The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) has appointed members with lived experience of the justice system to its Executive Governance Group (EGG).
Scott McMillan and Iain Corbett will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their role as members of the EGG, which provides strategic leadership to CYCJ.
The recruitment of people with experience of the youth justice system to the EGG is an ambition outlined within CYCJ’s Participation and Engagement strategy which was co-produced with young people.
Fiona Dyer, Director of CYCJ, said:
“We are seeing a move across organisations towards participation becoming embedded within practices. Although we have long included young people in our projects, events and research, we felt it was important that they were represented at an executive level – and able to have a say in shaping our policies, thinking and decisions.
“This also includes people whose work and leadership experience has seen them accumulate knowledge and learning about the youth justice system that can be shared for the benefit of those who are affected by it.
“Like all our EGG members, Scott and Iain impressed us with their obvious passion and determination to bring about change and equality in youth justice. With their help, we believe that CYCJ can push forward a rights-respecting agenda for children and young people in conflict with the law. I am delighted that they have joined EGG.”
Professor Sandy Cameron CBE, Chair of the EGG, said:
“The personal experiences which Iain and Scott bring to the EGG will assist our thinking enormously and help us to ensure that the Centre continues to keep a clear focus on work which is relevant to the lives of children and young people who find themselves in conflict with the justice system. I am delighted to welcome them to the EGG.”
The EGG offers leadership and support to CYCJ and partners in their mission to ensure youth and criminal justice practice, policy and research are informed by the best possible knowledge.
Members, who are experts in the field of children in conflict with the law, represent a wide range of organisations, community interest groups, authorities and academic institutions, including the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, SCRA, Action for Children and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drug.
The EGG helps to scrutinise and shape the direction of CYCJ through quarterly meetings and by offering suggestions and ideas as to what developments CYCJ should undertake in the future.