National Youth Forensic Forum - 28 & 29 November 2019


The National Youth Forensic forum took place in Porirua on 28 and 29 November 2019 - Scroll down to view presentations...



Judge Andrew Becroft 
Children's Commisioner

Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed the Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand for an initial two year period from June 2016 and has had his term extended another two years. Prior to that he was the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand from 2001 to 2016; and was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996. After graduating from Auckland University in 1981 with a BA/LLB (Honours) degree, he practised in Auckland until 1986 when he then assisted with the establishment of the Mangere Community Law Centre and worked there until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the District Court in Whanganui, from 1996.

In 2009, Judge Becroft received an award from the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand as Communicator of the Year.  In 2010 Judge Becroft was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland.  In 2018 he was the winner of the Public Service Wellingtonian of the Year Award.  Judge Becroft is a former council member of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society. He is the Patron of the New Zealand Speak Easy Association Inc., which assists those with various forms of speech impediment, and is the Chairperson of the Board of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (NZ) Inc. He is married with three children, aged 23, 21 and 17. 

> Judge Andrew Becroft: What we mean by 'Wellbeing' presentation

> "What makes a good life? Children and young people's views on wellbeing"

> Watch Judge Becroft's presentation below:

Dr Enys Delmage
Consultant in Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry and Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, Ngā Taiohi and Hikitia

Dr Delmage is a consultant in adolescent forensic psychiatry and an assistant professor at the University of Nottingham. He is currently based at Ngā Taiohi Unit which is a secure inpatient service for young people who present with mental health problems and risk to others.

He has written book chapters related to aspects of adolescent forensic healthcare and has also contributed to national discussions in the UK related to the minimum age of criminal responsibility, as well as having presented his work which is part of an ongoing PhD in Law at an international conference. He has given evidence in the Court of Appeal and to the Justice Select Committee in the United Kingdom and he has been a member of the National Clinical Reference Group in the UK which has a strategic role in service development.

> Watch Dr. Enys Delmage's presentation below:

Lisa Cherrington 
Clinical Psychologist, Te Korowai Whāriki Regional Forensic Service, Palmerston North Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Service, Te-Upoko-me-te-Karu-o-Te-Ika 

One of our most experienced and senior Māori Clinical Psychologists in Aotearoa, Lisa has worked across sectors in a range of roles. Lisa has worked in Kaupapa Māori mental health services in Palmerston North and Wellington; created and taught the third year ‘Indigenous Psychology in Aotearoa’ paper at Victoria University; and has contributed to cultural and clinical supervision for range of organisations including Corrections, Central Primary Health Organisation, and Te Tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance.

Especially meaningful to Lisa is her mahi in the psycho-oncology area and the creating and writing of therapeutic programmes for Māori. Across all roles, Lisa is driven by her passion for working with tamariki and rangatahi and utilising narrative therapy deriving from our mātauranga Māori knowledge base.

Truly embodying what has been a large part of Lisa’s mahi in recent years – Whānau Ora - Lisa brings her whole self to her mahi as a Clinical Psychologist. Her devoted Māmā self – who seeks to inspire her two boys to reach for the stars in all they do; her award-winning creative storyteller self - who reflects back to us our diverse stories as Māori; and her Iron Māori Toa endurance athlete self – who constantly shows us what courage looks like in its most authentic of forms. Lisa brings us all of these; revealing leadership does not exist in just one form or space. Leadership is about drawing all our selves together; casting light for others to follow across many pathways.

> Lisa Cherrington: "Nah, she isn't into her culture" - On being Māori in a Youth Forensic Service presentation

> Lisa Cherrington's extracts for presentation

> Watch Lisa Cherrington's presentation below:

Patrick Mendes 
Regional Youth Forensic Service Cultural Advisor and Cultural Coordinator for Māori and Pacifica Cultural Advisors, Kari Centre Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Auckland DHB

 Patrick Mendes has worked in adult and child/adolescent areas of mental health for the past 16 years. He has worked at two of the three Auckland CAMHS services (Kari Centre ADHB and Whirinaki CMDHB-2008-9), during the last eight years and provides a full range of cultural experience and interventions. He has particular expertise in the child and adolescent field working with Māori rangatahi (young people), and their whānau. Academically, Patrick Mendes has a Bachelor of Social Science degree majoring in Māori and Psychology from Waikato University (1996-1999).

His current role includes working in a Multi-Disciplinary Team of Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, and Nurses to ensure quality access, assessment and therapy for Māori whānau entering the Regional Youth Forensic Service. Patrick Mendes’ role involves working across the Taiohi Tu Taiohi Ora clinical teams hosted by the Regional Youth Forensic Service, including making first whānau contact for assessments as well as working directly with rangatahi and their whānau. In a wider scope Patrick Mendes is responsible for the provision of Cultural Competence Training for mental health staff to ensure quality and cultural integrity at the Kari Centre.

Presenting with:

Moeawa Tamanui-Fransen 
Māori Cultural Advisor, Auckland DHB

 Moeawa has worked as a Youth Worker in different Community groups in South Auckland over the past 10 years, starting out as a mentor at Kokiri Te Rahuitanga Ki Otara – Residential care for youth at risk.

Moeawa has extensive experience within the Sexual & Reproductive health sector as a Kaimahi Māori and health promoter for Family Life Education Pacifica (FLEP) & Te Kaha O Te Rangatahi Trust (TKOTRT) and most recently Auckland Sexual Health Service (ADHB). Within these spaces Moeawa advocates for young people’s rights in many diverse communities, offering her experience and expertise in engaging and building rapport with young people in the rainbow community, Taiohi Māori (Māori young people) and their whānau/families. Moeawa has a Diploma in Youth work, Certificate Hauora Māori, and Certificate in Health promotion.

Moeawa works together with a team of Social workers, Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Nurses, to Manaaki (support) the Taiohi (Young Person) and the whānau/family that enter into the Regional Youth Forensics Service through the Youth Court Process, assessments and therapy.

> Patrick Mendes & Moeawa Tamanui-Fransen: "Nau te rourou nāku to rourou ka ora ai te whānau" - The Dynamics of Whanaungatanga: Exploring the Cultural Interface presentation

> Watch video of Ranga Tū - Regional Youth Forensics Service Cultural Based Programme below:

Kerry Weir-Smith
Quality Coordinator, Capital & Coast DHB,  Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Service 3DHB, Te Korowai Whāriki Regional Youth Forensic Service

Originally from South Africa, Kerry has been proud to call New Zealand home for the last 5 years. Kerry holds an honors degree in Occupational Therapy and has dedicated her career to the fields of Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability.

Kerry is excited by the potential that sensory modulation has as a core skill and has worked clinically and more recently operationally establishing systems and processes around embedding sensory practices.

Kerry is currently the Quality Coordinator for Te Korowai Whāriki – Forensic and Rehabilitation and Intellectual Disability Services CCDHB.

> Kerry Weir-Smith: Sensory Modulation - A Practical Introduction to the use of Sensory Approaches presentation

> Watch Kerri Weir-Smith's presentation below:

Kim Lapham
Registered Nurse, Youth Forensic Service, Southern DHB

"I have worked in mental health since becoming a registered nurse 16 years ago. I always wanted to be working in mental health and with youth.  I finally made it to working with youth four years ago. I have been working in the youth forensic service for two years.

Our youth forensic team is small and I have a variety of roles within it, which include assessments, case management and maybe team leader."

Presenting with:

Occupational Therapist, Kaiwhakaora ngangahau & Kaioranga Māori, Youth Forensic Service, Southern DHB

Dan is an Occupational Therapist in the Youth Forensic Team based in Dunedin and merges an Occupational Therapy role with that of the Kaioranga Māori.


> Presentation “Kakari kaihiku, kia haere kai upoko” - Sharing resources across the Deep South coming soon...

Dr James Gardiner
Forensic Psychiatrist, Regional Youth Forensic Service, Auckland DHB

James Gardiner is a Forensic Psychiatrist who currently works for the Regional Youth Forensic Service at Auckland District Health Board. 

> Watch James Gardiner's presentation below:


"ADHD through the lifespan, how that looks in a Youth Forensic setting"

Jason Jones 
AoD Youth Clinician, Te Korowai Whāriki Regional Forensic Service, Capital & Coast DHB

Jason is currently involved with assessing clients going through the youth justice system in an experienced and progressive team. He has a background in working alongside the prison population within a modified therapeutic community. Championing continuality of care, Jason then led a team working with the prison population from ‘lock up' through to release including post release support.

Jason began life in a small Rangitikei community before exploring, working and living in multiple countries.   From building elephant fences in Africa’s Okavango delta through to corporate London, from drug production centres in destabilised countries through to distribution in the West he built a small understanding of the complexities of drugs as a black market.   Passing through a myriad of drug cultures and subcultures he experienced the reality that the drug world is as diverse and interconnected as we are.      

Jason’s focus is on how we can best work within our own unique and diverse cultural environment to support our people as they work towards wellness.      

> Jason Jones: Culture is not Static: The changing face of youth drug use presentation

> Watch Jason Jones' presentation below:


> Additional presentation by Dr Amanda Cain: Youth Forensic Psychiatry

> Watch Dr Amanda Cain's presentation below:


For queries about the event please contact Liz Barker at [email protected]


Thursday 28 & Friday 29 November 2019
Venue information will be sent to attendees once registrations have closed.
Phone number: 
09 923 1267