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Westminster Legal Policy Forum Keynote Seminar 'Reforming the youth justice system - sentencing, custody and education'


8th July 2014

Central London


This seminar focuses on the future of the youth justice system in England and Wales at a time of significant reform.


It takes place in the context of Government’s recent response to the Transforming Youth Custody consultation, setting out proposals for:


  • The creation of Secure Colleges to provide a new form of youth detention accommodation;
  • A competition for new education provision within public sector Youth Offending Institutes; and
  • New measures to improve resettlement in the community following youth custody.


The seminar is being timed to discuss findings of the forthcoming Parliamentary inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of the youth courts system - which is expected to report in June.


The chair of the inquiry, Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, is a keynote speaker at the seminar, as is Darren Tierney, Director for Youth Justice and Foreign National Offenders, Ministry of Justice.


Sessions will bring together further key policymakers with stakeholders including criminal justice practitioners, educational leaders, local authorities, charities and action groups, academics and commentators, and others working across private, voluntary and community sectors that are affected by changes in youth justice policy.


The agenda also includes discussion on:


  • Reorganising the youth custodial estate - challenges facing the delivery of a new network of Secure Colleges;
  • Improving education in detention - perspectives on developing educational expertise across the youth estate, and attracting new private, voluntary and community providers;
  • Innovation across the custody-to-community transition - best practice and latest thinking on developing better integration with community practitioners;
  • Strengthening local partnerships in a changing landscape - with reference to new guidance on how youth offending teams, local authorities, health, police and probation services can remain effective; and
  • Challenges facing the Youth Court and youth sentencing - developing effectiveness, tackling re-offending and options for reforming court structures.


The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum.




We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, Chair, Parliamentary Inquiry into the Youth Courts System; Theodore Huckle QC, Counsel General for Wales and Darren Tierney, Director for Youth Justice and Foreign National Offenders, Ministry of Justice.


Further confirmed speakers include: Sally Garratt, Director for Young People, The Manchester College; Penelope Gibbs, Chair, Standing Committee for Youth Justice and Director, Transform Justice; Graham Godden, Operations Manager and Founder, Youth Empowerment Services+; Kathryn Harrison, Chair, Youth Courts Committee, Magistrates' Association and Charlie Jones, Youth Offending Team Manager, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.


Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd MP, Member, Justice Committee has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.




This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from the DfE; HM Inspectorate of Probation; HM Courts & Tribunals Service; MoJ; National Offender Management Service and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Also due to attend are representatives from AOPM; Bedford Borough Council; Cambridgeshire Youth Offending Service; Catch22; CPS; Derby University; Derbyshire Probation Trust; HMP Wormwood Scrubs; Kent County Council; Kinetic Youth; London Borough of Barnet; London Probation Trust; Magistrates Association; Nottingham Trent University; OCC; Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Staffordshire; Prospects Services; Sentencing Council; The Children’s Society; The GEO Group and The Reasons Why Foundation.


 Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and other relevant Departments, senior representatives from law firms, charities and campaign groups, local government, and all aspects of the criminal justice system, as well as academics and reporters from the national and trade press.



Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at MoJ, DfE and other government departments; officials at Youth Justice Board and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.


All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content. 


The Westminster Legal Policy Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade press.



Booking arrangements

To book places, please use ouronline booking form.


Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.


Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.


Options and charges are as follows:


  • Places at Reforming the youth justice system - sentencing, custody and education(including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £190 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.


For those who cannot attend:


  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

For more information please visit the Westminster Legal Policy Forum website.