Findings are now available from CYCJ’s recent stakeholder survey, which consulted practitioners; children and young people; parents and carers; and communities (via community councils) for their views on justice and children.
Some of the key issues highlighted were:
Workforce: For the 130 practitioners that responded, a lack of resources and inadequate funding for service was the biggest issue, followed by supports for mental health or trauma-informed practices. They also identified a knowledge need for what effective practice and effective services look like.
Children and young people: Most of the 15 children who responded said they thought offending was an issue in their community, and they felt safer in their communities during the day than they did at school. The majority understood that children who get involved in offending often face adversity in their backgrounds.
Parents and carers described their experience of the justice system as ‘shocking and frightening’. Most didn’t feel they had a great understanding of the justice system, and suggested that CYCJ offers more information on training for professionals and resources for support (something our ‘Just the Right Space’ website covers).
Community council members told us the biggest issue facing their community was antisocial behaviour – along with a lack of facilities and things to do.
We’ll be acting on what you told us and using this to shape our priorities, practice and vision. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete this survey – your views are extremely important in helping us to support better outcomes for children, young people and their families.
If you have any queries about this survey, please contact email@example.com for more information.