SCYJ priorities for youth justice

SCYJ has written a briefing outlining our priorities for a youth justice system that respects children’s rights and supports every young person out of trouble.

Our priorities include:

  • Increasing the minimum age of criminal responsibility
  • Maximising diversion and minimising contact with the criminal justice system
  • Investment in community-based, child-centred responses to children in trouble with the law
  • Reducing the number of children deprived of their liberty and the closure of all penal custodial establishments
  • Reforming childhood criminal records and anonymity law to promote reintegration
  • Ensuring courts are child-centred and promote understanding and participation

Read the full briefing here.