Youth Justice Standards Consultation

Date: 10th December 2019
Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms


Closing date: 23rd January 2020

Scottish Government is seeking views on the Youth Justice Standards that would provide a framework for the audit of services which support children involved in offending behaviour.

The Youth Justice Standards are aimed to complement the Health and Social Care Standards which came into effect on 1 April 2018.

The standards outline the minimum expectations for all strategic and operational services delivering youth justice in the community, secure care and young offender’s institutions (YOI). The standards will influence how services are designed and delivered and will focus on the functions of youth justice rather than processes, thus offering the opportunity for flexibility to meet local needs.

These standards are recognised by the Scottish Government, National Youth Justice Advisory Group (NYJAG), Youth Justice Improvement Board (YJIB) and Justice Board and they are to be followed by those to whom they relate.

They are expected to improve the practice for those working with children and young people involved in offending and harmful behaviour in Scotland, and thereby improve the experience of those vulnerable children and young people.