Preventing Offending: Getting it right for children and young people

In her latest blog post, CYCJ Director Claire Lightowler looks at the new Scottish Government youth justice strategy and examines how this document will influence and affect youth justice in Scotland. A new strategy was published by the Scottish Government in June 2015 to guide our collective endeavours to improve youth justice in Scotland. The […]

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Research in practice

CYCJ’s new Research Assistant, Yanna Papadodimitraki, gives us an insight into her hopes and goals for youth justice, and shares her thoughts on the potential of combining research and practice. So, here I am.  After a brief time at the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), to the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ), […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New technologies – new victims

“You can’t shut the door on online abuse” Stewart Simpson attended the Northern Community Justice Authority internet offending conference on February 4.  Here, he talks about the uncomfortable truths of online abuse, and what the experts are doing to try and tackle it. As a practitioner who wasn’t born into the digital generation, understanding the […]

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