Listening to young people is not enough…
January is a time when many of us look back at the road we have already travelled, and look toward our aspirations and hopes for the year ahead. In this piece, Ellen Maloney considers what role participation could have played in her life growing up. You can follow Ellen online via her twitter account @eatsleeplaugh. […]
The positive potential of digital skills
Anna Grant from the Carnegie UK Trust explores the impact that developing digital skills can have for many young people across the UK. “I’m proud of my film and think it’s great… I look forward to coming here, it’s not like anywhere else in Barrow, I’m allowed to do creative things instead of rotting away” […]
I believe the children are our future…
Carole Murphy discusses the national minimum wage for young people and the impact that this can have on how much our children and young people feel valued and respected. Glad to be home from a busy day at work and a long journey, I picked up the mail at the front door and headed to the […]
Using human rights and advocacy to promote quality of life in dual diagnosis populations.
Reach Advocacy Scotland is to our knowledge the only dedicated addiction and dual diagnosis (addiction & mental health illness) advocacy service in Scotland. We came in to existence a few years ago as the Lanarkshire Recovery Consortium (LaRC) on the back end of the Hope and Recovery Conference held in October 2009. Reach is the […]
To share or not to share…
Donna McEwan tackles the issue of information sharing and consent in the context of Parts 4&5 of the Children and Young People Act 2014 (CYPA), and why this presents a challenge for practitioners working with young people… Since the Supreme Court Judgement, regarding the information sharing aspects of Parts 4&5 of the Children and Young […]
What’s my age again?
When is a kid defined as a kid – and why is this inconsistent in different situations? CYCJ Associate David Orr unpicks the confusion surrounding the concept of childhood – and what this means for youth justice. In last week’s Panorama episode – When Kids Abuse Kids (BBC1, October 9, 2017) – an investigative light was […]
Reflections on secure care
Following the publication of CYCJ’s latest secure care report, Ellen Maloney reflects on her experiences of secure care, what’s changed and why giving young people a voice is so important in bringing about change. Twenty years ago, I entered one of Scotland’s secure units. I didn’t expect to see my 18th birthday, let alone my 35th […]
Joint enterprise – does the punishment fit the crime?
‘I deserved some form of punishment, yes, but I don’t deserve this.’ Dr Susie Hulley (University of Cambridge) and Dr Tara Young (University of Kent) discuss young people’s social relations and violence in the context of ‘joint enterprise’ and their new study on this. ‘I don’t regard myself as a murderer, I will never accept […]
An ACE up your sleeve?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are increasingly associated with poor life outcomes. Nina Vaswani talks about what’s classed as an ACE (you might be surprised), with a focus on childhood bereavement and CYCJ research, findings from which will be published soon. What’s your ACE score? Do you know? I’m not telling you mine, but I will reveal […]