IVY Project psychologist receives national award from Princess Royal

Dr Lorraine Johnstone, consultant clinical and forensic psychologist with The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice’s IVY Project, has been awarded a Butler Trust Award for her work with vulnerable young people.

The Butler Trust Annual Awards, now in their 31st year, recognise outstanding contributions by people working in UK prisons, probation and youth justice. This year’s Award Ceremony, presided over by The Princess Royal, was held today, 10 March 2016, at St James’s Palace in London.

Dr Johnstone’s award is a significant achievement, with only ten awards made this year from more than 300 nominations received.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the IVY Project is a specialist psychological and social work service which reflects a multi-disciplinary tiered approach to risk assessment, formulation and management for high risk young people (aged 12 to 18 years) who present with complex psychological needs and high risk behaviour.

Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell, said ‘This is a prestigious award which recognises the outstanding contribution of Dr Lorraine Johnstone to the Interventions for Vulnerable Youth Project. The project plays a valuable role in assessing and managing risk among children with very complex needs who present a serious risk of harm to others.’

Claire Lightowler, Director of The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice, said: “We are incredibly proud of Dr Johnstone who has been awarded a Butler Trust Award for her exceptional work in setting up the IVY (Interventions for Vulnerable Youth) Project. Lorraine has played a crucial role in highlighting the need for this essential service which was launched in September 2013 in order to support high-risk young people and their families across Scotland.”

After the Ceremony, the Princess spoke to all of the Award Winners and Commendees over afternoon tea in the Palace’s State Rooms. As part of her award win, Dr Johnstone will also be offered a place on The Butler Trust’s Development Programme, which assists award recipients to learn from and build upon their achievements.

To find out more about the IVY Project click here or email ivy-admin@cycj.org.uk.



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