Learning from the Children’s Hearing System

What can youth proceedings in England and Wales learn from the Scottish Children’s Hearings System? In our latest guest blog, staff from the Centre for Justice Innovation, a UK justice research and development charity, reflect on a recent study visit facilitated by CYCJ. In England and Wales, as in much of the Western world, the […]

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The Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility – A Real Opportunity

Debating the minimum of age responsibility isn’t just about stating the obvious. Debbie Nolan looks at the more subtle opportunities accompanying this discussion. You may have come to this blog thinking it is pretty obvious that the chance to discuss, debate, consult on, and potentially raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) is a […]

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The New York Way: Part Two

Practice Development Manager Fiona Dyer continues her New York journey, taking away some valuable lessons, including the importance of a peer-led approach, and why the Brooklyn Bridge should never be attempted in heels… Day Two of working in NYC (it’s a hard life!) resulted in several subways and cabs (even though my heels were in […]

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The New York Way: Part One

CYCJ’s Practice Development Manager, Fiona Dyer, writes about her findings and experiences from a whirlwind visit to The Big Apple to meet with youth and criminal justice practitioners and share knowledge internationally. Going to New York City for work was a pretty amazing experience. I mean, it’s not every day that you get that opportunity! So […]

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A global concern: why sharing youth justice practice is a smart move

In our latest Raising Youth Justice blog post, CYCJ Associate Stuart Allardyce reflects on shared youth justice practice, from Scotland, to Chile and beyond, and how this knowledge exchange can bring us together to tackle shared challenges. With our TV screens filled every night with heart-rending images of individuals and families displaced by the war in Syria, […]

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Criminal responsibility and buying a hamster: getting the age right

CYCJ Director, Claire Lightowler, reflects on the launch of the consultation about the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland. The Scottish Government has today launched a consultation about the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Will Scotland decide eight-year-olds are too young to be criminally responsible for their actions and that this should be increased […]

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Bringing Up Baby – how do innocent babies become young offenders?

CYCJ’s Research Fellow Nina Vaswani reflects on new motherhood and questions how it is that some babies will one day become involved in youth offending. The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that I’ve been very quiet over the past few months. I’ve been working away on an exciting new project – namely the ‘How to […]

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Supporting children of offenders: the i-HOP Quality Statements & Toolkit

Our latest guest blog post comes from the team behind Barnardo’s fantastic new resource, the i-HOP Quality Statements and Toolkit. This comprehensive, easy to use tool includes examples of innovative practice and useful action checklists for services, in order to better support the children of offenders.  Every year, an estimated 200,000 children per year in […]

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‘Spot the difference’: Sweden International Case Study

How does secure care in Sweden differ from secure care practice in Scotland, and what can we learn from our Swedish colleagues? CYCJ’s Practice Development Advisor, Carole Dearie, reports back from a two-day international case study, discussing some valuable insights gained about secure care practice for vulnerable and high risk girls in Sweden, and how this […]

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