Children and young people in conflict with the law: 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 Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) produces ‘Children and young people in conflict with the law: policy, practice and legislation’. This practice guide 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, students and anyone else with an interest in youth and criminal justice.

Seventeen sections cover a wide variety of themes including: children’s rights; risk management; mental health; diversity; restorative justice; adversity and trauma; and Diversion from Prosecution.

The guide is renewed every year to ensure the information we are providing is relevant, meaningful and accurate. Headline additions for 2023 include the Children’s Care and Justice Bill, currently making its way through Holyrood, and the recently published Redesign Report from the Children’s Hearings System Working Group.

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 2023. Please get in touch at if you have any queries or wish to access a specific section.

Section 1: Background, Policy and Legislation

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

Section 3: Children’s Rights, Our Responsibilities

Section 4: Participation

Section 5: Trauma and Adversity

Section 6: Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Youth Justice

Section 7: Diversity

Section 8: Mental Health

Section 9: Theory and Methods

Section 10: Early and Effective Intervention

Section 11: Diversion from Prosecution

Section 12: Restorative Justice

Section 13: Supporting Children in the Court System

Section 14: Residential Child Care

Section 15: Managing Risk of Serious Harm

Section 16: Reintegration and Transitions

Section 17: Depriving Children of their Liberty and Alternative Measures

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University of Strathclyde
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141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

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