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: