Reflections on 2023’s National Youth Justice Conference

Scotland’s progress towards having a youth justice system that is trauma-informed and rights-respecting was at the heart of last month’s National Youth Justice Conference. There is shared ownership of the goal, but how do we get there? What barriers are in place, what solutions are in progress – and what resources do those solutions require? […]

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Socially Just Justice: An Interdisciplinary Research Network

Calling academics, researchers, practitioners and policymakers with an interest in social justice for young adults in conflict with the law CYCJ, together with colleagues from the Universities of Strathclyde, Dundee and Glasgow School of Art, is establishing an interdisciplinary Research Network with funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  In this research network we intend […]

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The Victim-or-Perpetrator Dichotomy harms both those who commit crime and those who suffer it. 

It is well known that those who cause harm have often been the victims of harm themselves, but the simplistic Victim-or-Perpetrator dichotomy persists. In this piece Kibble’s Dan Johnson explores the prevalence of ACE’s within the Scottish prison population; the high levels of abuse, adversity and neglect mirror the experiences of young people who engage […]

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Reflecting on 10 Years of CYCJ

Today is the 10 year anniversary of CYCJ’s move to the University of Strathclyde!  In this piece CYCJ Director Fiona Dyer reflects on the change that we’ve helped to drive for children and young people since 2013, and picks out some of her personal highlights from years gone by.  I can’t actually believe that it’s […]

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The role of Restorative Justice for victims

This week is Victims’ Awareness Week, run by Victim Support Scotland. In this piece RJ Practice Development Advisor Pamela Morrison explores the ways in which a trauma-informed Restorative Appproach can empower those who have been caused harm, allowing them to heal and move forward.  Anyone can be affected by crime, at any point in their […]

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Leading to Change (and hope)

With increasing pressure on health, social care and social work sectors, the Scottish Government’s new Leading to Change programme is driving more compassionate and collaborative leadership, to improve wellbeing and bring hope to staff. This guest blog for the University of Strathclyde led Talking Hope project tells us more. Good leadership that role models the […]

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A flying visit to Ireland’s Secure Care Centres

CYCJ’s secure care lead Ruby Whitelaw recently visited two of Ireland’s secure care centres. Here’s what she learnt about the similarities and differences – and what both countries can learn from each other in providing a trauma-informed environment Following the innovative presentation by Professor Ursula Kilkelly at CYCJ’s National Youth Justice Conference in June, I […]

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Reimagining The Promise

We talk about Keeping The Promise – but what does this actually look like, when working with children and young people in conflict with the law? CYCJ’s Director Fiona Dyer shares why and how CYCJ has changed its approach to be part of the change demanded by the findings of the Independent Care Review. Keeping […]

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Heart and Hope in East Ayrshire

In East Ayrshire work is well underway on an approach to community involvement in planning and commissioning services, known as the Heart Model. Commissioning officer Paula Raymond spoke to the University of Strathclyde’s Talking Hope project about how Heart is building hope for communities and the council. Traditionally, at East Ayrshire we commissioned services as […]

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