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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An Inspiring Journey to the European Forum for Restorative Justice

Pamela Morrison, a Practice Development Advisor at the CYCJ, recently attended the European Forum for Restorative Justice in Tallinn. The forum gathered over 400 delegates worldwide and offered a dynamic and inspiring platform to explore the latest in restorative justice. CYCJ’s Craig Stewart sat down with Pamela to discuss her experiences. A Memorable Experience in […]

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Scotland’s on the cusp of something very special (Part 3: implementing the Bill)

As outlined so far in our blog series, the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill will bring many changes to the way children and young people experience care and justice systems and address long running inconsistencies in the system. In Part 3, Debbie and Allan investigate some of the thorny issues facing the actual implementation of […]

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Scotland’s on the cusp of something very special (Part 2: why the Bill is needed)

In the second of our series examining the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill, CYCJ’s Debbie Nolan draws from her years in social care and social work to outline why the Bill is needed. From my professional experience in social care and social work, alongside my time seconded to the Scottish Government, I believe the […]

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Scotland’s on the cusp of something very special (Part 1: what the Bill will bring)

Scotland’s on the cusp of something very special (Part 1: what the Bill will bring) Following the Scottish Parliament’s approval of the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill on Thursday 25, April 2024, CYCJ are releasing a blog mini-series covering various aspects of the Bill and what happens next. In the first of these, CYCJ’s […]

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Challenging Justice Inequalities with children in conflict with the law

The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice’s Research Lead, Dr Nina Vaswani and co-investigators Professor Yvette Taylor (Education) and Dr Michelle Donnelly (Law) have been awarded a prestigious Nuffield Foundation research grant for the project “Challenging Justice Inequalities with Children in Conflict with the Law”.  The project will also benefit from input from Dr Robert […]

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Walk & Talk – Fife Women’s Justice Team

At Walk & Talks, run by Fife Justice Social Work, people who are subject to CPO’s meet up to discuss the challenges they’re facing. In this piece, group members and staff share an insight into the walks, what they offer to those taking part, and why they’ve become such an important part of the team’s work.  […]

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Place of Safety for Children and Young People in Conflict with the Law: Event Report

Event Overview On November 16th, 2023 the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) and Social Work Scotland hosted the second national event in a series exploring alternatives to the use of Police Custody for children in conflict with the law. The event sought to explore how the Place of Safety (PoS) model is […]

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Care experienced children and justice: The challenges of trying to disentangle systemic inequality

One of the many challenges care experienced children and young people face is that they are disproportionately more likely to come into contact with the justice system(s). Reflecting on both the ‘Sentencing of Care Experienced Young People‘ webinar and recent Court Report Refresher training CYCJ Practice Development Advisor Ross Gibson considers the scale of the […]

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Nuggets of Wisdom – Children and Young People’s Perspectives on Restorative Justice

With its roots traced back to indigenous populations from all across the globe, restorative justice, or RJ, is one of the most organic and widely used methods of moving forward from acts of harm in a way that is appropriate for both parties involved.   While our partners, Community Justice Scotland, explore what restorative justice could […]

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