The National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ) is the only membership organisation which exclusively campaigns for the rights of and justice for children 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 in the Youth Justice system in England by campaigning, lobbying, publishing practice and policy papers and providing training events and conferences.

The NAYJ has no paid staff but relies on the work undertaken by Trustees and Members. If you would like to get involved, then please email info@thenayj.org.uk

Statement of Purpose

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

Working with children in trouble: the philosophical base

Children and young people should be viewed individually according to their stage of development. A child 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 has produced a Manifesto:

2024 Youth Justice Manifesto

The NAYJ Constitution documents the objectives and structure of the charity.

The NAYJ is not a funding body; from time to time it may consider giving small amounts of money to external bodies on an ad hoc basis and subject to criteria laid out in the funding policy.

The NAYJ is registered with the Charity Commission (no.1138177).