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Children and the Law: International approaches to children and their vulnerabilities

Keynote Speakers

His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand/Aotearoa in June 2001).  New Zealand introduced an innovative system of juvenile justice in 1989 by introducing Family Group Conferences, restorative justice approaches as measures to achieve reconciliation, restitution and rehabilitation and minimise legal sanctions. Judge Becroft is a strong advocate of youth issues, who worked as a solicitor in a Community Law Centre, and as a criminal barrister, prior to his judicial appointment. He is a former council member of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society.  He is a current editor of LexisNexis “Transport Law”, Patron of the New Zealand Speak Easy Association Inc. which assists people with various forms of speech impediment, and Chairman of the NZ Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship. Judge Becroft is widely known for his commitment to children whose care and protection needs lead them into offending behaviour, both in New Zealand and the South Pacific, and was, amongst many other International invited presentations, keynote speaker at the World Congress of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in Septemer, 2006. One thing that does stand out however, is that my involvement in New Zealand is with a Youth Court that has a Justice / Criminal only jurisdiction.  He is committed to ensuring the treatment of young people is  based on fundamental principles such as those found in UNCROC. He is committed to ensuring children are dealt with in a distinct youth justice system, that is tailored to accommodate the specific needs of children, recognising that child offenders are either tomorrow’s law-abiding citizens or tomorrow’s serious offenders. In many cases, which road they take is determined by the youth justice system.

Dr Danya Glaser is Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London.  She is President of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and Member of the Family Justice Council, in the UK and Visiting Professor at University College London.
Dr Glaser has taught and written widely on various aspects of child maltreatment, including sexual and emotional abuse, fabricated or induced illness; effects of adult mental illness on child welfare and the effects of child maltreatment on the developing brain.  Her most recent book presents the evidence base on attachment and attachment disorders with attention to the identification and treatment of emotional abuse and working with children who have been seriously maltreated.

Professor Gary Melton
is Director of the Institute on Family and NeighbourhoodLife at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA. He has been president of Childwatch International, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the American Psychology-Law Society and the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice. He is one of only two individuals to have received three APADistinguished Contributions Awards, and has received other majorawards for research, public service, or both from APA, the AmericanPsychological Foundation, the American Professional Society on Abuseof Children, and the American Orthopsychiatric Association. He is amongst other things currently project director of US federally funded research into engaging the community in primary prevention of child maltreatment. He produces and hosts an award-winning weekly segment on South Carolina public radio, and has briefed US Congress for several years on family, community and child maltreatment matters. Professor Melton designed and leads a unique interdisciplinarydoctoral program on International Family and Community Studies that collaborates with universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and NorthAmerica.

Professor James R. P. Ogloff, JD, Ph.D., FAPS is a psychologist and Fellow of the Canadian, American, and Australian psychological societies. He is the Foundation Professor of Clinical Forensic Psychology at Monash University and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science. He is also Director of Psychological Services at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).  He has worked in clinical and forensic psychology in a variety of settings with adults and children for 25 years. He has given invited addresses or workshops in countries around the world. He is the Chair of the College of Forensic Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society, President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, and President of the Division of Psychology and Law for the International Association of Applied Psychology. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Psychological Association and a Past-President of the American Psychology-Law Society.  Professor Ogloff has published 12 books more than 175 scholarly articles and book chapters. He is the Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Amongst other studies he has researched the mental health outcomes for children who have been victims of maltreatment, which may also lead them into the criminal justice system. 

Professor Phil Scraton is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. His commitment to issues of social justice, racism and social exclusion, has encompassed work with marginal peoples, such as the Travelling Community in the UK and in Ireland. He has examined the use and abuse of police powers in civil rights disputes, and has researched the deaths of individuals in controversial circumstances, particularly in custody, and the issues arising from their investigation through coroners' inquests and public inquiries. European Community funded research supported his study of the aftermath of disasters and other traumatising events, and official responses, legal processes and media coverage that impacts on survivors and the bereaved. His books include 'Childhood' in 'Crisis'  (1997); he is co-author of Children's Rights in Northern Ireland ( Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People) and The Hurt Inside: The Imprisonment of Women and Girls in Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, 2005). His latest book is Power, Conflict and Criminalisation, (Routledge in 2007). He is a member of the Statewatch Editorial Collective, is on the Editorial Board of Issues in Crime and Justice, on the Steering Group of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and is Chair of the Board of Include Youth.