

11.00 - Suite 17 & 18 

 

Breakout 3E: Involving young people with lived experiences in the commissioning of youth health & justice services

Young people from Peer Power will lead a session designed to take delegates on their journey of commissioning health and justice services for young people. Included will be: involvement in Liaison and Diversion specification design (London); involvement as Young Commissioners in the procurement process for Community Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (including Secure Outreach) for London (FCAMHS); and their involvement in supporting young people's involvement in healthcare in secure settings. The session will be of interest to delegates interested in the meaningful engagement and involvement of young people with lived experience (health and justice services) in the whole procurement cycle.

Speaker: Anne-Marie Douglas, CEO and Founder, Peer Power (Confirmed)

Speaker: Jo Brennan, Head of Innovation & Engagement – East & South East, YJB (Confirmed)

Speaker: Ebinehita Iyere, Youth Engagement Coordinator, Peer Power (Confirmed)

Youth participants involved

11.00 - Suite 16

Breakout 3F: Children’s rights in custody: A participatory approach

The workshop will explore how a rights-based approach can protect children in and at risk of custody with a worked example of a rights-based approach to the sentencing journey

Speaker: Dr Laura Janes, Legal Director, The Howard League (Confirmed)

Speaker: Lorraine Atkinson, Senior Policy Officer, The Howard League (Confirmed)

12.10The Gallery

Lunch, refreshments and networking 

Take advantage of the opportunity to expand your contact base by meeting counterparts from across the sector and visiting the exhibition

13.10 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Chair's afternoon remarks

Chair: Susannah Hancock, Chief Executive, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (Confirmed)

13.15 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Live Performance: Right Stuff Boxing Project

13.30 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Art Awards

Presenter: Mairead Healy, Board member, Youth Justice Board (Confirmed)

13.40 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Afternoon keynote address

14.00 - Concourse Suite 1 & 2

Close of main conference room

Chair: Susannah Hancock, Chief Executive, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (Confirmed)

14.10 The Gallery

Transition to breakouts

14.20 - The Gallery

Breakouts

Please choose one of 6 bespoke breakout sessions to attend, designed specifically for youth justice professionals (breakouts will be uploaded in due course)

14.20 - The Gallery 1

Breakout 4A: Delivery of a transformed service for children and young people: An update from HM Courts & Tribunals Service

Hear how HM Courts & Tribunals Service is progressing on delivery of a transformed service for children and young people. The workshop will explain the design principles and provide a preview of the main emerging themes that have been identified so far. At the end of the presentation delegates will be invited to participate in an interactive session to discuss and provide feedback on the emerging themes

Speaker: Deborah Jamieson, Youth Service Manger, HMCTS (Confirmed)

Speaker: Steve Wooding, Youth Deputy Service Manager, HMCTS (Confirmed)

Speaker: Ola Adekoya, Project Manager, HMCTS (Confirmed)

Please note this session will be filmed

14.20The Gallery 2

Breakout 4B: Going Country (repeated from the morning)

BraveSpace is a consultancy agency specialising in youth justice initiatives. Director David Mclean will be delivering a workshop on County Lines drug dealing, and how children are increasingly trafficked and harmed through this. His co-presenters are Detective Inspector Brittany Clarke from Operation Trident, who has been working with the National Crime Agency on tackling this type of organised crime; and Sammy Odoi, from Wipers, the youth justice social enterprise which won the Effective Practice award at last Convention. David will also be showcasing Behind the Lines, an intervention developed to support young people who are at risk of County Lines exploitation.

Speaker: David Mclean, Director, BraveSpace (Confirmed)

Speaker: DI Brittany Clarke, Detective Inspector, Metropolitan Police (Confirmed)

Speaker: Sammy Odoi, Social entrepreneur & founder, Wipers Youth CIC (Confirmed)

Please note this session will be filmed

14.20 - The Gallery 3

Breakout 4C: Child Sexual Exploitation: Towards a ‘Child-Centred’ Protection System 

Although several recent government campaigns have attempted to develop existing knowledge and increase public awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), practitioners are still under increasing pressure to protect children from this developing and complex phenomenon. Recommendations to improve responses to CSE have suggested a more ‘child-centred’ approach is required, but have failed to define what this term means or how this can be adopted in practice. This seminar will draw on a recent child participatory research project which examined the professional challenges to achieving a ‘child-centred’ response to CSE, to demonstrate how such an approach can work in practice.

Speaker: Dr Jamie-Lee Mooney, Lecturer in Law School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool (Confirmed)

Speaker: Katrina Miles, Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool (Confirmed)

14.20 - Suite 14 & 15

Breakout 4D: Constructive Resettlement and beyond

Professor Neal Hazel will introduce delegates to Constructive Resettlement and the YJB’s current work in this area including work with partners to identify and overcome key structural barriers to work.

The session will then focus upon the benefit of Constructive Resettlement for children in promoting a positive identity shift and explore the practical steps that services can take to embed key principles into their work around resettlement and beyond into a whole service approach.  

Delegates will be invited to share their thoughts and experiences on Constructive Resettlement.

Speaker: Professor Neal Hazel, YJB Board Member, University of Salford (Confirmed)

Speaker: Davina Munn, YOT Practice Manager, Medway Youth Offending Team (Confirmed)

Youth participants involved

14.20 - Suite 17 & 18

Breakout 4E: Utilising data to improve YOT performance

This seminar is for delegates to come and hear about the data we have in the YJB and how we use it to help YOTs monitor and improve their performance and the outcomes of the children they work with. There will be some practical examples from YOTs as to how these data tools have been used to effectively monitor and improve their YOT performance. There will be the opportunity to feedback to YJB on these tools and how they can be made more useful for the YOTs. 

Speaker, Sophie Riley, Head of Information & Analysis, YJB (Confirmed)

Speaker: Sophie Davies, Data Analyst – YOT Data Lead, YJB (Confirmed)

Speaker: Nick Read, Senior Information & Analysis Officer, YJB (Confirmed) 

Speaker: Dianne Parks, Practice Officer, Lewisham Youth Offending Team (Confirmed)

Speaker: Keith Cohen: YOS Strategic Manager, Lewisham Youth Offending Team (Confirmed)

14.20 - Suite 16

Breakout 4F: Working effectively with gang-affected young women

Abianda is a social enterprise that works with young women aged 10-24 affected by gangs and county line activity, and delivers training to professionals working with them. All our training is co-facilitated by our Young Trainers – former service users trained to facilitate training and act as peer mentors for other young women. Professionals will hear about Abianda’s unique approach to working with gang-affected young women one-on-one work or in group settings; hear from Young Trainers about their experiences; and learn about the various roles of young women in gangs, the associated risks and the barriers they face in accessing services.

Speaker: Abi Billinghurst, Founder and CEO, Abianda (Confirmed)

Youth participants involved

15.30

Close of convention