National Youth Justice Conference 2023

We’re delighted to invite you to the 2023 National Youth Justice Conference, delivered in partnership with The Scottish Government and the National Youth Justice Advisory Group. Taking place at the Stirling Court Hotel on the 14th & 15th of June the theme of the conference is the Children’s Care and Justice Bill, currently under deliberation in the Scottish Parliament.

The Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill (known as the Children’s Care and Justice Bill) is a landmark piece of legislation in terms of youth justice in Scotland. Building on the legacy of the Kilbrandon report it marks a real step forward in Scotland’s journey towards adopting a rights-respecting approach to children and young people in conflict with the law. It sets out to mitigate some of the structural iniquities within current legal provision and its implications are both profound and wide-reaching. Across a range of keynote speeches, lightning talks, workshops and panel discussions we will explore children’s rights and some of the changes that this bill seeks to introduce.

Speakers include:

  • Natalie Don, MSP, Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping The Promise
  • Val de Souza, Independent Chair of Scotland’s National Bairns’ Hoose Governance Group
  • Sheriff David Mackie reporting on the Children’s Hearings System Working Group
  • Neil Hunter, Principal Reporter & Chief Executive, SCRA
  • Chief Superintendent Gordon McCreadie, Police Scotland
  • Ben Farrugia, Director, Social Work Scotland
  • Juliet Harris, Director, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)
  • Kate Wallace, Chief Executive, Victim Support Scotland
  • Stephen Bermingham, Children’s Hearings Scotland
  • Nick Hobbs, Acting Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland
  • Kate Crowe, Churchill Fellow, Australia
  • James Docherty, Community Justice Scotland
  • Stephen McVey, Service Manager, Glasgow City HSCP
  • Peter Orr, Service Manager, Glasgow City HSCP
  • Gordon Main, Our Hearings, Our Voice
  • Abbie Brough, Our Hearings, Our Voice
  • Nadine Smith, Leaders Unlocked
  • Kiera Irvine, Inclusion As Prevention
  • Nathan Sheach, Inclusion As Prevention

Contact Us

Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622

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