Raising Youth Justice

Welcome to the official CYCJ blog – a space for discussing, questioning and generally pondering all matters youth justice. Anything goes – political, societal or academic. In addition to our team sharing their thoughts and experiences, we welcome guest blogs – so email cycj@strath.ac.uk if you’ve got something to say. We hope that you enjoy reading what […]

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The reality of addiction

Studies over the years have shown the link between drug addiction and criminal behaviour.  In this guest blog for CYCJ about heroin addiction, Amc speaks frankly about peer pressure and the impact addiction had on his relationships – and why jail wasn’t the answer. By the time l was 18 years old l had tried […]

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Speaking from the heart

As she prepares to leave her role as director of CYCJ, Claire Lightowler shares why she’ll never stop fighting for the rights of every child and young person in this candid and powerful blog. Dear friends and colleagues This has to be the hardest thing I’ve written because it means acknowledging that I really am […]

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From little acorns…

In this exclusive guest blog for CYCJ, Fiona Duncan (Chair of The Promise Scotland) reflects on Scotland’s care review journey so far, the thousands of voices that shaped this and the change that is happening to make sure The Promise to our care community is kept.  “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, […]

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Sibling Imprisonment – the “forgotten victims”

Although prison systems are increasingly recognising the importance of prisoners’ families, attention tends to be on parental imprisonment, meaning those with a brother or sister in prison are left feeling forgotten and excluded. University of Strathclyde based researcher Dr Kirsty Deacon shares findings from her research* on the impact of sibling imprisonment and why more […]

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Restorative Practice in the Good Shepherd Centre

‘Relationships are the key to education.’ The Good Shepherd Centre has embedded a restorative approach that’s supporting its residents to deal with conflict in a positive and constructive way. Leona Donnelly (Depute Head of Education) – along with staff members and the young people – tells us why this approach is having major benefits for […]

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Celebrating an anniversary – and a new look – for Youth Just Us

Youth Just Us – the dynamic steering group behind the Youth Justice Voices participation project that is creatively influencing change in Scotland’s care and justice systems – are celebrating their two year anniversary with the launch of a new logo. Here Ruth Kerracher, who’s led the project from inception to success, tells us why she’s […]

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Working together to achieve the Rights Respecting dream

The Good Shepherd Centre has achieved its UNICEF Rights Respecting School Bronze Award, which celebrates the work the centre is doing to respect and protect the rights of its young residents. In this guest blog, Leona Donnelly (Deputy Head of Education) and Fiona Haigh (Languages Teacher) share the GSC rights respecting journey – and why […]

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Co-producing a rights-respecting resource

To help understanding of how we can support children in conflict with the law to understand their legal rights following the UNCRC incorporation, CYCJ has teamed up with Staf and Youth Justice Voices to co-produce a resource with children and young people. Ross Gibson explains what’s involved – and why we need your help to […]

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Walking away from the path of least resistance

The process of desistance from crime can often hinge on significant turning points, leading to new directions in life.  In this exclusive interview with Livingston FC manager David Martindale – who shares his own experiences of desistance – Ross Gibson hears how education, employment and a change of mindset can create new opportunities for those […]

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Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622

cycj@strath.ac.uk

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