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Youth Justice Conference 2015


Youth Justice in Scotland conference

11 September 2015, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh 

A huge thank you to all speakers, particpants, volunteers, venue staff and caterers for their contributions to this year's conference. We are also very grateful to those who took time to complete evaluations; all feedback will be used to inform future event planning.

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An audio recording of the conference speakers is available here to listen to: YJ Conference 2015 audio 

Conference speakers' presentations (Powerpoints if used) can be downloaded by clicking on the titles below. 

Morning session Chair  - The Rt. Hon. Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC

Early and Effective Intervention: An Evaluation of the Whole Systems Approach Professor Michele Burman, Professor of Criminology, University of Glasgow

Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility – a Legislative Opportunity? Malcolm Schaffer, Head of Practice and Policy, SCRA

Capacity to Instruct Julian Aitken QC, Mackinnon Advocates

Rights in the Youth Justice System - Emma Grindulis, Policy and Communications Officer, Together Scotland


Afternoon session Chair - Sheriff Alistair Duff, Director of the Judicial Institute for Scotland

Getting it Right for Children in Custody: the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill - Chief Superintendent Paul Main, National Lead for Safer Communities, Police Scotland

Transitions and the best way to address offending by 16-17 year olds - Prof Bill Whyte CBE, Professor of Social Work Studies in Criminal and Youth Justice, University of Edinburgh

Youth Justice: Challenges and the 2014 Act - Brian McClafferty, Youth Justice Manager, Dumfries and Galloway, Chair of National Youth Justice Advisory Group

Prosecution of Children – When is it in the Public Interest?- David Harvie, Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service, West of Scotland