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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Change is in the air…

“There’s something in the air…but we’ve got to keep going.” The words of defence lawyer Iain Smith could not have been more appropriate for this year’s rights-themed National Youth Justice Conference, at which he was a speaker. Charlotte Morris looks back at an event that saw delegates and speakers unite in a powerful desire for […]

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Youth work and the future: an interview with G20

Earlier this year Street Cones teamed up with the G20 Youth Festival based in Maryhill, Glasgow to create a documentary about their work.  At CYCJ, we were so impressed with the documentary and the interviews that followed that we knew we had to hear more. We spoke with a member of the G20 about the […]

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‘Walking the walk’ – Participation and Engagement at CYCJ

Change is happening in Scotland’s care and justice systems – and increasingly, this is being driven by children and young people. As CYCJ publishes its first Participation and Engagement Strategy, Ross Gibson explains why we decided to ‘cede power to those who knows what works’ and encourages others to do the same. Over the past […]

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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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