November 7-9, 2018

Justice for Young People


Supporting young people to be more than their mistakes.

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For too many young people, the capacity to create a fulfilling future is damaged by contact with the justice system. This can leave them vulnerable to recidivism, and a future defined by past mistakes rather than their inherent potential.

Can we do better?

Around the world, youth justice approaches – and outcomes – are very different. The Justice for Young People conference will provide access to alternative youth justice approaches and strengthen our communities’ capacity to seek real and just outcomes for young people.

Speakers from the Netherlands, New Zealand, UK, US and Spain will join local and interstate experts and advocates to challenge us to consider new perspectives and learn innovative approaches to preventing and overcoming offending behaviours.

Who Should Attend?

If you are responsible for policy development or you manage programs for young people, child protection, families or the justice system, the Justice for Young People conference is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to network with peers and learn from national and international youth justice leaders.

Wednesday – FridayNovember 7-9 2018
Hotel Grand Chancellor65 Hindley Street, Adelaide

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Registration will give you access to both full days of the conference, Wednesday and Thursday.

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        Conference Dinner


        Hotel Grand Chancellor

        Wednesday night, 6.30pm

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          8:30 AM 9:00 AM

          Registration opens

          Tea and coffee available.

          9:00 AM 9:10 AM

          Opening Plenary

          Carissa Prescott

          Chair, St John's Youth Services


          9:10 AM 9:20 PM
          9:20 AM 9:40 AM

          Official Opening

          Penny Wright

          SA Guardian for Children and Young People


          9:40 AM 10:40 AM


          Facilitated by Helen Connolly

          SA Commissioner for Children and Young People

          David Chesterton JP, Rachel Herzing, David Romero McGuire, Marijke van Genabeek, His Honour Judge John Walker

          10:40 AM 11:10 AM
          11:10 AM 11:45 AM

          International Keynote

          David Chesterton JP UK

          Independent Chair, Tower Hamlets Youth Offending Team

          Youth judicial systems: a comparative view

          11:45 AM 12:15 PM


          Brendan Murray Vic

          Director, Article 26

          The (missed) opportunity for youth development in custody

          12:15 PM 12:45 PM


          Kate Tillack Qld

          Research Officer, CREATE Foundation

          CREATE Youth Justice Report

          12.45 PM 1:45 PM
          1:45 PM 2:20 PM

          International Keynote

          His Honour Judge John Walker New Zealand

          Principle Youth Court Judge of New Zealand

          The New Zealand experience: the complexities of young people and effecting positive change with culturally adapted processes

          2:20 PM 2:55 PM

          International Keynote

          Rachel Herzing US

          Co-Director, Center for Political Education

          Community and prevention in addressing young people and harm

          3:00 PM 3:40 PM

          Breakout Sessions

          Breakout 1: David Chesterton JP

          Breakout 2: The Hon Judge John Walker

          Breakout 3: Rachel Herzing

          3:40 PM 4:10 PM
          4:10 PM 4:40 PM


          Leigh Garrett SA

          CEO, OARS

          Restorative Justice in South Australia

          4:40 PM 4:55 PM


          Bortier Okoe

          African Soul


          8:30 AM 9:00 AM

          Registration Opens

          Coffee and tea available

          9:00 AM 9:05 AM
          9:05 AM 9:20 AM


          Act Now

          Socially conscious theatre


          9:20 AM 9:55 AM

          International Keynote

          Marijke van Genabeek Netherlands

          Managing Director Treatment and Diagnostics, State Juvenile Institutions (RJJI) in Nijmegen, Breda & Rotterdam

          Working with juveniles: balancing between risk and opportunity

          9:55 AM 10:30 AM

          International Keynote

          David Romero McGuire UK

          Chief Executive, Diagrama Foundation

          Youth justice systems in Europe: lessons for policy makers and practitioners

          10:30 AM 11:00 AM
          11:00 AM 11:40 AM

          Breakout Sessions

          Breakout 4: Marijke van Genabeek

          Breakout 5: David Romero McGuire


          11:40 AM 12:20 PM

          Breakout Sessions

          Breakout 6: Daniel Clements Vic General Manager, Justice and Crime Prevention Programs, Jesuit Social Services

          JusticeSolutions - an international tour to youth justice issues in Australia

          Breakout 7: Sarah Strathearn & Stephen Green SA Youth Justice, SA Department of Human Services

          Outcomes from the Behaviour Support Framework (BSF) at the Adelaide Youth Training Centre

          Breakout 8: Justice Reinvestment SA

          12:20 PM 1:20 PM



          1:20 PM 2:00 PM

          Breakout Sessions

          Breakout 9: Richard Hughes, The Arches Anglicare SA

          Breakout 10: Restorative Justice SA

          Breakout 11: Jared Sharp & Alina Leikin, NT Legal Aid Commission

          Using the law to protect kids in custody - the role of legal action in achieving justice for young people

          2:00 PM 2:40 PM

          Breakout Sessions

          Breakout 13: Dr Megan Bell WA Project Manager/Post-Doctoral Researcher, Telethon Kids Institute

          Early developmental vulnerabilities in children of criminally convicted parents

          Breakout 14: Yasmin Sinclair & Winnie Warrior SA Place-based Aboriginal Solutions, Community Services and Support, SA Department of Human Services

          Yunga Nungas - Promising outcomes from a Northern Adelaide place-based response to Aboriginal overrepresentation in the youth justice system

          Breakout 15: John Lawrence SC NT Barrister, James Muirhead Chambers

          Beyond the Royal Commission: community-led transformational change

          2:40 PM 3:10 PM
          3:10 PM 3:30 PM

          App Launch

          Launch of SORTLI

          CREATE Foundation


          3:30 PM 4:30 PM


          Facilitated by David Chesterton JP

          Daniel Clements, John Lawrence SC, Jared Sharp, Sarah Strathearn, Winnie Warrior, Brendan Murray


          4:30 PM

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          Perfectly located in Central Adelaide, the Hotel Grand Chancellor is just a short walk from Adelaide Oval, The Convention Centre, Rundle Mall, Skycity Adelaide Casino and the scenic banks of the River Torrens. The hotel is positioned in the cultural hub of the city, walking distance of many arts attractions and great restaurants and bars.

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          Samstag Museum of Art

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          Adelaide Oval parklands / Tarntanya Wama

          Adelaide Oval parklands / Tarntanya Wama

          A short stroll across the River Torrens