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User Voice at the YJC 2013

"Don’t forget that us young people were just like you when you was younger but we’ve gone down a different path. We’re all the same really aren’t we?"

At this year’s Youth Justice Convention, young people from User Voice projects across the country led a question and answer session with youth justice practitioners.

The session, which was highly praised by staff attending, addressed many issues faced by young people entering the criminal justice system. It gave young people a chance for their voices to be heard and offer suggestions on how the system could be improved for other young people like themselves.

Staff who attended the event gave very positive feedback highlighting how impressed they were by our articulate and insightful young peopleThat many practitioners left suggesting they'd promote youth involvement in future events showed how constructive service user involvement can be.