Report details progress made since implementation of Youth Justice strategy in 2015

Date: 12th July 2017
Category: Child justice system

The Scottish Government has released its first report on progress made since the Youth Justice Strategy was published in June 2015.

The report, entitled 'Preventing Offending: Getting it right for children and Young People', details the steps the Scottish Government has taken to reduce the number of children and young people entering the youth justice system since the strategy was implemented two years ago.

It highlights key work that has been delivered in the last two years including engagement with community based planning partners, drawing on the voice and experience of young people and data to drive improvements; and the development of a framework for improving outcomes in Youth Justice to assist the workforce.

This progress report is published following a renewed commitment to the 2015 strategy in the Government's Programme for Scotland 2016-17 which also included a commitment to report on progress by June 2017.

As well as highlighting areas of progress, the report lays out what the next steps will be for continuing success in the field of youth justice. These include reflecting on evidence and data and engaging with community, partners and young people in order to help support a cohesive approach to youth justice.