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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