The Scottish Government have indicated their continuing commitment to CYCJ with funding for the 2016/17 year now confirmed. This illustrates the Scottish Government’s recognition of the important contribution our work is making to youth justice in Scotland.
Commenting on the confirmation of funding, the chair of CYCJ’s Executive Governance Group, Professor Sandy Cameron CBE, said “I am delighted that in a difficult funding climate, the Scottish Government have been able to continue to support the work of the Centre. As a result of the continued funding we will be able to progress with our work which is supporting and developing innovative practice in the youth justice field. Much of what we are delivering will ensure that Scotland is at the forefront of excellent practice for young people who find themselves caught up in the justice system. That will be to their benefit and ultimately, to the benefit of all of Scotland’s communities.”
CYCJ is primarily funded by the Scottish Government and our 2016/2017 Workplan details the work we will deliver funded by this grant. For 2016/17 our work will focus on the three themes identified in the youth justice strategy ‘Preventing Offending: Getting it Right for Children and Young People’ – Advancing the Whole System Approach; Improving Life Chances; and Developing Capacity and Improvement.
Our key activities for this year include:
- Support the three youth justice implementation groups to identify and deliver key improvements to practice.
- Run a minimum of two national professional development events; six local roadshows tailored to specific practice needs; and training on Core Skills, Asset, Safer Lives, SAVRY/START and AIM 2.
- Organise a two-day practice focused Youth Justice in Scotland conference.
- Revise and publish ‘A Guide to Youth Justice in Scotland’.
- Produce 11 Info Sheets, summarising key information for practice.
- Provide a practitioner advice service.
- Produce a range of practice resources; including a youth justice journey resource for young people and their famiiles, case studies on international practice, and a profile of young people in custody and secure care.
- Publish research reports on issues of trauma, loss and bereavement and high risk young people.
- Ensure effective communication through a monthly CYCJ e-bulletin, a regularly updated website and an active presence on social media.
The workplan has been informed by the stakeholder research exercise we undertook in 2014/15 about practice needs. We have also consulted on the plan with the Youth Justice Improvement Board, the three implementation groups tasked with progressing actions in the strategy, the National Youth Justice Advisory Group and with the Scottish Government Youth Justice team.
CYCJ provides progress reports on these activities to the Scottish Government on a quarterly basis.