A Guide to Youth Justice in Scotland: policy, practice and legislation

Whether you are a practitioner, researcher or educator, you should be familiar with the latest policy and practice legislation in youth justice.

That’s why the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) produces ‘A Guide to Youth Justice in Scotland’. This resource is aimed at practitioners and managers who work with children and young people who offend or who are at risk of offending. It is also valuable for academics, educators and anyone else with an interest in youth and criminal justice.

The guide is supported by the Scottish Government’s Youth Justice Strategy, which was refreshed and launched in June 2015. It also incorporates changes resulting from the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

To ensure that the information we are providing is relevant, accurate and meaningful, this guide is reviewed annually. The current revision was published in June 2018. The next revisions will be made in June 2019. Please get in touch at cycj@strath.ac.uk if you have any queries or wish to access a specific section.

Download an overview of the guide here.

Section 1: Background, Policy and Legislation

Section 2: Youth Justice in Scotland – the roles and responsibilities of key partners

Section 3: Theory and Methods

Section 4: Early and Effective Intervention & Diversion from Prosecution

Section 5: Managing Risk of Serious Harm

Section 6: Reintegration and Transitions

Section 7: Vulnerable Girls and Young Women

Section 8: Residential Child Care

Section 9: Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Youth Justice

Section 10: Mental Health

Section 11: Children’s Rights, Our Responsibilities

Section 12: Supporting all under 18 years in the Court System


Contact Us

Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622


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