Scotland’s youth justice guidance is updated for 2020

The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice has published its updated youth justice practice guidance for 2020.

‘A Guide to Youth Justice: policy, practice and legislation’ is aimed at practitioners and managers who work with children and young people who offend or who are at risk of offending. It is also useful for academics, educators and anyone else with an interest in youth and criminal justice.

Fourteen sections cover a wide variety of themes, including children’s rights; early and effective intervention; risk management; mental health; and speech and language communication needs. For 2020, three new sections have been added on diversity; restorative justice; and adversity and trauma.

In addition to sharing contextual learning, information on legislation, policies and processes, and drawing on evidence and literature to support this, each section of the guide identifies the practical applications of knowledge to practice.

The guide is renewed every year to ensure the information we are providing is relevant, meaningful and accurate. This is particularly important as the Scottish Government keeps its commitment to incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots Law by 2021, and develops its Vision and Action Plan for Youth Justice.

Access the guide and overview here.

Please get in touch at if you have any queries or wish to discuss a specific section.

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University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622

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