About Us

The National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ) is the only membership organisation which exclusively campaigns for the rights of and justice for children and young people in trouble with the law.

NAYJ was formed in 1995 following the amalgamation of two existing organisations, the Association for Youth Justice and the National Intermediate Treatment Federation and in 2010 became a registered charity.

NAYJ seeks to promote the welfare of children and young people in the Youth Justice system in England by campaigning, lobbying, publishing practice and policy papers and providing training events and conferences.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the NAYJ is to promote the rights of, and justice for, children in trouble.
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Working with children in trouble the philosophical base

Children and young people should be viewed individually according to their stage of development. A child or young person who offends should be viewed as a child and as a child first and foremost. Thus, the welfare of the child remains paramount. Within this context, the National Association for Youth Justice believes that:-
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NAYJ is managed by a board of trustees elected annually; the current board structure is:

Chair - Ross Little, De Montfort University
Trustees - Spike Cadman, Senior Policy & Development Officer
Professor Barry Goldson, University of Liverpool
Dr Joe Yates, John Moores University
Chris Stanley, Magistrate
Roger Orchard, YOT Officer
Ben Byrne, Head of Youth Support, Surrey
Laura Campbell, YOS Operations Manager
Christine Peace, Solicitor
Dr Tim Bateman, University of Bedfordshire
Dr Judith Mortimore, Independent writer & researcher
Pippa Goodfellow, Nottingham Trent University
Ali Wigzell, University of Cambridge
Dr Caroline Andow, University of Winchester
Alexandra Russell, University of Winchester

Trustees can be contacted on: info@thenayj.org.uk

NAYJ is a member of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, www.scyj.org.uk and of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, www.crae.org.uk

NAYJ is also a member of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory www.ijjo.org

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