To share or not to share…
Donna McEwan tackles the issue of information sharing and consent in the context of Parts 4&5 of the Children and Young People Act 2014 (CYPA), and why this presents a challenge for practitioners working with young people… Since the Supreme Court Judgement, regarding the information sharing aspects of Parts 4&5 of the Children and Young […]
Reflections on secure care
Following the publication of CYCJ’s latest secure care report, Ellen Maloney reflects on her experiences of secure care, what’s changed and why giving young people a voice is so important in bringing about change. Twenty years ago, I entered one of Scotland’s secure units. I didn’t expect to see my 18th birthday, let alone my 35th […]
An ACE up your sleeve?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are increasingly associated with poor life outcomes. Nina Vaswani talks about what’s classed as an ACE (you might be surprised), with a focus on childhood bereavement and CYCJ research, findings from which will be published soon. What’s your ACE score? Do you know? I’m not telling you mine, but I will reveal […]
A journey through justice
Pamela Morrison talks us through CYCJ’s latest resource for young people, and why it was so important for them to be involved in the process. Following the completion of Youth & Criminal Justice in Scotland: The young person’s journey it was quickly established that the resource was not really accessible to young people. This highlighted […]
More alike than different
Debbie Nolan reflects back from a European wide seminar on how, regardless of different backgrounds, we are all responding to the same needs of young people involved in offending, and working towards the same goals. On June 6 and 7, I had the privilege of facilitating two workshops at the Confederation of European Probation International […]
Becoming ‘a nest of unfearties’
As the Children’s Parliament calls for ‘unfearties’, Claire Lightowler reflects on what it means to be brave when working to create a brighter future for Scotland’s children and young people. ‘A nest of unfearties’. Those of you who know that phrase will recall it within Edwin Morgan’s poem articulating his hopes and ambition for the Scottish Parliament […]
In the public interest?
Is there ever a good reason to disclose the identity of a young person responsible for a serious crime against another child? In the aftermath of the death of Katie Rough, CYCJ Associate David Orr considers why choosing the best course of action when confronted by such emotive scenarios is never straightforward. The circumstances surrounding the tragic […]
Taking a (short) walk in their shoes
In the third blog from our youth justice ‘tagging’ volunteers, Donna McEwan, a Practice Advisor with CYCJ, is in for a shock… I am an Electronic Monitoring Champion. This doesn’t mean I advocate tagging for all and sundry but think about how it could be better used as an alternative to secure care. So, in […]