In October 2022, revised case management guidance that provides clarification on minimum expectations for youth justice services was published by the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales. Alongside this guidance, advice was given on implementing standards in accordance with their guiding principle ‘Child First’. With the number of children in custody expected to double within the next year, it is now more important than ever to ensure that youth justice services are adequately meeting the needs of the population.

  • The number of sentencing occasions involving children increased by 8% between 2022/23, representing an increase for the first time in ten years
  • There was just under 8.400 child first entrants to the youth justice system, denoting an increase of 1% compared with the previous year
  • During 2022/23, there was an average of around 440 children in custody at any one time, a fall of 3% against the previous year, and the lowest number on record

(Youth Justice Board Annual Statistics: 2022/23)

Join us at The Youth Justice Conference 2024: Improving Outcomes Through Multi-Agency Working, to hear the latest initiatives and guidance being utilised on a national and local level, to address challenges within youth justice through multi-agency working. Utilise your time to engage with a number of practical case studies covering a range of topics. Topics will include working in partnership to improve outcomes for young offenders, supporting young women, and tackling disproportionality.  whilst also familiarising yourself with techniques used to target niche, but important, demographics of young offenders. Take this opportunity to network and integrate yourself further into the youth justice community by meeting a range of fellow colleagues across the sector. Discuss key challenges that you have identified and ponder ways which you may think will help improve the youth justice system through multi-agency working.

Why Attend:

✓ Be informed by high-level keynotes, given by leading experts on guidance and policies on improving outcomes through multi-agency working

✓ Acquire a knowledge of practical case studies which outline contemporary strategies being used on a local, and national level

✓ Converse and network with fellow colleagues from across the youth justice sector

✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)


  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Sean Creaney, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Edge Hill University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Youth Justice Board Update: Putting Child First Into Practice

    • Establishing a systematic response to reducing contact between children and the YJS through the ‘Child First’ approach
    • Support investment in YJS staff to encourage multi agency working and effective stakeholder management
    • Create services to effectively distribute funds so every community is treated equally
    • Support framework which promotes a holistic approach to addressing challenges created in the YJS as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic

    Susannah Hancock, Board Member, Youth Justice Board (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Developing A Safe and Nurturing Environment for Children in Custody

    • Initiating framework to set out statutory safeguarding duties for secure settings and escort providers
    • Establishing a revolutionary first secure school: progress report on and next steps for future secure schools
    • Measuring impact of YCS through constant evaluations of every sector in the CYPSE: what are the trends and where can we improve?
    • Reaching out to external organisation to collaborate and facilitate the government’s promise to put youth custody at the heart of education reform

    Angus Mulready-Jones, Team Leader-Children and Young Adults, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (CONFIRMED)

  • Key Supporter Session: Intelligencia Training 

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Comfort Break 

  • Case Study: Implementing Local Partnerships to Improve Children’s Outcomes

    • Sharing common challenges faced when providing high-quality services and solutions to overcome these
    • Insights into forming strong partnerships with local CAMHs practitioners to create new strategies that support children’s mental health
    • Techniques for linking children with programmes which can offer them training, education and employment opportunities
    • Using local data to identify which children are most likely to end up in the YJS and working with community groups to prevent this

    Alison Sabaroche, Head of Service, Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Justice Service (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Guidance on Tackling Ethnic Disproportionality Within the Youth Justice System

    • Embedding an awareness in staff of disproportionality and structural racism through ongoing staff training
    • Progress update from the Lammy Report: key lessons learnt and how they are shaping long-term strategy in line with the recommendations set out
    • Partnering with fellow YJS to provide outside expert knowledge and a ‘critical friend’ to help tackle disproportionality
    • Frameworks for investing in parental understanding and engagement of BAME disproportionality within the YJS

    Jyoti Morar, Service Manager (YOT and Prevention), Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (CONFIRMED)

  • Key Supporter Session: Supporting youth justice in developing a resilient workforce: Identifying a shared language

    • Exploring current and future workforce challenges within the youth justice sector
    • Establishing the need to support, nurture and develop those working in the youth justice sector – what workforce development means
    • Providing collaborative solutions to workforce development – creating shared language and understanding, aligning and standardising ways of working, designing transferable skills and knowledge
    • Delivering a future proof and resilient youth justice workforce in collaboration with stakeholders

    Sharon Wilton,Technical Consultant, Skills for Justice (CONFIRMED)

    Tam Whipp, Workforce Consultant, Skills for Justice (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers Session

  • Lunch Break 

  • Keynote: Providing Young People with A Platform to Influence Decisions About Policing

    • Recommendations for developing a proactive relationship between young people and their local police representatives
    • Assimilating ideas from those with lived experience of the YJS to facilitate a reduction in youth offending
    • Advice on creating a framework which places multi-agency working at the forefront of the YJS
    • Liaising across a network of specialists to provide support for young victims and witnesses of crime

    Nadine Smith, Criminal Justice Project Coordinator Leaders Unlocked (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Facilitating a Reduction in Youth Re-Offending Through Sports Led Activities

    • Using innovative engagement strategies to establish efficient communication channels with young people
    • Collaborating with leisure services to deliver suitable sporting activities that help young people form healthy relationships
    • Ensuring that local knowledge and credibility is at the heart of a robust and co-ordinated response to youth anti-social behaviour
    • Key insights into the success of this strategy: what worked and why?

    Senior Representative from Sport For Development Coalition (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Improving Prevention and Diversion for Children

    • Explaining the research which shows the effectiveness of diversion at reducing re-offending.
    • Highlighting the principles of effective practice, including eligibility criteria, referrals, case work and monitoring.
    • Emphasising the importance of connecting children to evidence-based interventions as part of diversion.

    Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, Head of Change for Policing and Youth Justice, Youth Endowment Fund (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Breakout Networking: Working in Partnerships to Better Integrate Youth Offenders Back into Wider Society

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in integrating children and young people back into wider society. We encourage you to share your view of what successful strategies you have utilised when dealing with this issue, and any alternative strategies that could be taken in the future to tackle this issue.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Delivering High Quality Care to Improve Outcomes for Children with SEND in the Youth Justice System

    Emma Baldwin, Highly Specialised Speech and Language Therapist, Bristol Youth Justice Service (CONFIRMED)


  • Case Study: Providing Wrap-Around Support for Young Women in the Youth Justice System

    • Contextualising the reasons behind the systematic overlooking of women in the YJS
    • Strategies to support young women and provide them with the right services throughout their time in the YJS
    • Embedding culturally-sensitive support systems that can meaningfully engage with young women from various ethnic and religious backgrounds
    • Incentivising multi-agency support provided by voluntary and community-led organisations to rebuild trust with young women in the YJS
    • Frameworks to encourage women to engage in professional development and educational activities whilst in the YJS for a better future

    Dali Kaur, Interim Head of Criminal Justice Services, Advance (CONFIRMED)

    Indy Cross, Chief Executive, Agenda Alliance (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in youth justice services.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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