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Annual Youth Justice Convention
26 Nov 2008
Held at Harrogate International Centre

The Annual Youth Justice Convention is the leading policy and networking event for all those committed to tackling youth crime. Bringing together delegates from youth offending teams, the police, local authorities, YOIs, probation and other key stakeholders this conference considers key issues addressing youth crime today. It is 10 years since the Crime and Disorder Act introduced significant reforms to the youth justice system in England and Wales. This year's Convention assessed the development of the system over the past decade and debated the long-term challenges and opportunities for practitioners in light of recent changes to the youth justice environment such as the publication of the Home Office's Youth Crime Action Plan, the new sentencing arrangements, Youth Justice: the Scaled Approach, the implementation of Criminal Justice, Simple, Speedy, Summary and local government reforms.

David Hanson MP
Keynote address

Frances Done
Welcome and introduction from Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

Panel session
Youth justice priorities

Professor Alison Liebling
Achieving positive outcomes for young people from custody and resettlement

Panel discussion
How can we improve outcomes for young people in custody across England and Wales?

Derrick Jones
The council perspective

Irene Lucas
The council perspective

Ian McPherson
The police perspective

Keith Towler
The children’s perspective

Panel discussion
What contribution can community groups provide?

Dominique Walker
Special guest speaker

Jack Straw and Ed Balls
In conversation with Polly Toynbee