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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Opening up about Participation

As CYCJ launches ‘Just The Right Space’, its new accessible website that was co-produced with young people, Charlotte Morris reflects on the process of participation, and why keeping an open mind is key… Before I joined CYCJ, I was invited to attend a team meeting. Two long hours later I emerged, utterly bamboozled by the […]

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Taking a leap of faith

“Bold, brave…or just plain bonkers?” As she joins CYCJ as Practice Development Advisor for Secure Care, Ruby Whitelaw ponders new challenges, and what happens when you step outside of your comfort zone. After 25 years of working in residential childcare I was pondering my next challenge, as throughout my career I’ve pushed myself to learn, […]

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Beneath the surface

Looking back at her teenage years, Alice (not her real name) reflects on the hurt she experienced and the missed opportunities to do things differently. I was 13 the first time the police pinned me down on the ground, handcuffed me and put me in the back of a police van. I was 14 the […]

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“Hurt people hurt people – but…”

The phrase ‘hurt people, hurt people’ is one we are familiar with – but, asks EGG’s newest member Iain Corbett, is this too simplistic a way of looking at a complex issue?  I recently posted a poem on Twitter called “hurt people, hurt people, but…” and I received a few messages about it, each of […]

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How Venture Trust is helping young people achieve their potential

Venture Trust have been making a big difference to young people in conflict with the law – or at risk of being so – through its person-centred criminal justice programmes. Mike Strang, Venture Trust’s Chief Operating Officer reflects back on what has worked, and why it’s helping change lives.  “I used to think that people […]

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This is about all of us, not some of us

As participation further embeds itself into practice, organisations are reflecting on their responsibility to compensate people with lived experience for their time and effort. In this blog, Shumela Ahmed (Resilience Learning Partnership) does just that and calls on others to engage in a conversation about how we value the expertise and labour of those with […]

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Change is in the air…

“There’s something in the air…but we’ve got to keep going.” The words of defence lawyer Iain Smith could not have been more appropriate for this year’s rights-themed National Youth Justice Conference, at which he was a speaker. Charlotte Morris looks back at an event that saw delegates and speakers unite in a powerful desire for […]

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Youth work and the future: an interview with G20

Earlier this year Street Cones teamed up with the G20 Youth Festival based in Maryhill, Glasgow to create a documentary about their work.  At CYCJ, we were so impressed with the documentary and the interviews that followed that we knew we had to hear more. We spoke with a member of the G20 about the […]

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‘Walking the walk’ – Participation and Engagement at CYCJ

Change is happening in Scotland’s care and justice systems – and increasingly, this is being driven by children and young people. As CYCJ publishes its first Participation and Engagement Strategy, Ross Gibson explains why we decided to ‘cede power to those who knows what works’ and encourages others to do the same. Over the past […]

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