NAYJ lobbies government on youth justice issues, both in it’s own right and with fellow members of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice. NAYJ also runs campaigns; organises high quality, low cost, local training events and publishes a wide range of briefings, newsletters and position papers.

The State of Youth Justice 

The State of Youth Justice 2020
The State of Youth Justice 2017
The State of Youth Justice 2015

Youth Justice Compendium

2018 – Compendium of papers from ‘Child Friendly Youth Justice?’ conference (Cambridge, 25 September 2017)

Campaign papers

2019/20 Youth Justice Manifesto
2015 Youth Justice Manifesto
2013 Detaining Children at the Police Station
2012 The Age of Criminal responsibility
2012 A Child focused Youth Justice System
2011 Payment by results and the youth justice system

Briefing papers

2024 Open justice and children in the criminal justice system
2024 Disapplication of Human Rights in Victims and Prisoners Bill
2023 Appeals for children, Law Commission submission

2021 Bridging the care-crime gap: reforming the youth court?
2021 Explaining Desistance
2019 ‘Youth knife crime’
2017 The ‘transformation’ of youth custody: a discussion paper
2016 The State of Youth Custody
2016 Reducing Remands to the Secure Estate
2015: The State of Youth Justice 2015
2014 NAYJ briefing Pre-court arrangements Feb 14
2013 Children in conflict with the law briefing Sep 14
2013 Children in police detention
2012 NAYJ briefing Children in conflict with the law
2012 LASPO Act

Press releases

2016 NAYJ Press Release Secure Schools
2015 The use of Restraint
2012 Trends in Youth Justice
2011 Payment by results


Joint letter to Judges - sentencing and remand during Covid19 pandemic - March 2020
Letter to SoS Justice - Coronavirus and child prisons March 2020
Letter to minister Oct 2014
Letter to Lord McNally April 2014
Letter to Guardian 25th May 2010
Letter to Guardian 16.11.11


2023 Response to MoJ Open Justice Consultation
2021 Response to Education Committee Inquiry on Prison Education 
2017 Response to Review of the Editors’ Code of Practice
2016 Response to the Taylor Review interim report
2015 Submission to the Narey Review of Residential Child Care
2015 Submission to the Taylor Review of Youth Justice
Submission to PRT care Review August 2015
2015 Secure Children’s Homes
Legal aid June 2013
Transforming youth custody