Participation and Engagement

CYCJ advocates for greater levels of participation in all aspects of decision making. However, we have yet to systematically include the voice of those with recent lived experience.

We have primarily focussed on support to practitioners and policy makers. Yet becoming the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice in August 2020 required a strategic shift in how we seek out, listen to, and act on the views of those with lived experience of the justice systems.

In 2021 we published our first Participation and Engagement Strategy, co-produced with the young people of Youth Justice Voices and STARR, Scotland’s only curated space for secure care experienced children, young people and adults.

Who are we?

Ross Gibson

Ruth Kerracher

Mathew Cairney

Julia Swann

Please contact us if you know of any children and young people who may want to get involved in the work we do – or if you have ideas to share or would like to find out more.

Relevant links

Here we’ve shared links to resources, research and other participation based work that children, young people and adults with lived experience have contributed to. This includes resources aimed at children and young people, to help give them an understanding of the justice system and issues we are challenging.

Representing care experienced children & young people in police custody: A good practice guide

Use and impact of bail and remand with children in Scotland: Child friendly version

Developing participative practice (Info Sheet for practitioners)

Age of Criminal Responsibility: Children and Young People’s views

Rights Respecting? Scotland’s approach to children in conflict with the law (child friendly version)

Contact Us

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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