Participation project to share young people’s voices

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) is collaborating with Staf to share the voices of young people with experience of both the looked after and the justice systems.

Funding was rewarded by Life Changes Trust for a three-year Participation Project that will use creative ways to enable young people to both explore and share their experiences with policymakers, managers and the Scottish Government.

Ruth Kerracher joins Staf and CYCJ as Youth Participation Officer. Ruth will split her time between the two organisations, drawing on Staf’s track record of supporting young people with lived experience and CYCJ’s connections to practice, policy and research.

Ruth will look to make connections, links and relationships with young people who have experience of the justice systems, support them to participate in decision-making fora and use what she has learned to influence the work being undertaken through Implementation Groups.

It is hoped that this project will go some way towards addressing the deficit encountered by young people who have little opportunity to shape the services that seek to support them.

Fiona Dyer, Interim Director of CYCJ, says:

“At CYCJ, we firmly believe that in order to bring about lasting and effective change, we must not only listen to young people’s experiences and views, but act on what they are telling us. The views of children and young people should always be taken into account when decisions regarding their future are being made, as stated in Article 12 of the UNCRC which protects the human rights of every child.

“We are excited about working with Ruth and Staf on this project, and look forward to seeing what we achieve together.”

For more information about this, please contact Ross Gibson (

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