Launching the Standards in style

“Fun, enjoyment, excitement, and the sense of achievement and pride.” From rapping, gameshows and window art to ministerial support and a competition, launch events celebrating the Secure Care Pathway and Standards Scotland have rewarded and praised everyone who’s been involved in this amazing journey. Debbie Nolan reports back… It is hard to believe the much […]

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Youth work is human rights work

With the incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law happening this year, YouthLink’s Kevin Kane explains why strengthening the statutory basis of youth work is critical to delivering the UNCRC, and in helping young people to understand, promote and defend their rights. At the recent National Youth Work Conference, Bruce Adamson, the Children and Young […]

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The JukeBox – giving a voice to lockdown

Can theatre survive lockdown – and if so, what would it look like? The team at Glass Performance have more than answered this with the JukeBox, an interactive radio show created with, and for, the young men in HMPYOI Polmont. Here Jack Tully tells us how JukeBox came about, the secrets behind its success – […]

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Disclosure in Scotland: The journey so far

CYCJ welcomed the Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 which received Royal Assent on July 14 and the news that the changes introduced by Part 2 of the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2019 went live on November 30. Debbie Nolan reflects on the journey of change in Scotland. The Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 will – once […]

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Relationships are the starting point

As we approach the one year anniversary of the publication of Scotland’s Care Review – and three months since the Secure Care Pathway and Standards Scotland launched – Chelsey talks about the importance of building genuine and honest relationships with young people, and the difference this can make. A young person once told a colleague […]

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Watch, Act, Listen – Artivism is ready for launch

As Artivism, the collaborative art project between Youth Justice Voices, Articulate Cultural Trust and local artist Scott Lang, prepares to launch, Ruth Kerracher explains why this is such an important moment for the young people involved. This year has been challenging for Youth Justice Voices, with children and young people feeling increasingly isolated during lockdown […]

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“Not cut out for prison”: Depriving children of their childhood

On World Children’s Day 2020, Claire Lightowler (Director of CYCJ) and Bruce Adamson (Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland) have written a joint blog to raise awareness of the increasing number of children in remand in Scotland – and why we must act quickly to develop alternative provisions if we are to fulfil our international […]

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Child Criminal Exploitation – the time to act is now

With the publication of the first ever report to address Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Scotland, child criminal exploitation is on the agenda right now – but is enough being done? Fiona Dyer doesn’t think so, and is calling for Scotland to take action now to prevent further exploitation from happening.  The Home Office defines […]

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Creating change for ‘care experienced’ university students

Care Experienced Week 2020 is celebrating and connecting Scotland’s care experienced community – but are we including everyone? Sharing her own story, Marie Gibson says not enough is being done support care experienced students in higher education, and this needs to change. When I was growing up, I thought I wanted to be a social […]

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