Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership

The Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership (GMYJUP) was established in October 2014.  The partnership comprises of Man Met, the Youth Justice Board and the 10 Youth Justice Services across Greater Manchester

GMYJUP provides an innovative, ground-breaking model linking effective practice, research capabilities and collaborative approaches- supporting Greater Manchester to lead the way nationally in collaborative approaches to delivering effective practice in youth justice.

Our goal is to support Greater Manchester to become a beacon region for innovation and excellence, demonstrating strong outcomes for children and young people.

To help achieve these ambitions, GMYJUP has secured a pioneering Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, which facilitates the bi-directional transfer of knowledge from practice to academia and from academic to practice. This project has resulted in a new framework for youth justice called Participatory Youth Practice (PYP).


Dr Tim Bateman, Reader in Youth Justice at the University of Bedfordshire, said:

“I first became aware of the Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership (GMYJUP) shortly after it was established in 2014 and I was immediately impressed by the scale of its ambition. The pioneering adoption of Youth Participatory Action Research places social justice at the heart of the partnership, providing a radically different model of how services should develop while simultaneously maximising the chances of improved outcomes for children by increasing the legitimacy of youth justice interventions in accordance with the research on ‘procedural justice’. I have been involved in youth justice – as a practitioner, policy worker and academic – for more than 30 years and I have rarely been so excited about an initiative or so optimistic about the improved outcomes that it has the potential to deliver”


Robert Street, Head of Evidence and Effective Practice at the Youth Justice Board (YJB), said:

“We see partnerships such as these as a critical way of putting evidence into practice, to improve the service provided to children and young people. We think that GMYJUP is an excellent model of that approach, particularly in its regional scale and coordination”


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