A Guide to Youth Justice in Scotland: policy, practice and legislation

Whether you are a practitioner, researcher or educator, you should be familiar with the latest policy and practice legislation in youth justice.

That’s why the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) produces ‘A Guide to Youth Justice in Scotland’. This resource is aimed at practitioners and managers who work with children and young people who offend or who are at risk of offending. It is also valuable for academics, educators and anyone else with an interest in youth and criminal justice.

‘A Guide to Youth Justice: policy, practice and legislation’ is aimed at practitioners and managers who work with children and young people who offend or who are at risk of offending. It is also useful for academics, educators and anyone else with an interest in youth and criminal justice.

Fourteen sections cover a wide variety of themes, including children’s rights; early and effective intervention; risk management; mental health; and speech and language communication needs. For 2020, three new sections have been added on diversity; restorative justice; and adversity and trauma.

The guide is renewed every year to ensure the information we are providing is relevant, meaningful and accurate. This is particularly important as the Scottish Government keeps its commitment to incorporating the UNCRC into Scots Law by 2021, and develops its Vision and Action Plan for Youth Justice.

To ensure that the information we are providing is relevant, accurate and meaningful, this guide is reviewed annually. The current revision was published in September 2020. The next revisions will be made in June 2021. Please get in touch at cycj@strath.ac.uk if you have any queries or wish to access a specific section.

WATCH: A brief intro to ‘A Guide to Youth Justice in Scotland’ – Fiona Dyer (CYCJ’s Deputy Director)

Download an overview of the guide here.

Section 1: Background, Policy and Legislation

Section 2: Youth Justice in Scotland – the roles and responsibilities of key partners

Section 3: Theory and Methods

Section 4: Early and Effective Intervention & Diversion from Prosecution

Section 5: Managing Risk of Serious Harm

Section 6: Reintegration and Transitions

Section 7: Diversity

Section 8: Residential Child Care

Section 9: Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Youth Justice

Section 10: Mental Health

Section 11: Children’s Rights, Our Responsibilities

Section 12: Supporting all under 18 years in the Court System

Section 13: Restorative Justice

Section 14: Trauma and Adversity 

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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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