Health and Wellbeing Needs of Young People in the Justice System with Anne-Marie Douglas (Founder & CEO, Peer Power)

13th Mar 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

The founder of Peer Power, Anne-Marie Douglas, will discuss her organisation’s partnership work with the National Health Service (London) and how it is influencing the development of health and justice pathways for children and young people experiencing the criminal justice system. Anne-Marie will explain how the project is facilitating young people’s involvement in the commissioning, provision and evaluation of health and justice services, and young participants will present their experience of the project and the benefits of service user participation.

Anne-Marie will also speak about her recent Churchill travelling fellowship, in which she travelled to the USA and Canada to research Empathy Development and its application to justice, health and social care services for young people.

Peer Power’s report ‘Just Health – An Enquiry into the Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Young People in the Youth Justice System’, in partnership with NHS London, can be accessed here

Commenting on Peer Power’s Just Health report Lord McNally, former Chair of the Youth Justice Board, said:

“This report demonstrates again why it is important to seek the views of those whose needs the youth justice system was established to meet – namely children who offend.  We already know that access to mental healthcare and emotional wellbeing services is poor for children in the youth justice system, and the findings of this report go some way to illustrating how this could be improved.  As work is underway to reform youth justice, along the education, health and welfare principles Charlie Taylor’s review espoused, so I hope the children’s views expressed in this report are taken into account as part of that process”

This I4P event is in association with the Faculty of Health and Social Care and will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.  It is also part of a schedule of events in the coming year which celebrates ‘Wonder Women: 100 years of women’s suffrage’.


  • 12.30pm Registration and Refreshments
  • 1.00pm Start
  • 3.00pm Close

Speaker profile:

Anne-Marie founded Peer Power in 2014, an organisation aiming to put empathy at the heart of social change and social care services for disadvantaged children and young people. Her work is underpinned by a belief in supporting individual choice, the importance of empathy, nurturing and a person centred therapeutic approach. She has worked with the Youth Justice Board, local authority youth offending teams, supported the engagement of the hardest to reach young people as Head of Youth Programmes at User Voice, and supported Just for Kids Law with safeguarding and the development of their innovative ‘Advocacy Year’ graduate recruitment project.