At what age are we responsible enough to make decisions?
On the day that Stage 3 of the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill is being debated by the Scottish Parliament, our blogger David Grimm tells us why we should go higher than 12, based on his own experiences. I was born in Edinburgh, raised between there and Glasgow and had social work involvement […]
What’s next for Next Steps?
As we celebrated the final stage of the Responding to Offending in Residential Childcare -‘Next Steps’ project, Debbie Nolan reflects back on what we’ve learnt and where we want go next with this important work. For the past two years, CYCJ and Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (Staf) have partnered on the Responding to Offending […]
Putting young people in the driving seat
The CYCJ and Staf Youth Justice Voices project is zooming ahead – Ruth Kerracher brings us up to speed on progress so far… The Staf/CYCJ Youth Justice Voices project got off to a good start with the first info session at Staf in Glasgow – putting young people in the driving seat in more than […]
MRCs – are we still missing an opportunity?
In her latest blog on Movement Restriction Conditions (MRCs), published along with her Info Sheet, Donna McEwan shares one young person’s experience of being tagged to demonstrate the importance of understanding the full potential of MRCs. Data suggests we might be missing opportunities to use EM to its full and flexible potential as part of a wraparound support […]
Slipping through the nets
Marie Gibson shares her experiences of feeling ‘on the edge of services and conversations’, and urges us not to fail trauma experienced children by letting them slip through the very ‘nets’ that are there to help them. A social worker who was writing a court report about me once described me as ‘sullen, uncommunicative and […]
Just a wean in care
Our anonymous blogger talks about facing judgement as a care experienced young person, the importance of listening and why we must remember that every ‘wean in care’ is an individual case. Once you are known as a “wean in care” it never goes away. You face constant judgment from everyone – social work, the police, […]
Coming out as Care Experienced
‘Jeri’ reflects on the stigma she felt when identifying as a care experienced young person, and why speaking out changes attitudes. Coming out as Care Experienced Happily unpacking my suitcase for the first time, as I was unpacking it in my tiny little room at halls of residence in university and not into a supported […]
Our wakeup call: A disappointing increase in offence referrals
We felt the need to write this blog following the publication of the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration (SCRA) Annual Statistics, which show an increase in the number of offence referrals made for young people. Rather than use the old clichéd disclaimer about statistics, let’s say that statistics paint a picture, and it is for us […]