GMYJUP Annual Conference 2017

The Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership (GMYJUP) held our third GMYJUP Annual Conference this October, hosted at Man. Met.

This year we launched GMYJUP’s new Participatory Youth Practice framework for youth justice...


Professor Richard Greene, our Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, opened the conference, thanking the GMYJUP team for their enthusiasm, support and hard work in developing the partnership and supporting its initiatives over the last few years.

A celebration of partnership working

The day began with a celebration of the successes of the GMYJUP partnership.

Professor Hannah Smithson, Head of MCYS, spoke about the benefits of a collaboration like GMYJUP from an academic's perspective, and Paul Axon, Director of Targeted Services at Positive Steps, spoke about the benefits the partnership brings from a practice perspective.

GMYJUP's KTP Associate, Anna-Christina Jones, spoke about the distinct nature of GMYJUP's approach to knowledge transfer, detailing how GMYJUP's flagship Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project has focused on championing young people's right to participate and embedding learnings from academia in practice.

The importance of participation

Professor Hannah Smithson discussed the the importance of young people's participation in research, sharing some of the other participatory initiatives that the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) has been leading with the delegates.

Professor Smithson was followed by Dusty Kennedy, Director of the YJB in Wales and lead for young people's participation. Dusty spoke about the Youth Bustle Board (YJB's) participation strategy, and the progress being made in enacting it.

Introducing the Participatory Youth Practice framework

In the afternoon, KTP Associate Anna-Christina Jones ran an interactive session introducing delegates to the new Participatory Youth Practice framework.

Delegates viewed an explainer video, co-created with young people, to introduce delegates to the the eight youth-led principles of practice.

See our video, here …

Delegate‌s were introduced to the engagement resources and out-of-court framework, which provide practical guidance on how to apply these principles in day-to-day practice.

An international perspective

To finish the day, Associate Professor Leanne Dowse from the University of New South Wales, a visiting professor here at the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS), spoke of how the GMYJUP model is inspiring the work of her and her international colleagues.

A warm reception

We had fantastic attendance on the day, and the feedback after the event has been overwhelming. We are already looking forward to organising our next annual conference in 2018!

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Our agenda for the day can be found here

Our speaker biographies can be found here

You can read more about the event on our news page and a feature on Man Met.'s Research page here

09:30 AM


10:00 AM

Welcome and opening remarks

Professor Richard Greene, Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Knowledge Exchange, Manchester Met. 

10:15 AM

About GMYJUP: an academic perspective

Professor Hannah Smithson, Manchester Met.

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10:30 AM

About GMYJUP: a practice perspective

Paul Axon, Positive Steps

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10:50 AM

Academic underpinnings & the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project

Anna-Christina Jones, Manchester Met

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11:10 AM

Why is youth participation important in research and practice?   

Professor Hannah Smithson, Manchester Met 

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11:25 AM

The Youth Justice Board’s Participation Strategy

Dusty Kennedy, Youth Justice Board(YJB) Cymru

11:45 AM

Using Youth Participatory Action Research in Youth Justice

Anna-Christina Jones, Manchester Met

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12:00 PM


12:45 PM

Introducing the ‘Participatory Youth Practice’ framework

An interactive session

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02:00 PM


02:15 PM

Launching the GMYJUP resource website

02:30 PM

International Knowledge Transfer: Learning Lessons from GMYJUP

Professor Leanne Dowse, University of New South Wales

02:45 PM

Closing remarks

Professor Hannah Smithson & Paul Axon        

Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership