Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 6:30am to 2:00pm

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 is holding 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 debate 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?

Book your place and join high-profile speakers, U R Boss young advisors, academics and practitioners at this national conference which will map the way for positive change.



Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, London
Jacqui Cheer QPM, Chief Constable, Cleveland Police
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
Dan Jarvis MBE MP, Shadow Justice Minister
Richard Monkhouse JP, Chairman, Magistrates’ Association

Sessions' Chairs:

Dr Neil Chakraborti, Reader in Criminology at the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester and Trustee, the Howard League for Penal Reform
Professor Barry Goldson, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool

Conference structure

The conference will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers, opportunity for questions and debate and a range ofpanel sessions covering leading academic research and practice on the themes of the U R Boss ‘A young peoples’ manifesto’:


Licence conditions, breach and recall
Relationships and support
Work and education
Wiping the slate clean
The basics: housing, finance and ID
Legal Aid
It’s different for women and girls

The conference will also hear contributions from young people who have experienced the penal system at first hand.


Continuing Professional Development

Accredited for Law Society 5 hours CPD.

Who should attend?

Practitioners and policy makers, academics, youth offending team workers, directors of children’s services, social workers, youth workers, police, probation and prison staff, appropriate adults, voluntary sector agencies, lawyers, sentencers and anyone interested in youth justice and criminal justice issues.

Book your place

To book your place please complete and submit an online booking form for each delegate attending the conference.

If you have any queries regarding the booking process, or which of the conference rates applies to you, please contact our events manager on 020 7241 7892 or

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