Conference - Young People's Rights to Fair Treatment

Empowering young people to achieve their potential

Invite-young-peoples-rights-to-fair-treatment-feb2011webThe Commission is delighted to host this free conference for people who work with young people.

Date:    3 February 2011 10am - 4:30pm

Venue:   Manchester - King’s House conference centre, King’s Church, Sidney Street, M1 7HB

Did you know?

Young people under the age of 25 are three times as likely to experience problems but half as likely to seek advice?

  • In a time of cutbacks and challenges find out how the Commission can support you in enabling young people to overcome their problems and achieve their full potential.
  • The new Equality Act and the Human Rights Act combine to provide a raft of new rights for young people as they leave school and seek to enter FE/HE, vocational training or employment.
  • Using real life examples, you will discover how knowing the rights to fair treatment that young people have, can empower you and them to overcome barriers and challenge discrimination on the grounds of:
    • Disability
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Race
    • Faith
    • Age
    • Religion or Belief
    • Gender 
    • Trans status
    • Pregnancy / Maternity

This conference is free of charge and lunch will be provided.


Barbara Rayment - Director, Youth Access

Barbara Rayment is Director of Youth Access, the national membership association for young people’s information, advice, counselling and support services. She has nearly 30 years experience of working in services for young people and has a long standing interest in improving their access to advice and counselling.

During the 1980s she worked for a local youth information, advice and counselling service; a period which had an enormous influence on her desire to champion young people's better access to these services. This experience led her to write a publication called 'Good Practice in Youth Advice Work'. She also worked for a short period as the Head of Student Services in a further education college.

Since joining Youth Access, Barbara has had the opportunity to contribute nationally to improving advice and counselling services for young people. This has included supporting Youth Access; own capacity to provide better evidence, tools and training to improve services, as well as working with policymakers to create better recognition of young people's advice and counselling needs. This included working with the former DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) on the development of an Information, Advice and Guidance strategy for young people and more recently work with the Department of Health on a new mental health strategy.

Charlotte Hill - Chief Executive, UK Youth

Charlotte took over as Chief Executive of UK Youth in November 2010.  Prior to that she was Advocacy and Communications Manager at the charity for 18 months.

Charlotte started her career working in Parliament for Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman QC MP in a number of roles then moved to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) as their Parliamentary Advisor.

She moved to Australia and worked for a Government Relations and Communications Company and for a Children’s Charity in Sydney before moving on to work in Cambodia teaching English in an orphanage.

Charlotte returned home to join UK Youth in April 2009.        

Glynis Craig, Senior solicitor at the Commission

Glynis is a senior solicitor in the Legal Enforcement Directorate of the Commission. In this role she conducts and manages the strategic use of the Commission’s enforcement powers to ensure that individuals and organisations comply with equality and human rights legislation. She is also a contributor to Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act 2010.

She previously worked as a solicitor within the Law Centres Federation in the North West. 

Dr Rob Berkeley  Director, Runnymede Trust

Rob Berkeley has been Director of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think tank, since January 2009. He was Deputy Director of Runnymede between 2005 and 2009. His doctoral studies focused on exclusions from school.

He is Chair of governors at a South London primary school, Chair of Naz Project London (which provides sexual health and HIV prevention and support services to various minority ethnic communities), and a Trustee of Stonewall, and the Equality and Diversity Forum. He is a Senior Adviser to the British Council, and a member of the Commission on 2020 Public Services.

Publications include ‘Home Alone: Unaccompanied Minor Return to Somaliland’ (2010), ‘Right to Divide? Faith Schools and Community Cohesion’ (2008) ‘Identity, Ethnic Diversity and Community Cohesion’ (Sage: London 2007), ‘Britain; challenges for race equality’ (2006) and ‘Connecting British Hindus’ (2006).

Who should come?

People who work with young people aged 16-25 including:

  • Youth Workers
  • Connexions Advisers
  • Union Officers
  • Careers Advisers
  • CABx Advisers
  • Student Support staff

There are a limited number of places available and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We would like to ensure that the event is accessible to all, so please let us know as early as possible  if you have any dietary requirements or reasonable adjustments by emailing or phoning Sue Pemberton 0161 829 8554.

Parking:  There is one disabled car parking space at the rear of the building with NCP parking available at the Aquatic Centre. 

We may be able to offer travel expenses to delegates from the voluntary sector who will have to travel a long distance – please mention this on your registration form.


To book your place, please download and complete the booking form and then return it:

Please complete and return the form by 21 January 2011

Download booking form (Word)

Download Invitation (PDF)

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