Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership (GMYJUP)

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The Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership (GMYJUP) brings together academics from Manchester Metropolitan University, practitioners and management from Greater Manchester Youth Justice Services and the Youth Justice Board to form an innovative model of collaboration in the field of youth justice.

Established in 2014, GMYJUP’s collaborative approach has resulted in ground-breaking research to develop effective youth justice practice, increasingly making Greater Manchester a beacon region for excellence in youth justice research, policy and practice.

GMYJUP initiatives include:
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP): Set up to facilitate the bi-directional transfer of knowledge and expertise between academia and practice, this project was the first of its kind in the field of youth justice. The two-year research project engaged young people in the development of creative approaches to manage their behaviour, giving them a voice in the dialogue around how youth justice services should operate and involving them in youth justice service redevelopment. You can read all about the project here and here.


Out of Court Framework: GMYJUP have used their Participatory Youth Practice (PYP) framework to underpin a new approach to pre-court cases. Using the eight youth-led principles, this framework engages with the Police to take a problem-solving approach to out-of-court work in a youth justice setting. This new approach is already being piloted in Greater Manchester. You can download the out-of-court framework here.  


If you would like further information concerning academic partnerships, you may be interested in theYJB’s Academic/YOT partnership working guide and YJB Report which contains learnings and advice from the GMYJUP partnership, and Mapping Exercise: Youth Justice/Academic Partnership Working Survey.


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