Shaping a brighter future for vulnerable children

CYCJ is a partner of a new institute that will help to shape a brighter future for children who face difficult circumstances in Scotland and beyond.

The Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures (known as ‘Inspiring Children’s Futures’) is a joint venture between the University of Strathclyde, CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) and CYCJ. The Institute will be a world-leader, with a collective vision of ensuring that children and young people have what they need to reach their full potential; particularly children who experience adversity.

Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director of CELCIS, is the Institute’s new Executive Director.

Inspiring Children’s Futures will bring together leading academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in this critically important field. Together, the partners will combine their own knowledge and experience with those of children and young people themselves, with the aim of securing a better future for children. This will involve embarking on research projects, running events to encourage best practice, and developing a network of colleagues to share and exchange fresh thinking and ideas.

Protecting children, providing care and support, accessing justice and creating the conditions for children’s wellbeing are global issues. Inspiring Children’s Futures will, therefore, be global in reach and will encourage collaboration and networking from colleagues in the UK and internationally. It will draw on a range of partners, including Autism Network Scotland.

“The new Institute is a significant development for both the University of Strathclyde and the sector. The partnership opens up doors for our combined work to spread wider and further and with greater impact.” Claire Lightowler, Director, CYCJ

“CELCIS and the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice are well-known for work that brings about positive change for some of the most vulnerable people in society. The new Institute will deliver closer collaboration between the centres and academics across the University, helping us to be more ambitious – and accelerate the pace of change – for young people in Scotland and overseas.”
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University

“Our drive and ambition, like that of our partners, is to make sure that every child can reach their full potential and have best possible life chances. We strongly believe the new Institute will help make this ambition a reality for many children and young people who have experienced adversity.”
Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director at CELCIS

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Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

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