Reforming Young People's Priorities

A one-day conference for academics and practioners interested in the current issues young people face.

27 March 2012, University of York.

Reforming Young People's Priorities?

Tuesday 27 March 2012, 10.00AM to 5.30pm

Hosted by the University of York. Supported by the UK Social Policy Association.  

Guest speakers

  • Bob Coles (University of York)
  • Peter Dwyer (City of York Council)
  • Tom Wylie (Former head of NYA)

Chaired by

  • Tony Jeffs (Durham University)

Conference aims and themes

The University of York is hosting a one day conference directed at both academics and practitioners who hold a vested interest in the current issues young people face. At a time when significant cut backs and restructuring of services are starting to take hold, it is vital that a space is provided for reflection.  The conference will provide a welcomed space whereby individuals can come together and voice their feelings, concerns and ideas for moving forward in an environment that might seem uncertain and fragile. It will also provide the impetus to re-evaluate our work with young people, the policy frameworks we have worked within, and how we anticipate the future might look. 

A number of themed workshops focusing specific areas of work with young people will run throughout the day. Themes covered include:

  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Young Offenders
  • Youth Work
  • Youth Homelessness

Workshops will be both practitioner and researcher led, allowing for the dissemination of good practice and research.


About the day


For further information please contact Aniela Wenham, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York: aniela.wenham@york.ac.uk.

Location: University of York

Youth & Policy

I was struck by the engaging and thoughtful discussions that took place throughout the day. All delegates were clearly passionate about the issues young people face in the current political and economic climate.

Aniela Wenham

Tony Jeffs opening the conference