Understanding CCE In Scotland – Children and Young Person’s Resource
The link below takes you to an interactive webpage created on Canva by Holly Maclean based on research carried out in 2023 by Nesha Dixon for the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice, Action for Children and the Scottish Government.
CYCJ (Centre for Child and Youth Justice) were looking to find out more about Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) because in Scotland there is not enough research about this issue. This resource has been designed to make some of the key findings from this research more accessible for all audiences. Click the purple link below to jump between chapters and explore some of the key findings from this important research.
The full version of this report is also available HERE
A printable version of this young person’s resource is also available HERE.
Letter of rights - your rights when you are in a police station: guide for children and young people
This letter for children and young people held in police custody in Scotland, sets out their rights in straightforward language. This version was created in April 2023.
There is a easy read version available here - Your Rights when you are at the Police Station - Easy Read Version (soldnetwork.org.uk)
Just the right space
Whether you’re a child, young person or an adult seeking support and trying to understand how the justice system works, this is a space for you - Just The Right Space – CYCJ. Here you’ll find info and advice, the rights you’re entitled to and other people’s experiences, and places that can offer you support.
This website was created by the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) and has been co-designed with young people who have justice experience.
Creating a rights-respecting guide for children in conflict with the law
The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) has published a guide to Scotland’s Whole System Approach, aimed at supporting children to understand what their rights are and what supports are available, when they have come into conflict with the law.
This guide was created in collaboration with young people who have had contact with justice systems, and gone through the various stages of the Whole System Approach (WSA).
Working alongside Staf (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum), three young people led on the creation of ‘Whole System Approach: A guide for children and young people’.
Through the process of speaking to other children and young people who had experience of the various stages of the WSA, Marie, Dale and Jason have created an accessible resource which highlights some of the important information that they believed children and young people should be aware of when coming into contact with the justice systems.
The content explains what children and young people can expect at every stage of the process.
Information is also provided, which explains the meaning of words used.
This guide is particularly relevant as Scotland moves towards incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law.
Age of Criminal Responsibility
On 17th December 2021 the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland changed from 8 to 12 years old. You can view a short animation on the changes to age of criminal responsibility here - Age of Criminal Responsibility in Scotland - YouTube
n interactive guide through the youth justice system for children and young people
The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ), in collaboration with the Scottish Child Law Centre, has produced a new resource to support Scottish solicitors and practitioners with Good Practice Principles when representing care experienced children in police custody, to ensure their rights are upheld.