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Plenary Speakers

Children’s Human Rights and Youth Justice: Progress, Challenges and Visions

Time Bateman

Dr Tim Bateman is Chair of the National Association for Youth Justice, a position he has held since 2019 having previously been Deputy Chair (since 2010). Tim is a researcher at the University of Bedfordshire and prior to joining the University, his experience included employment as a social worker with children in trouble and youth justice policy worker. Tim has written widely on youth crime, youth justice and children in conflict with the law and his research is informed by a commitment to improve the treatment, and ensure the rights, of children who come to the attention of the youth justice system. 


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Dr Claire Fitzpatrick is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University Law School, and the youth justice lead for the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research. For over twenty years Dr Fitzpatrick has explored the injustices faced by those who have spent time in the care system as children and are later involved with the youth and adult criminal justice systems. Her work has sought to challenge popular perceptions that routinely link being in care with being in trouble. She regularly advises policy makers, practitioners and third sector organisations on these issues. Most recently, she was Principal Investigator on the Nuffield Foundation-funded project Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody for Girls and Women which reported in May 2022.


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Professor Barry Goldson is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool. He has researched and published extensively in the fields of youth criminology/youth justice studies and he has provided expert evidence to a range of parliamentary committees, independent inquiries and international studies. Most recently (2017-19), he was a member of the Expert Advisory Board that supported the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. He is an honorary Vice-President of the National Association for Youth Justice, Chair of the British Society of Criminology ‘Youth Criminology/Youth Justice Network’ (YC/YJN) and Co-Chair of the European Society of Criminology ‘Thematic Working Group on Juvenile Justice’ (TWGJJ). His most recent books are Juvenile Justice in Europe: Past, Present and Future (Routledge, 2019) and Youth Justice and Penality in Comparative Context (Routledge, 2021). He is currently working on a further book project with Routledge entitled Re-Imagining Juvenile Justice.


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Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth is Professor of Law at Newcastle University and she has held visiting positions at the University of Otago, the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales and Texas Tech University.  Her research focuses on children’s rights especially in the context of youth justice and she has a particular interest in the theorisation of children’s rights as well as their practical application. In addition to her youth justice research, Kathryn also has an interest in judicial approaches to children’s rights, including in judgment-writing and sentence delivery. This work has formed the basis of judicial training in a number of jurisdictions and led to changes to sentencing guidance in England and Wales.


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Dr Laura Janes is a Solicitor specialising in prison law, criminal appeals, mental health law and public law. She has particular expertise in representing children, young adults and vulnerable people in detention in both penal and mental health settings.  She is a Consultant Solicitor at Scott-Moncrieff & Associates Ltd and GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates.  Laura is a visiting fellow at South Bank University where she teaches courses on Human Rights. From 2005 to 2022, Laura worked for the Howard League for Penal Reform and was its Legal Director between 2016 and 2022.


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Simon Perry worked in Children's Services for nearly 40 years as a teacher and social worker. He held senior positions in Local Authorities including Head of Youth Justice and Assistant Director of Children's Services. He is a long-time supporter of the NAYJ and was a Trustee for seven years. Simon first met Geoff Monaghan (in whose memory the conference is dedicated) in 1979 when they were both employed as Residential Social Workers in Northampton, after which they remained close friends and colleagues.


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Dr Patrick Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).  His research is concerned with processes of criminalisation; the drivers of ethnic disproportionality within the criminal and youth justice systems of England and Wales and; surfacing and resisting collective forms of punishments.  Informed by interventionist critical social research (Clarke, Chadwick and Williams 2017), Patrick works in-service to a number of community and activists’ campaigns and organisations concerned with resisting the ‘crime’ and criminalisation of racially minoritised children and young people.