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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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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Launching the Standards in style

“Fun, enjoyment, excitement, and the sense of achievement and pride.” From rapping, gameshows and window art to ministerial support and a competition, launch events celebrating the Secure Care Pathway and Standards Scotland have rewarded and praised everyone who’s been involved in this amazing journey. Debbie Nolan reports back… It is hard to believe the much […]

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Youth work is human rights work

With the incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law happening this year, YouthLink’s Kevin Kane explains why strengthening the statutory basis of youth work is critical to delivering the UNCRC, and in helping young people to understand, promote and defend their rights. At the recent National Youth Work Conference, Bruce Adamson, the Children and Young […]

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The JukeBox – giving a voice to lockdown

Can theatre survive lockdown – and if so, what would it look like? The team at Glass Performance have more than answered this with the JukeBox, an interactive radio show created with, and for, the young men in HMPYOI Polmont. Here Jack Tully tells us how JukeBox came about, the secrets behind its success – […]

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141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

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