The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) has published its updated youth justice practice guidance for 2021.
‘A Guide to Youth Justice: policy, practice and legislation’ is aimed at practitioners and managers who work with children and young people who offend or who are at risk of offending. It is also useful for academics, educators and anyone else with an interest in youth and criminal justice.
Fifteen sections cover a wide variety of themes, including children’s rights; diversity; restorative justice; adversity and trauma; risk management; mental health; and speech and language communication needs.
A new section has been added on participation for 2021, reflecting CYCJ’s increased focus in this area.
In addition to sharing contextual learning, information on legislation, policies and processes, and drawing on evidence and literature to support this, each section of the guide identifies the practical applications of knowledge to practice.
The guide is renewed every year to ensure the information we are providing is relevant, meaningful and accurate. This is particularly important in 2021 as the Scottish Government keeps its commitment to incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots Law, and launches its Vision and Action Plan for Youth Justice.