Parents and carers

If you’re the parent or carer of a child/young person who’s come into conflict with the law, or you’re concerned that they may be at risk of doing so, this section is for you.

We know that parents and carers are sometimes an overlooked element of the wider youth justice ‘response’. Yet they are often the most important support to the child, frequently the first response to problematic behaviour and, where possible, should be a key part of any care planning.

With this in mind, we have created a section that aims to provide support and advice to parents and carers. This includes resources that explain youth justice legislation and policy in more accessible terms, details of free to attend events and how to seek help via our team.

Do you have a story to share? On our blog, we feature anonymous posts from parents/carers about situations they have been involved in, discussing what worked, what didn’t and what would have helped. These can help and inspire others in similar situations.

Listed below are links to information we think will be relevant to you. We are working on expanding this and will update this page accordingly. If you would like to find out more, request a resource or think you might want to blog for us, please get in touch by calling 0141 444 8622 or emailing


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Youth and Criminal Justice in Scotland: the Young Person’s Journey

‘Youth and Criminal Justice in Scotland: the Young Person’s Journey’ and the accompanying Journey through Justice were designed by CYCJ and Iriss to help children and young people who have been charged with an offence by the police, and their families/carers, to understand what happens when you enter the criminal justice system. Find out more.

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

Our practice guidance explains the latest policy, practice and legislation in all areas of youth justice. Although primarily aimed at practitioners, it is relevant for anyone who has an interest in finding out more about youth justice. Access it here.

Information Sheets

These short summaries give an overview of a particular topic or project.

Talking about death with children and young people

Health provision for young people aged under 18 in and leaving SPS custody

Understanding the relationship between brain development and offending behaviour

Caught in the Net! Technology assisted harmful sexual behaviours

The Contributory Role of Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptomology in Offending Behaviour

Bullying behaviours: the relationship with offending, violence and exclusion

Key Messages from CYCJ – 2019

Our latest key messages document summarises findings and themes from our work over the past three years. Read it here.


Every two years, we conduct a short survey of our stakeholders to ensure that the work we do best serves the people who need it. In 2018, for the first time, this focused predominantly on the views and needs of parents and carers. Find out more and view the results.

A major focus of our work at CYCJ is on trauma, bereavement and loss experiences amongst young people who are involved in offending. To summarise some of the key messages into an accessible and easy to read format, we produced this resource aimed at young people in Polmont YOI and their families.


View more blogs via Raising Youth Justice

Autism and Offending: A Mother’s Experience

Back from the Brink

Reflections on Corporate Parenting

Links you may find helpful

Clan Childlaw

Families Outside

National Improvement Hub: Safeguarding: identify, understand and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours in young people

National Parents Forum Scotland

One Parent Families Scotland

Parent Club Scotland

Parentline Scotland

Scottish Care Leavers Covenant

Scottish Sentencing Council


Stop it Now! Scotland

The Fostering Network

Youth Justice Voices

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Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622

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