National Youth Justice Conference 2015
CYCJ’s Practice Development Manager Fiona Dyer describes her experience at the 2015 Youth Justice Conference, held in Dundee on 17 and 18 June. This year’s National Youth Justice Conference, entitled ‘It’s Complicated: Youth Justice and Complexity in Scotland’, was an amazingly jam-packed two days of speakers, presentations and workshops covering all aspects of the complexities […]
Reflecting on ‘Conviction: violence, culture and a shared public service agenda’ by John Carnochan
CYCJ’s Director, Claire Lightowler, reflects on ‘Conviction: violence, culture and a shared public service agenda’ in the latest Raising Youth Justice blog post, and shares her thoughts on what this book by John Carnochan can teach us about supporting change across youth justice. It’s rare for me to read a book straight through in one sitting, but as soon […]
The dangers of ignoring practitioner voices in youth justice
Our latest guest blog, written by Dr Stephen Case and Professor Kevin Haines, of Swansea University’s Criminology department, argues that the voices of practitioners are not being heard in the youth justice process – and discusses the implications this could have for the sector and the young people that it serves. Youth Justice practitioners employed […]
Young People and Communities: Inside or Out?
CYCJ’s latest recruit Claire Francis attended the CYCJ ‘Young People and Communities: Inside or Out?’ event. Here she tells us why she found it so engaging, and what it teaches us about the power of working together. Have you ever been to a CYCJ event? I hadn’t, but as a new member of the team, the ‘Young People […]
All you need is (the language of) love
Charlotte Morris attended the 2015 UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum. She shares her thoughts on two days of inspiration, emotion and meditation. An abundance of flowers, glittering chandeliers and a sweeping marble staircase …truly, the mood was ripe for love. That is, the language of love, which became the unofficial theme of the UK’s second UK […]
Youth offending and the rise of ‘Outward Bound’
While evaluating the referral stage of Youth Advantage Outreach (YAO) recently one of the images from a phone interview that stuck in my head was of a policeman falling off a badly made raft into a river while ‘young offenders’ looked on and laughed. In my imagination they are laughing with and not at this […]
How can we better support children, young people and their families who are affected by parental imprisonment?
Following Amie’s blog about what it’s like to have a brother in prison, Nicki Wray of Barnado’s Scotland considers how we can better support similarly affected families. Labour MSP Mary Fee has this month launched a consultation on her proposed Support for Children (Impact of Parental Imprisonment) Bill. The Bill seeks to increase the support […]
From survival to strength: Amie’s story
Across Scotland, 27,000 children are affected by a family member’s imprisonment. We welcome our latest ‘Living it! Children, young people and justice’ blogger Amie, who spoke at the event about her journey since her brother was imprisoned. Here, she explains why support for these children and their families is so vitally important. A week ago, […]