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New Grounds of Referral – Children’s Hearings Scotland Act 2011

Please note that this document was produced by the Criminal Justice Social Work Development Centre, CYCJ’s former title. The grounds of referral to the Children’s Reporter are found under s67(2) of the new act. There are some similarities with the 1995 Act & 5 new grounds. The wording “close connection” is used throughout and this […]

The Whole System Approach: responding to complexity and lessons learned

The Whole System Approach for Children and Young People who offend, introduced in 2011, represented a significant shift to more clearly focus on diversion, early intervention and holistically responding to children involved in offending. Since the introduction of the Whole System Approach, there has been a significant reduction in children and young people’s contact with […]

Exploring tertiary education for people with convictions

This report presents the findings of the Study With Conviction project undertaken between July 2015 and January 2016. It considers the barriers to accessing and gaining a tertiary education when you have a criminal conviction. The project was funded by the Scottish Funding Council and the work was undertaken by Recruit with Conviction in partnership […]

Consultation response: Children’s Hearing System – Taking Stock of Reforms

This is the response from CELCIS and CYCJ to the Education and Skill’s Committee’s call for evidence on changes to the Children’s Hearing System since the introduction of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011. We highlight the progress made so far, and suggest areas for future development, including: Ensuring the child is truly at the […]

Developing Capacity & Improvement Group – Nov 16

These notes are from the Developing Capacity and Improvement Implementation Group meeting that took place on November 9, 2016. The Implementation Groups were set up as part of the Scottish Government’s Youth Justice Strategy. They are project managed by CYCJ and governed by the Youth Justice Improvement Board. They are on the themes of: Improving Life Chances; Advancing the Whole […]

Shame, an effective tool for justice?

This paper was written as part of a placement from HMP Greenock with CYCJ. It aims to explore the influence of shame within the criminal justice system, particularly its impact on those involved in offending, and the communities that they will eventually return to.

Supporting young people involved in offending up to 21 years old: Extending the Whole System Approach

The Whole System Approach (WSA) was introduced in Scotland as an effective way of working with young people aged 8-18 who are involved in offending behaviours.  Yet the problems faced by the majority of young people who are involved in offending do not simply vanish when they turn 18 and young people do not become […]

CYCJ e-bulletin, February 2017

Extending the WSA, revisiting a rock and a hard place and challenging the price of prejudice.

Universal Credits

Universal credit is currently rolling out across Scotland and is set to be the most significant change to the welfare state in years. Research by charity Unlock has indicated that at least 75% of people who leave prison will not have paid employment to go to upon release. Most will be dependent on benefits and/or other financial […]


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