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.

SCYJ is hiring a Policy and Communications Assistant!

SCYJ is hiring a Policy and Communications Assistant to play a key role in our small policy and communications team. The role will support the work of the busy organisation with communication, research and administration duties, and have the opportunity to gain experience of policy work and parliamentary campaigning.

The purposes of the job are:

  • To be a champion of the rights and wellbeing of all children and young people involved with the youth justice system
  • To bring ideas and creative communications skills to SCYJ’s policy and communications work
  • To engage with our members and the wider sector, including children and young people themselves, to inform our work and share practice
  • To help SCYJ stay up to date with policies and practices that affect children involved with the justice system
  • To be part of the SCYJ team and collaborate with the SCYJ Board and members

We welcome applications from people who have:

  • Commitment to social justice and bringing about positive change for children and young people
  • A genuine interest and understanding of the issues affecting children involved in the youth justice system
  • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with people from a range of backgrounds and develop collaborative working relationships
  • Persuasive and creative written and visual communications skills, and experience of producing written materials for different audiences 
  • Familiar with digital media, including using social media channels and ability to produce content for website and use survey software
  • Experience in MS Office including Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Ability to explore and understand large amounts of information
  • Strong administrative, organisational, time management and prioritisation skills

Further details about the SCYJ and the role can be found in the recruitment pack, available here.

To apply, please complete the application form, available here, and send to by midnight on Sunday 8th March 2020.

You are welcome to attach a CV to your application if you wish, but this is not a requirement of the application process. Applications will not be considered without a completed application form.

We will invite successful candidates for interviews on Friday 20th March 2020 in central London. We hope the new appointee will start in early April, though we can be flexible on start date.

SCYJ and Agenda Young Women’s Justice project

SCYJ is excited to announce we have been awarded funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales to work in partnership with Agenda, the Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk, to explore transitions for girls approaching young adulthood while in contact with the criminal justice system (CJS).

The two-year ‘Young Women’s Justice’ project will engage with girls and young adult women, front-line practitioners, and other experts to:

  • build a strong and credible evidence base about the needs of girls and young women in contact with the CJS;
  • influence government policy and strategies to take account of younger women, with a focus on Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and care experienced girls and young women;
  • enable the development of effective practice through more gender and age-informed policy;
  • empower girls and young women as advocates to safely share their experiences and use their voices to make change.

Read more here.