Practice Development

Our multidisciplinary practice development workstream provides support to those who need it, from advising on individual cases to service and organisational level development.

View CYCJ’s Practice & Policy Strategy (2020-2025).

Who are we?

Karen Ralston

Ross Gibson

Donna McEwan

Carole Murphy

Yvette O’Donnell

Maureen Roberts

Ruby Whitelaw 

Pamela Morrison

Karen Suszek

Gill McCallum

A guide to Youth Justice in Scotland: policy, practice and legislation

To support those who work with children and young people who offend or who are at risk of offending, CYCJ produces guidance sections to youth justice in Scotland, incorporating the latest legislation and policy changes, updated annually. This is valuable for academics, educators, practitioners and anyone else with an interest in youth and criminal justice. Download the current sections here.

To discuss how we can work with you, please get in touch at or call 0141 444 8622.

Events and training

Accessing and delivering relevant and up-to-date research and practice information to support staff development can be challenging. To support this we offer a choice of learning and development roadshows that can be tailored to your needs. Courses we regularly deliver include: CARM; START: AV; and Communication Needs and upholding Rights for Children in Conflict with the Law. We also offer roadshows to meet the local needs of practitioners based on our Practice Guide sections (see above). For a flyer outlining how we could support you and your team, click here

Alongside training and smaller events, we also deliver the National Youth Justice Conference. For reflections on #YJConf23 click here

See here for a list of our current/upcoming events and training opportunitities. 

Supporting Scotland’s Youth Justice Vision

CYCJ will be supporting the Scottish Government with the implementation of ‘Justice for children and young people: a rights respecting approach’. Published in June 2021, this builds on Scotland’s youth justice strategy which concludes in 2020. Details and information will be shared here.

The Rights Respecting Group

The Rights Respecting Group meets quarterly to discuss current practice and policy issues related to children’s rights in Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Jersey. The group considers implications of UNCRC incorporation across these jurisdiction, with members sharing experiences/evidence of challenges to incorporation and how these were (or could be) overcome.

Members of the group include: Fiona Dyer  (CYCJ – Scotland); Nina Vaswani (CYCJ – Scotland);  Tim Bateman (Bedford University – England); Ursula Kilkelly (University College Cork – Ireland); Deena Haydon (Independent researcher – Northern Ireland); Anthony Charles (Swansea University – Wales).

Observers of the group include: Bruce Adamson (Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland); Maria Galli (Legal Officer – Children’s Commissioner Jersey).


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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