‘Rights respecting’ report adapted for young people

Date: 25th June 2020
Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care


‘Rights Respecting’ reform to Scotland’s youth justice system has now been adapted to suit younger readers, so they can learn and understand the issues around Scotland’s youth justice system.

The report is the first of its kind to translate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scottish specific actions to improve policy, practice and experience in youth justice, based on Scotland’s commitment to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law by 2021. Young people from the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) and Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum led project - Youth Justice Voices - assisted the author of the report and CYCJ’s director, Dr Claire Lightowler. They gave useful feedback on style and content. This version is primarily aimed at readers aged 12 to 18, and it is recommended that younger readers read it with an accompanying adult.

The child-friendly version of the report is available in full or in five downloadable sections and is currently only available in a digital format. However, if demand is sufficient CYCJ will consider printing hard copies. If you think your organisation, or a child/young person you know, would benefit from having a hard copy then please contact cycj@strath.ac.uk