Re-imagining youth justice
Wednesday 2 April 2014 at the King's Fund
The Howard League for Penal Reform is a leading voice in the world of youth justice. It is home to the U R Boss project, which supports young people in the criminal justice system to secure their legal rights and to have an impact on policy, practice and the services that affect them.
To celebrate five years of U R Boss, with its ground-breaking mix of participation and legal work both behind bars and in the community, and to launch a new programme of work aimed at supporting the police to keep children out of the penal system, the Howard League held a one-day conference to take stock of youth justice and look to the future.
Theory meets policy-making meets practice, as speakers from all three fields debated the big questions. How can we re-imagine youth justice at a time of straitened resources? What have young people themselves decided must change? What will government plans to reduce reoffending and improve resettlement mean for both young people and practitioners?
The conference included plenary sessions with keynote speakers, questions and debates, and a range of panel sessions covering leading academic research and practice on the themes of the U R Boss ‘A young peoples’ manifesto’:
The conference also heard contributions from young people who have experienced the penal system at first hand.
Plenary speakers were:
- Jacqui Cheer QPM, Chief Constable, Cleveland Police - download the presentations
- Frances Crook OBE, Chief Executive, the Howard League for Penal Reform
- Nick Hardwick CBE, Chief Inspector of Prisons
- Pam Hibbert OBE, Chair of Trustees, the National Association for Youth Justice
- Lin Hinnigan, Chief Executive, Youth Justice Board - download the presentation
- Dan Jarvis MBE MP, Shadow Justice Minister
- Richard Monkhouse JP, Chairman, Magistrates’ Association - download the presentation
- Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, London
For presentation slides follow the links below.
Licence conditions and wiping the slate clean
"Naming and Shaming: should children who offend be identified?"
Dr Di Hart and Penelope Gibbs, Standing Committee for Youth Justice
Why should criminal convictions become a life sentence?
Bob Ashford, Wipetheslateclean
Should ‘transport circumstance’ be classified as a key youth justice risk factor?
Sarah Brooks-Wilson, University of York
Relationships and support: Supporting young people with disabilities
Equality on Trial: Disabled Child Defendants and the Criminal Justice System
Professor Anna Lawson and Rebecca Parry, University of Leeds
Youth offending and Acquired Brain Injury - a practical approach
Louise Wilkinson, Child Brain Injury Trust
Melanie Jameson, Dyslexia Consultancy Malvern
Relationships and support: Re-imagining youth justice models and policies
Understanding Bad Behaviour
Professor Samuel Stein, Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust, CAMHS Academic Unit and University of Bedfordshire
Youth Justice and Radical Moral Communitarianism
Roger Hopkins Burke, Nottingham Trent University
IJJO White Paper – Save Money, Protect Society and Realise Youth Potential: Improving youth justice systems during a time of economic crisis
Marianne Moore, International Juvenile Justice Observatory
Participation: Young people’s voices
Finding the Youth Voice in Youth Justice Research
Cathryn Stephens, Australian Qualified Lawyer and Julia Spelman, New Zealand Qualified Lawyer
The value of privacy, security and autonomy in a hyper-connected world: A case study of Youth Justice in England
Professor Ravinder Barn, Royal Holloway University of London and Professor Balbir S. Barn, Middlesex University
Prisons and participation
Assessing the Harm Inside: Exploring the difficulties in contextualising suicide and self-harm amongst children in custody
Poppy Harrison, University of Bedfordshire
Colleges of crime: Can education transform the lives of children in prison?
Ross Little, De Montfort University
Young Offender Learning: resilience is not what we thought it was
Dr Ruth Deakin Crick and Adeela Ahmed Shafi, University of Bristol
Putting young people at the heart of youth justice
In this session Young Advisors will present the manifesto they created, and invite delegates to consider what the main challenges are facing children and young adults in the criminal justice system.
Early intervention, diversion and policing
‘Re-imagining Diversion: Re-evaluating the Youth Cautioning Scheme in England and Wales’
Dr Katherine Doolin & Dr Kate Gooch, University of Birmingham
Coalition in Criminal Justice: ‘At risk’ youth working with the police
Jeffrey Nicholas DeMarco, Royal Holloway, University of London
Diversion, but not as we know it? Localised practices, interventionist diversion and shifting conditions for change in youth justice
Dr Vici Armitage, University of Leicester and Dr Laura Kelly, Liverpool John Moores University
Gender differences and communication barriers
Young peoples’ views about the impact of alcohol on their offending behaviour – is it different for girls?
Dr Alex Newbury, Royal Holloway University of London
The ‘fairer’ sex: Transitional journeys and inclusion of high risk young women.
Gail Wilson, Up-2-Us
Raising Your Game Project ‘Communication – How Does It Affect Me?’ Awareness Workshop
Sophie Charles, Raising Your Game
Relationships and support: Re-imagining service provision
Post-YOT Youth Justice
Ben Byrne and Kathryn Brooks, Surrey Youth Support Service
Re-imagining Mental Health Services: A Model of Tiered Service Delivery using Best Practice Principles in Risk Assessment, Formulation, Scenario Planning and Risk Management in Juvenile Justice.
Dr Leanne Gregory, Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice
Hearing new voices: Reviewing Youth Justice Policy through Practitioners’ Relationships with Young People
Damon Briggs, University of Liverpool
Participation: Young people’s voices in practitioner decisions
Peer-Courts UK: A Restorative Justice programme for young people led by young people
Mark Walsh and Jo Rowland, Hampshire Constabulary
Re-imagining ‘self-assessment’ in youth justice
Dr Roberta Evans, independent youth justice practitioner
The Law Commission’s Unfitness to Plead Project
Miranda Bevan, Law Commission
Relationships and support: Reducing future damage
Youth Support in the Emergency Department: A hospital intervention to reduce youth violence
Yael Ilan-Clarke, Jeffrey de Marco, Amanda Bunn & Professor Antonia Bifulco, Middlesex University
Relationships and Support: Responding to Child to Parent Violence
Dr Paula Wilcox, University of Brighton and Michelle Pooley, Brighton & Hove City Council
ISS at mid point DTO
Laura Janes, the Howard League for Penal Reform
Scotland’s ‘Whole System Approach’ and the Reintegration of Young People Leaving Prison
Stephanie S. Smith, University of Strathclyde
Key Messages from an Independent Inquiry into an Australian Youth Justice System
Alasdair Roy, ACT Human Rights Commission, Australia
Experiences of Children in Conflict with Law in India: A Non Judicial Juvenile Justice System with a Judicial Attitude
Jaya Ghosh, Postgraduate Researcher, School of Law, Lancaster University