The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) is introducing a Postgraduate Certificate on Children & Young People in Conflict with the Law, in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde.
Starting in January 2022, this exciting course has been newly developed by CYCJ to provide a professional postgraduate qualification for those who wish to improve outcomes for children and young people who are on the edges of, or in conflict with the law.
As a fully online, part-time course, it offers the flexibility to grow knowledge, skills and continued professional development whilst maintaining existing professional and personal commitments.
Whilst gaining a professional qualification from the University of Strathclyde, learners will gain a critical understanding of the issues surrounding children and young people in conflict with the law and will be better placed to implement changes in practice to respect children and young people’s rights and enable social justice.
Social workers and managers in children and families’ teams and youth justice teams, residential childcare providers, health care professionals and other settings across the statutory, voluntary and independent sector are amongst those who this course may appeal to. It may also be suited to those with a relevant undergraduate degree who are interested in working with children and young people in conflict with the law.
CYCJ’s Director (Interim) Fiona Dyer said:
“We are delighted to introduce this course at CYCJ. Youth justice practitioners and managers have told us they would welcome further training and support linked to their work with children and young people in conflict with the law. Scotland is at a crucial stage on its children’s rights journey with the upcoming implementation of the UNCRC; through providing further education for professionals working with children and young people, we believe a positive difference can be made for the upholding of children’s rights and improved outcomes in the future.
“There are also wider benefits for employers and organisations supporting employees in undertaking the course, which will result in forward thinking practitioners and/or managers who are able to lead changes in policy and practice.
“We hope those who complete this course will find it enhances their expertise, ability and confidence to support often vulnerable children, young people and families in moving away from offending behaviour and achieving positive outcomes for all.”
The course was designed following consultation with youth justice stakeholders across the UK.
CYCJ is hosted by the University of Strathclyde, based in the School of Social Work and Social Policy within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is primarily funded by the Scottish Government and has been in existence since 2013, with a multi-talented team of social work professionals, psychologists, researchers and knowledge exchange experts.