Who We Work With

We work in partnership with statutory and voluntary sector service providers, and with central government, to identify, promote, develop and disseminate good practice and management – all based on the best available evidence.

National Youth Justice Advisory Group

The National Youth Justice Advisory Group (NYJAG) provides policy and strategic direction to support youth justice practice.

Members are involved in and contribute to various strands of policy development in relation to children and young people who offend.

The Group is committed to practice and skills development and works closely with the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice and the Scottish Government. This includes the provision of regular and networking events for practitioners, and the organisation of an annual National Youth Justice Practitioner Conference.

NYJAG is open to representation from all 32 Local Authorities, SCRA, ACPOS, Community Justice Authorities and representatives from the Third Sector.

To find out more about NYJAG, please email cycj@strath.ac.uk.

Champions Groups

Youth Justice Champions Groups

The Champions Groups, supported by CYCJ, were created when the Scottish Government updated the Preventing Offending by Young People – A Framework for Action, launched in 2008 to reflect a new approach to people who offend/are at risk of offending. This framework now incorporates the Whole System Approach, which put into place streamlined and consistent planning, assessment and decision-making processes for all young people under 18 who offend, ensuring they receive the right help at the right time.

The Whole System Approach suggests that many young people could and should be diverted from statutory measures, prosecution and custody through early intervention and robust community alternatives. To achieve this approach, a number of areas were identified as priorities. In ensuring that these themes of the Framework for Action were taken forward strategically it was agreed that Champions Groups driven by a lead partner would be established. These focus on:

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