Justice for children and young people - a rights-respecting approach: vision and priorities

This vision builds on the youth justice strategy which concluded in 2020. It represents a shared foundation between the Scottish Government and partners to continue to support the agenda to keep children out of the criminal justice system and promote the use of the Whole System Approach.

4. Delivery and Governance

The development of this vision and priorities document is set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 challenge. Organisations and working practices have adapted over this time, in order to meet the demands which COVID-19 has brought. This adaptation will continue as developments unfold.

Multi-Agency Partnership Working

Continuing to build on the strong partnerships which have been developed over the years will be key to delivering the priorities. Ensuring that the workforce continues to develop and that professionals are skilled, qualified and confident to provide the supports children, young people and families need.

Together we will deliver this vision for children and young people in Scotland through continued collaborative working.

Action Plan

An agreed action plan accompanies this vision to deliver the vision and priorities outlined. The action plan will be a rolling document, with flexibility built in to adapt the plan to address the drivers within the Promise and incorporation of UNCRC and other new priorities as they emerge.

Child-Friendly Version

A child-friendly version of this document will be developed by young people.

Evidence and Data

The vision and priorities are underpinned by the views and information provided by both partners and children and young people with experience of the system. We will continue to use evidence and data available and listen to the views of those directly affected, in order to inform the priorities for year two and beyond.

Youth Justice Standards

Standards for youth justice have been revised and published alongside this vision and priorities document. The standards outline minimum expectations for all strategic and operational services delivering youth justice in the community, secure care and YOI.

Governance/Collective Leadership

The Youth Justice Improvement Board (YJIB) made up of membership from Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA), Children's Hearings Scotland (CHS), Police Scotland, Scottish Prison Service (SPS), Third Sector, CYCJ, COSLA and Social Work Scotland will work together with those with lived experience to support and oversee delivery of the vision and action plan.

Groups will be identified and set up to address the priorities and deliver on the actions outlined in the accompanying action plan.

Monitoring and reporting arrangements to YJIB and to the Promise Oversight Board will be put in place.


Email: Youth.Justice@gov.scot

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