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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got something to say. We hope that you enjoy reading what […]
At what age are we responsible enough to make decisions?
On the day that Stage 3 of the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill is being debated by the Scottish Parliament, our blogger David Grimm tells us why we should go higher than 12, based on his own experiences. I was born in Edinburgh, raised between there and Glasgow and had social work involvement […]
What’s next for Next Steps?
As we celebrated the final stage of the Responding to Offending in Residential Childcare -‘Next Steps’ project, Debbie Nolan reflects back on what we’ve learnt and where we want go next with this important work. For the past two years, CYCJ and Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (Staf) have partnered on the Responding to Offending […]
Challenging perceptions of knife crime
In this guest blog, No Knives, Better Lives (NKBL) explain why they’re taking a different approach to challenging public and media attitudes towards knife crime in Scotland. NKBL is a national prevention programme in Scotland funded by the Scottish Government and run by a team in YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work. NKBL […]
The reality of being homeless
‘The most important thing you can give someone is your time.’ Social work student Michael Tolland reflects on his experiences of supporting people who are homeless, the impact on self esteem and health, and what may help. Having worked in homeless services, in both the statutory and voluntary sector for 18 years, I have a […]
I’m only human after all – reflections on professional identity and boundaries (Part 2)
In Part 1 of her guest blog for CYCJ, Angela Morgan OBE considered how personal and professional experience shaped her professional identity as a practitioner. In Part 2, she looks at how these discomforts and tensions played out for her choices in how to be a leader. On arrival as CE at Includem I immediately […]
I’m only human after all – reflections on professional identity and boundaries (Part 1)
Angela Morgan OBE, former Chief Executive at Includem, shares her reflections on professional identity and boundary setting in a leadership role, in a two part guest blog for CYCJ. Part 1: Setting the scene My first placement as a social work student was with a community social work team in north London. My patch was […]
Putting young people in the driving seat
The CYCJ and Staf Youth Justice Voices project is zooming ahead – Ruth Kerracher brings us up to speed on progress so far… The Staf/CYCJ Youth Justice Voices project got off to a good start with the first info session at Staf in Glasgow – putting young people in the driving seat in more than […]
Making school a positive place to be
Guest blogger Jade Kilkenny tells us why having a positive experience at school can make all the difference to a young person. Primary school was tough but at high school, that all changed. I went from not wanting to go to school, to it being a real positive. A number of people and things made […]
MRCs – are we still missing an opportunity?
In her latest blog on Movement Restriction Conditions (MRCs), published along with her Info Sheet, Donna McEwan shares one young person’s experience of being tagged to demonstrate the importance of understanding the full potential of MRCs. Data suggests we might be missing opportunities to use EM to its full and flexible potential as part of a wraparound support […]