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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got something to say. We hope that you enjoy reading what […]
The Forgotten Children
Would it surprise you to learn that there are more children with parents in prison than there are children in care? It is estimated that 30,000 children face parental imprisonment within Scotland each year. However, there is almost no data available on this subject due to statutory bodies not asking and no specific policy being […]
Year of Young People – A time for change?
In this month’s Year of Young People blog Claire McDonald reflects on her experiences of growing up. She is now studying towards an MSc in Psychology with her ongoing dissertation examining perceptions of risk, drawn on data from the IVY project. Lessons for change When I was thinking about Year of Young People 2018 my […]
Children it is difficult to love
Some of our children cause lasting and serious harm to others, committing offences of violence or demonstrating that they have the potential to do so. Thankfully, there are relatively few children in Scotland who pose a serious risk of harm to other people but they do exist and we ignore them at our peril. Over […]
What about us?
What about us? I am writing this as I lie on the settee, on a Sunday morning, after too much wine with my girlfriends the night before. It was a great night, but in the early hours of the morning, the conversation turned to be about me. I had asked the question ‘Is it wrong […]
The potential to do more than just survive
In this month’s Year of Young People blog we hear from an anonymous contributor who reflects on her time in foster care and her determination to ensure that her past does not define her future. Around the age of 14, waking up from a coma following an overdose of tablets, I felt cheated and confused. […]
A Whole System Approach – or is it a blog?
As a professional advisor to the youth justice team in the Scottish Government 8 years ago, I was in the very privileged position to be involved in the creation and implementation of the Whole System Approach (WSA), a new way for all agencies to work together to keep young people up to the age of […]
What a difference a year makes (or does it)? Number of young people in custody/secure care
For the last three years, CYCJ has published information on the number of young people in custody and secure care on a monthly basis and reviewed trends each quarter. Having changed our reporting system in December 2015, we now have two years’ worth of monthly average data to compare. This blog aims to highlight these […]
Meet Vicky Glover, Scotland’s first ever female Commonwealth Games boxer
Vicky Glover is 18 years old and the first woman selected to represent Scotland in boxing at a Commonwealth Games. Since her selection, she has received a great deal of media attention, with CNN, BBC and a range of newspapers all seeking to speak with her, something that she seems to be taking in her […]
Listening to young people is not enough…
January is a time when many of us look back at the road we have already travelled, and look toward our aspirations and hopes for the year ahead. In this piece, Ellen Maloney considers what role participation could have played in her life growing up. You can follow Ellen online via her twitter account @eatsleeplaugh. […]