The Children’s and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) works towards ensuring that Scotland’s approach to children and young people in conflict with the law is rights-respecting, contributing to better outcomes for our children, young people and communities.

We produce robust internationally ground-breaking work, bringing together children and young people’s contributions, research evidence, practice wisdom and system know-how to operate as a leader for child and youth justice thinking in Scotland and beyond.

We achieve this by focusing on three key activities:

Participation & Engagement is a new strand of work, building on the Youth Justice Voices project and a range of individual projects and activities to improve children and young people’s participation.

Practice & Policy Development continues to be the main area of activity for CYCJ. For the next five year period we have made it clear that our work is about policy as well as practice (previously our work in this area was labelled practice development, though has always been about both policy and practice).

Research remains one of our priority areas of activities, with our focus on longer-term strategic research which has the potential to make a significant impact on thinking, policy and practice across Scotland and internationally.

These activities are underpinned and connected by communication and knowledge exchange work, which is focused on improving awareness of evidence in different forms, and supporting dialogue between different perspectives, types of knowledge and viewpoints.

CYCJ is primarily funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by the University of Strathclyde.

Download CYCJ’s Strategy: 2020-2025.

Download CYCJ Workplan 2018/2019.

Download CYCJ Strategy 2017-2019

Get in touch via or call 0141 444 8622. For media enquiries, please contact Charlotte Morris on 0141 444 8705 or

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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

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