SCYJ submission to YOI inspection expectations consultation

SCYJ has responded to a HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) consultation on the third edition of its ‘Expectations for children’ document, aimed at locating its criteria for assessing the treatment of children and conditions in young offender institutions within the context of international human rights standards.

We believe their approach is largely very successful, and we congratulate HMIP on this. There are, however, both some gaps in the document and also some weaknesses in adopting a mainly outcome driven focus that we believe could be easily accommodated within this overall framework, and we would urge HMIP to consider doing this.

Read our full response here.


SCYJ is seeking new board members

SCYJ is looking for two/three new board members, to join our proactive and committed Board.

SCYJ currently has six board members and the board is supported by a small staff team. We have built an impressive track record as the most influential group advocating for reform of the youth justice system.

Successful candidates will have a record of significant achievement in their field, demonstrable commitment to creating a better youth justice system, excellent communication, and a track record of sound judgement and effective decision making.

We welcome applicants who are able to add to the diversity of the Board and complement our existing skills, including those with legal, academic and practice backgrounds.

The full job description is available here. Prospective board members should send a CV and covering letter to by Sunday 19th August. Interviews will be held on Friday 31st August.

SCYJ submission to consultation on domestic abuse

SCYJ has responded to the Home Office consultation, Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse.

SCYJ has concerns around the measures proposed in the consultation insofar as they impact on children (16- and 17-year-old) alleged and convicted perpetrators of domestic violence:

  • Many child perpetrators of domestic abuse and children in the criminal justice system more widely face multiple vulnerabilities, with many being victims of domestic abuse themselves, either directly or indirectly. The proposals in the document do not address this.
  • The consultation pays no attention to the fact that 16- and 17-year-olds are children and must be treated differently to adults, with specific child-focussed responses.
  • The consultation pays very little attention to how children who are victims of abuse can be better supported, even when they go on to become alleged or actual perpetrators of abuse.
  • The proposals contained in the consultation may make it more likely that children will be caught and penalised as perpetrators of domestic abuse, increasing the criminalisation of children.

You can read our full submission here.