Re-imagining Youth Justice

09/01/14 - Event

The Howard League is holding a one-day conference to take stock of youth justice and look to the future.


Re-imagining youth justice

The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Call for papers

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 have an impact on policy, practice and the services that affect them and secure their legal rights through a ground-breaking mix of participation and legal work both behind bars and in the community. To celebrate five years of U R Boss, 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?

Submissions are welcomed from theoretical, policy and practice-based papers on the themes of the U R Boss 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

* Police

* Prisons

* Participation

The UR Boss manifesto can be found at

Abstract guidelines
Proposals should be titled clearly and should not exceed 250 words. Please include the proposer's name and contact details along with their job title. If accepted, you will receive further details concerning the conference and any other information required.

Publication of papers
Short synopses of the papers will be available to the conference participants. Papers will be considered for publication on our website following the conference.

Conference fees

All conference participants, whether presenting a paper or not, are required to pay conference fees.

Closing date: 10 February 2014

Please submit abstracts to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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