Stories of (In)justice? Exploring young people’s stories of youth justice

This CYCJ webinar with Dr Johanne Miller (University of the West of Scotland and CYCJ Associate) on August 12 explored the tensions between the small stories told by young people with experience of the justice system in comparison with the larger narrative of policy and practice of youth justice in Scotland.

Dr Miller based her webinar on interviews and focus groups of young people from two research projects. One was with young people who have justice experience and were taking part in a structured deferred sentencing pilot and the other was with young people across Scotland who gave their opinions of the draft sentencing guidelines for young people. The data from these projects was re-analysed using Georgakopoulou’s (2005) narrative analysis short story approach.

Through sharing the words, experiences and imaginings of the young people themselves,  Dr Miller made a powerful case for change in how we deliver and present justice for children and young people.

Watch the webinar here.

View slides.

Related links

Evaluation of South Lanarkshire structured deferred sentencing for young people

A qualitative exploration of the attitudes of young people to the sentencing of young people in

Please send any questions for Dr Miller to To see details of upcoming webinars, check out our events page.

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