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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Youth Justice Voices: connecting young people during COVID-19

Ruth Kerracher, Youth Justice Participation Worker for Youth Justice Voices, CYCJ and Staf’s creative participation project, shares how the group is staying involved and active during the COVID-19 UK lockdown. Care and justice experienced young people involved in Staf and CYCJ’s Youth Justice Voices project have been asked to participate in various pieces of work […]

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Don’t just throw away the key – educating incarcerated young people

In a guest blog for CYCJ, University of Gloucestershire academics Dr Adeela ahmed Shafi MBE shares an innovative approach to the education of young people who are incarcerated. Locking them up and throwing away the key is effectively what a society does when it incarcerates young people who offend, if the education offered does not […]

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Much more than attainment

Shelley Buckley talks us through the SQA’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Award, which was developed at the Good Shepherd Centre, and how this could change the way we perceive mental health. Since 2017 I have been in the privileged position to work with the Good Shepherd Centre (GSC) team and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) […]

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Turning evaluation into action

In her third and final evaluation blog trilogy, evaluator Catherine-Rose Stocks-Rankin reflects on the evaluation of CYCJ and looks forward to actions and next steps – joined by Liz Murdoch, Youth Justice Team Leader at the Scottish Government.   When the evaluation of CYCJ was first planned, the Youth Justice Team in Scottish Government, alongside […]

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Victims – know your rights

Pamela Morrison attended the Victim Support Scotland reception for Victims Awareness Week. Here she shares why knowing your rights as a victim is so important – and what’s being done to support this. In order for justice to truly be served we need to ensure that our system not only responds to those who have […]

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Children in custody – trends and patterns from 2015 to 2019

As we embark upon a new decade, Debbie Nolan looks back at four years’ worth of data for children in custody in Scotland – and what the numbers are telling us. December 2019 was a big month. The last month of the decade, the usual frantic end of year deadlines mixed in with the stream […]

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Sexuality Communication with Young People on the Autism Spectrum

Research has highlighted that adolescents and adults with high-functioning ASD have just as much capacity for sexual behaviour as those with no diagnosis of ASD. Despite this, individuals with ASD still can experience prejudicial stereotypes that they are asexual, hyper-or hypo sexual, child-like and dependent, and/or uninterested in sex. Moreover, some hold the view that […]

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Deprivation of liberty in Northern Ireland

What can we learn from other countries about how we approach deprivation of liberty? Debbie Nolan shares learning from her recent exchange visit with secure care colleagues in Norther Ireland. Since taking over the secure care practice development advisor post last year, I have been in touch with people across various countries to discuss deprivation […]

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Tackling Child Criminal Exploitation together

In November 2019, delegates and speakers from across a wide range of agencies came together for a conference that looked at child criminal exploitation and serious and organsied crime in Scotland. Donna McEwan shares the key messages and calls to action that emerged from this day. There was a theme running through every workshop and […]

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