Prestigious award win for work with Scotland’s most vulnerable youth

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.

Dr Johnstone’s award is a significant achievement, with only ten awards made this year from more than 300 nominations received. The awards will be presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of The Butler Trust, in London on 10 March 2016.

The highly regarded Butler Trust Awards were launched by registered charity The Butler Trust in 1985 and recognise staff, volunteers and partners working in prisons, probation, and community and youth justice settings across the UK.

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.”

“Funded by the Scottish Government, the IVY project promotes best practice in forensic mental health risk assessment and management for young people who present a serious risk of harm to others. Lorraine’s dedication and commitment to developing this crucial service for Scotland’s most vulnerable young people make her an extremely worthy recipient of this award”.

Her nominator, Fiona Dyer, CYCJ’s Practice Team Manager, described Dr Johnstone’s work as “a pioneering psychological and social work project for young people aged 12-18 who present a significant risk to others.”

She said: “Lorraine works tirelessly within IVY and is committed to each individual young person. She is passionate about her work, extremely knowledgeable and writes endless papers and presentations to promote the service and this way of working. Lorraine shows such warmth and empathy to the situations of the young people, that you know she will be engaging with the family from the start. She is caring, compassionate and just a genuinely lovely person.”

As part of her award win, Dr Johnstone will be offered a place on The Butler Trust’s Development Programme, which assists award recipients to learn from and build upon their achievements.

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