While youth offending in Scotland has declined, the costs to those involved – the victim, perpetrator and society as a whole – are significant. But what do we know about young people involved in offending? Are they really either a victim or a perpetrator? What are the costs involved in stopping offending? And how can we all help to reduce the costs of youth offending?
Hosted by CYCJ as part of Engage with Strathclyde week, this event invited practitioners, researchers and young people to consider these questions.
Dr Gillian Henderson (SCRA) presented on research into backgrounds and outcomes for children aged eight to 11 years old who have been referred to the Children’s Reporter for offending, and Michael Shanks (Includem) gave an input on the needs of young people involved in offending. Joe Bryers (Action for Children) talked about the Moving On programme, which works with young people in HMYOI Polmont, whilst Scott Khalil (Sacro) discussed the costs to victims and restorative justice.
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