Managing High Risk Champions Group


The High Risk Champions Group (HR Group) plays a role in evaluating, promoting and disseminating best practice in respect of effective interventions for children and young people who pose a high risk to others through violent behaviour and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour.

The HR Group’s remit is set within the context of the National Performance Framework and local Single Outcome Agreements. Its work primarily relates to four key National Outcomes:

  • Our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed.
  • Our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
  • We have improved life chances for children, young people and families at risk.
  • We live our lives safe from crime, disorder and danger.

The HR Group’s approach to identifying, preventing and responding to offending by young people, incorporates the key GIRFEC values and principles which recommend that practitioners in all agencies who are working with children, young people and their families facilitate a pathway for help. It recognises this is within the context of the ‘whole systems approach’ as promoted by the Scottish Government.

Role of the group

The High Risk Group links closely with the Scottish Government Care and Justice team, the CYCJ, NYJAG and the NYJDT.

The role of the HR Group in taking forward the framework on behalf of the YJSG is to:

  • Develop a broad consensus, on behalf of the strategic group of the objectives, opportunities and challenges within this theme and the overarching themes.
  • Advise the strategic group on priorities for action.
  • Ensure that an appropriate structure underpins each theme, which enables the high-level principles of the framework to be converted into action at a local level.
  • Undertake high-level engagement on behalf of the group to get input and buy-in to the framework implementation from stakeholders.
  • Identify and bring to the strategic group issues and barriers and establish which of those barriers lie outwith the remit of the group.
  • Be accountable to the strategic group for progress against priorities.


The remit of the HR Group is to identify, share and disseminate best practice and policy to work towards a shared vision across disciplines throughout Scotland. Key tasks for the group will include:

  • influencing policy and development of practice across Scotland;
  • maximising influence on planning and co-ordination of service delivery processes across Scotland in relation to services for children and young people who present significant risks to others.
  • maintaining an up-to-date data profile of children and young people who display violent behaviour and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour or where behaviour is of a persistent and serious nature and using that data to inform policy and practice;
  • auditing the need for national resources to more effectively respond to the needs of this group;
  • promoting research and evidence-based practice;
  • developing networks of practice in regional groupings;
  • strengthening links between education, research and practice;

In undertaking these tasks, the group will be expected to explore new, additional and alternative structures and processes through which effective interventions can be delivered consistently to all young people identified as presenting a risk of serious harm to others.


The High Risk Champions Group membership reflects the multi-agency partnership essential to delivery of the remit. Membership of the group and any working groups it establishes is agreed by the chair taking full account of the considered views of the agencies represented on the champions group. The group has a core membership where there will be an expectation to attend all meetings. The group will also co-opt associate members in relation to specific tasks it identifies and request evidence from experts where necessary.

Minutes and other documents

MHR Champions group minutes: September 2013

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