Falling through the gaps

“Never once do I remember someone saying to me ‘what’s going on for you Hannah? How do you feel?” Multiple failures by the systems meant to support her led to Hannah Snow experiencing turmoil and trauma from an early age. Here, she shares how she’s working on healing herself so that she can be in […]

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Opening up about Participation

As CYCJ launches ‘Just The Right Space’, its new accessible website that was co-produced with young people, Charlotte Morris reflects on the process of participation, and why keeping an open mind is key… Before I joined CYCJ, I was invited to attend a team meeting. Two long hours later I emerged, utterly bamboozled by the […]

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Taking a leap of faith

“Bold, brave…or just plain bonkers?” As she joins CYCJ as Practice Development Advisor for Secure Care, Ruby Whitelaw ponders new challenges, and what happens when you step outside of your comfort zone. After 25 years of working in residential childcare I was pondering my next challenge, as throughout my career I’ve pushed myself to learn, […]

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Change is in the air…

“There’s something in the air…but we’ve got to keep going.” The words of defence lawyer Iain Smith could not have been more appropriate for this year’s rights-themed National Youth Justice Conference, at which he was a speaker. Charlotte Morris looks back at an event that saw delegates and speakers unite in a powerful desire for […]

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‘Walking the walk’ – Participation and Engagement at CYCJ

Change is happening in Scotland’s care and justice systems – and increasingly, this is being driven by children and young people. As CYCJ publishes its first Participation and Engagement Strategy, Ross Gibson explains why we decided to ‘cede power to those who knows what works’ and encourages others to do the same. Over the past […]

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Celebrating an anniversary – and a new look – for Youth Just Us

Youth Just Us – the dynamic steering group behind the Youth Justice Voices participation project that is creatively influencing change in Scotland’s care and justice systems – are celebrating their two year anniversary with the launch of a new logo. Here Ruth Kerracher, who’s led the project from inception to success, tells us why she’s […]

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Co-producing a rights-respecting resource

To help understanding of how we can support children in conflict with the law to understand their legal rights following the UNCRC incorporation, CYCJ has teamed up with Staf and Youth Justice Voices to co-produce a resource with children and young people. Ross Gibson explains what’s involved – and why we need your help to […]

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Child Criminal Exploitation – the time to act is now

With the publication of the first ever report to address Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Scotland, child criminal exploitation is on the agenda right now – but is enough being done? Fiona Dyer doesn’t think so, and is calling for Scotland to take action now to prevent further exploitation from happening.  The Home Office defines […]

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Empowering young people to lead change

During August and September 2020, several members of Youth Just Us, the steering group driving the Staf/CYCJ Youth Justice Voices project, became Youth Justice Visionaries. The young people worked with Staf and CYCJ participation workers to develop online activities and a topic guide for workers – commissioned on behalf of the Scottish Government to carry […]

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