Victims – know your rights

Pamela Morrison attended the Victim Support Scotland reception for Victims Awareness Week. Here she shares why knowing your rights as a victim is so important – and what’s being done to support this. In order for justice to truly be served we need to ensure that our system not only responds to those who have […]

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Children in custody – trends and patterns from 2015 to 2019

As we embark upon a new decade, Debbie Nolan looks back at four years’ worth of data for children in custody in Scotland – and what the numbers are telling us. December 2019 was a big month. The last month of the decade, the usual frantic end of year deadlines mixed in with the stream […]

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Sexuality Communication with Young People on the Autism Spectrum

Research has highlighted that adolescents and adults with high-functioning ASD have just as much capacity for sexual behaviour as those with no diagnosis of ASD. Despite this, individuals with ASD still can experience prejudicial stereotypes that they are asexual, hyper-or hypo sexual, child-like and dependent, and/or uninterested in sex. Moreover, some hold the view that […]

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Deprivation of liberty in Northern Ireland

What can we learn from other countries about how we approach deprivation of liberty? Debbie Nolan shares learning from her recent exchange visit with secure care colleagues in Northern Ireland. Since taking over the secure care practice development advisor post last year, I have been in touch with people across various countries to discuss deprivation […]

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Tackling Child Criminal Exploitation together

In November 2019, delegates and speakers from across a wide range of agencies came together for a conference that looked at child criminal exploitation and serious and organsied crime in Scotland. Donna McEwan shares the key messages and calls to action that emerged from this day. There was a theme running through every workshop and […]

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Words of wisdom from 2019

January – a month of transitions, and the perfect time to reflect back on the year that has passed. In his blog Ross Gibson does just this, focusing on the brave, honest and inspiring blogs written in 2019 for CYCJ by people with experience of the care and justice systems.   January is named after […]

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The same…but different? Reflections on ‘stepping back’

What does the workplace look like when you return to it after time away? As she resumes her role as CYCJ’s director, Claire Lightowler reflects back on her year of thinking, reading and writing about youth justice, her motivations for doing so – and what it’s taught her about the way we work. It’s been […]

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Celebrating a year of Youth Justice Voices

Ruth Kerracher looks back on the first year of Youth Justice Voices, and the incredible progress that’s been made by young people in taking this forward. It’s been a brilliant first year for Youth Justice Voices. I have really enjoyed working collaboratively with Staf and the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) to get […]

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Looking back at 2019

CYCJ’s Interim Director Fiona Dyer reflects back on 2019, and whether she kept to the resolutions she made back in January… At the start of 2019 I made some resolutions, based on the key messages that we published in February and my own goals as Interim Director for CYCJ this year. I like to think […]

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