Youth Justice Improvement Board


The Youth Justice Improvement Board promotes a culture of improvement in youth justice at a national level.

It aims to make a sustained impact on priority areas, which will be kept under review.

The Board's main role is to support the delivery of the Youth Justice Strategy and, in particular, its priorities around:

  • advancing the whole system approach
  • improving children and young people's life chances
  • developing capacity and improvement

It's supported by 3 implementation groups, that are supported by the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice.


  • Nicola Dickie - Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Neil Hunter - Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA)
  • Boyd McAdam - Children's Hearings Scotland (CHS)
  • Brenda Stewart - Scottish Prison Service (SPS)
  • Gill Robinson - Scottish Prison Service (SPS)
  • Claire Lightowler - Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ)
  • Ann Kivlin - Education Scotland
  • Gary Dover - Child Health Commissioners
  • John McKenzie - Police Scotland
  • Anthony McGeehan - Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)
  • Katie Stewart - Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)
  • Paul Carberry - Action for Children
  • Angela Morgan - Includem
  • Diane Dobie - National Youth Justice Advisory Group (NYJAG)
  • Social Work Scotland (SWS)
  • Malcolm Burr - Scottish Association of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE)
  • Karyn McCluskey - Community Justice Scotland
  • Tim Barraclough - Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS)
  • Wendy Wilkinson - SG Safer Communities
  • Linda Pollock - SG Community Justice
  • Iona Colvin - SG Chief Social Work Adviser