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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Staying Connected: Care-experienced children and young people with a sibling in custody

When you’re in care, being separated from a sibling can have a detrimental impact. The SCRA and Families Outside Staying Connected project has been set up to find out what it feels like when brothers and sisters are separated where one is care-experienced and one is in prison. In this blog for CYCJ, Kirsty Deacon […]

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Hope for transformation in secure care

As STARR – Scotland’s only curated space for secure care experienced people – celebrates winning a Young Scot Community Award, the group’s co-founder and chair Beth-Anne Logan reflects on how she’s using care experience to drive change and development in the care system in Scotland, in this guest blog for the Talking Hope project.` Being […]

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Grief, loss and Talking Hope

In this first guest post for the University of Strathclyde based Talking Hope project, Norrie Clark, service manager for Stepdown – a residential care service that helps to manage transitions for young people leaving secure care – discusses his findings and how they can relate to experiences of hope for both practitioners and the young […]

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Raising the participation game at St Mary’s Kenmure

St Mary’s Kenmure used CYCJ’s recent webinar with Professor Laura Lundy as an opportunity to raise awareness of participation amongst the team (and also have some fun!). Elaine Hamilton and Ian Nisbet tell us more… Within St Mary’s Kenmure (SMK), we as a Leadership team have been looking at ways in which we can progress […]

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Breaking the links between poverty and offending

‘Poverty is real and standards of living are likely to fall further.’ As Scotland’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan is launched, Maureen Roberts reflects on why it’s more important than ever to break the links between deprivation and offending behaviour. Since being seconded to CYCJ in 2021, I’ve been amazed at the breadth of consultation requests […]

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Why we’re empowering young people to take the lead

CYCJ is a partner host for the National Leadership Network, a new initiative that will empower care experienced young people to become leaders in their community.  Ross Gibson reflects on the real meaning of leadership – and why taking a collaborative approach can lead to ‘something even greater’. Leaders are everywhere; in politics, work, sport, groups, […]

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Staying safe and secure online

The impact of COVID-19 has seen many organisations adapting to the flexibility of working from home and the workplace. This brings new challenges, including the safety and security of staff, data and organisational compliance when it comes to remote online working. In this guest blog for Cyber Scotland Week, Scott Tees stresses the importance of […]

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Falling through the gaps

“Never once do I remember someone saying to me ‘what’s going on for you Hannah? How do you feel?” Multiple failures by the systems meant to support her led to Hannah Snow experiencing turmoil and trauma from an early age. Here, she shares how she’s working on healing herself so that she can be in […]

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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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University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

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