In October 2016 CYCJ published research into responses to offending behaviour in residential childcare. To support the implementation of these findings, we’re joining up with Staf to undertake a two year project which aims to:
- Improve local, multi-agency data collection regarding the numbers of looked after children being criminalised and work to reduce these numbers;
- Improve the support available locally to residential staff in decision-making and in managing the multiple tensions faced when responding to offending behaviour;
- Increase opportunities for building relationships between police and residential staff and with young people;
- Increase the availability of information to professionals and young people about the differences between, and the implications of offences dealt with via, the Children’s Hearings System and adult court.
To achieve this we are seeking 3-5 organisations or local authorities to work with to:
- Reflect on the research findings and how these apply within their organisation;
- Explore how good practice can be built upon and/or what change is required at a policy and practice level;
- To support implementation of these changes and evaluation.
This will be combined with working with a range of national organisations including Police Scotland; the Care Inspectorate; SCRA, Scottish Court System; Disclosure Scotland; and the Howard League.