Challenging perceptions of knife crime

In this guest blog, No Knives, Better Lives (NKBL) explain why they’re taking a different approach to challenging public and media attitudes towards knife crime in Scotland. NKBL is a national prevention programme in Scotland funded by the Scottish Government and run by a team in YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work. NKBL […]

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The reality of being homeless

‘The most important thing you can give someone is your time.’ Social work student Michael Tolland reflects on his experiences of supporting people who are homeless, the impact on self esteem and health, and what may help. Having worked in homeless services, in both the statutory and voluntary sector for 18 years, I have a […]

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I’m only human after all – reflections on professional identity and boundaries (Part 2)

In Part 1 of her guest blog for CYCJ, Angela Morgan OBE considered how personal and professional experience shaped her professional identity as a practitioner. In Part 2, she looks at how these discomforts and tensions played out for her choices in how to be a leader. On arrival as CE at Includem I immediately […]

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I’m only human after all – reflections on professional identity and boundaries (Part 1)

Angela Morgan OBE, former Chief Executive at Includem, shares her reflections on professional identity and boundary setting in a leadership role, in a two part guest blog for CYCJ. Part 1: Setting the scene My first placement as a social work student was with a community social work team in north London. My patch was […]

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Putting young people in the driving seat

The CYCJ and Staf Youth Justice Voices project is zooming ahead – Ruth Kerracher brings us up to speed on progress so far… The Staf/CYCJ Youth Justice Voices project got off to a good start with the first info session at Staf in Glasgow – putting young people in the driving seat in more than […]

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Making school a positive place to be

Guest blogger Jade Kilkenny tells us why having a positive experience at school can make all the difference to a young person. Primary school was tough but at high school, that all changed. I went from not wanting to go to school, to it being a real positive. A number of people and things made […]

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MRCs – are we still missing an opportunity?

In her latest blog on Movement Restriction Conditions (MRCs), published along with her Info Sheet, Donna McEwan shares one young person’s experience of being tagged to demonstrate the importance of understanding the full potential of MRCs. Data suggests we might be missing opportunities to use EM to its full and flexible potential as part of a wraparound support […]

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Slipping through the nets

Marie Gibson shares her experiences of feeling ‘on the edge of services and conversations’, and urges us not to fail trauma experienced children by letting them slip through the very ‘nets’ that are there to help them. A social worker who was writing a court report about me once described me as ‘sullen, uncommunicative and […]

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Progress in motion

Charlotte Morris attended the launch of the Polmont Youth Theatre in February 2019. Here she explains why the project is already boosting self esteem, increasing confidence and above all, giving hope to the young men of Polmont. ‘Kick back…and enjoy!’ This instruction to the audience at the launch of HMYOI Polmont’s first Youth Theatre captured […]

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