Problem Solving Justice: are hugs the answer?
Stewart Simpson reports back from a Problem Solving Justice event, and asks if the American approach could work in Scotland. The recent Problem Solving Justice event held at University of Strathclyde brought together those from different perspectives including local authority social work, academia, decision makers (Crown Office and SCRA) and many more to talk about alternatives […]
Putting children first
Our guest bloggers Sean Creaney and Dr Stephen Case argue the importance of participatory rights for children involved in the youth justice system. It is disconcerting that children – and their supervising officers (staff in multi-agency Youth Offending Teams/YOTs) – are finding that being involved in the criminal justice system is a disempowering and disengaging […]
Lessons from Europe: from Spain’s ‘model prison’ to Will Cornick
David Orr discusses the sentencing of Will Cornick for the murder of Ann Maguire against the context of Spain’s progressive approach to youth justice. Controversial – or common sense? Read on to decide: Over the course of the last fortnight I have been affected strongly by two very different stories relating to juvenile justice in Europe. One […]
Sugar ‘n’ Spice…or dangerously sexual?
Picture the scene: it’s the 19th century, and people are terrified of a dark threat that is lurking the streets and casting a shadow over households. That threat was not Jack the Ripper, but rather the women he stalked. Women who were seen to possess a ‘dangerous sexuality’ that they must be protected from, for […]
Trafficking: why it’s everyone’s business
Charlotte Bozic and Jill McAfee write about why working together and taking a child-centered approach is key to tackling child trafficking, following the ‘Child Trafficking: A Scottish Perspective’ conference. On October 29, the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice held a conference to raise awareness of trafficked children in Scotland and the practice issues of identification, assessment […]
Bringing a message of hope
Debbie Nolan writes about a message of hope for prisoners, following this year’s Throughcare Conference: I had the privilege of attending the ‘No Offence!’ Throughcare: getting it right conference at HMP & YOI Cornton Vale on October 22. I came to the event hopeful that this may herald a much needed and deserved focus on throughcare […]
The life and times of a PhD student
Fern Gillon, who is working with CYCJ as part of her research into diverting young people from crime, shares what it’s like to embark on a PhD in this funny and honest blog. Where to start? I have every book titled, “how to…PhD/Postgrad study” but week one and two have still been a bit of […]