Rights Respecting? Scotland’s approach to children in conflict with the law

This report, published in January 2020, sets out what Scotland must do to ensure its youth justice system is truly ‘rights respecting’, if it is to uphold the terms of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

It is the first of its kind to translate the UNCRC into Scottish specific actions to improve policy, practice and experience in youth justice.

Report author Dr Claire Lightowler took a year’s sabbatical to dedicate herself to exploring the complex and often emotive issues around offending by children, based on CYCJ’s belief that youth justice in Scotland requires a reconfiguration on a scale not seen since Kilbrandon. Read more.

A summary version is also available, along with a child and young person friendly version.

Download Rights Respecting? Scotland's approach to children in conflict with the law

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