Social Work Events The Benefits and Challenges of Youth Participation in the Youth Justice System

This event is offered by the School of Human and Health Sciences, Centre for Applied Childhood Youth and Family Research to promote communication and knowledge sharing between academics and social work and social care professionals.

Meaningful participation of young people in youth justice service design and delivery has the potential to improve young people’s engagement with practice.  I will draw upon the findings from a ground-breaking knowledge transfer project with the Greater Manchester Youth Justice service to provide an account of the co-creation, with young people, of a framework for youth justice practice called ‘Participatory Youth Practice’ (PYP).  The benefits and challenges of PYP are discussed and I demonstrate the value of youth participation as a vehicle for re-framing academic discourse within youth justice contexts, and as a mechanism for influencing youth justice practice.


Professor Hannah Smithson, Manchester Metropolitan University – Hannah is Professor of Youth Justice and Criminology, and Director of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Her research has been instrumental in shaping agendas in research and policy across three interconnected areas: youth justice, youth gangs, and community safety and crime prevention.

How to book

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This is a free seminar. Your colleagues and friends are also very welcome.  Please book a place/places here.

Venue details
University of Huddersfield
Room R1/12
Ramsden Building