For many years, the NAYJ has advocated that youth justice law, policy and practice in England and Wales (and elsewhere) should reflect both the letter and the spirit of international human rights standards. Indeed, the NAYJ manifesto provides that ‘responses to children in trouble should be compliant with, and informed by, international conventions and standards, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’ and ‘arrangements for dealing with children in trouble must conform with, and be seen to conform with, principles of equality of treatment’.
By drawing on plenary presentations from leading experts in the field, together with delegate discussion and debate, the conference will assess the progress that has been, and is being made, in implementing the principles of international human rights standards in the youth justice sphere.
The conference will also consider the challenges that policy-makers, managers and practitioners must address to ensure that the youth justice system in England and Wales complies fully with the provisions of international human rights standards.
Finally, the conference will consider visions for a research-informed and human-rights-compliant youth justice and reflect upon the reforms that might be required to realise such vision.
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