SCYJ is recruiting for our first Director – apply now!

The Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ) is seeking to appoint its first Director to lead the organisation’s strategy, management and development on a day-to-day basis. We are looking for someone with energy, passion and commitment to our work. With a track record of strategic leadership and influencing in the field, you will be ambitious and keen to strengthen our role in the youth justice arena as the foremost voice for reform. Possessing expertise in policy change and organisational growth, you will expand our membership, increase our income and deepen our influence in government, parliament and beyond.

Applicants are asked to send a CV and covering letter (of no more than 500 words) outlining why they’re interested in the role and what they could bring to SCYJ. They’re also asked to provide details of two referees.

For more information please see the recruitment pack, available here. To apply please do so through CharityJob, here.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 21st October 2018. Interviews will be held on Friday 9th November in Central London.



SCYJ Written Evidence Submission – Offensive Weapons Bill (2017-19)

SCYJ has submitted written evidence to the Public Bill Committee for the Offensive Weapons Bill (2017-19). The Bill creates a number of new laws around the possession and intended use of knives and corrosive substances.

SCYJ opposes measures in the Bill that will increase the use of mandatory minimum custodial sentences for children. This includes by creating an ill-defined and loose offence for possession of corrosive substances, and by substantially lowering the conviction threshold for the offence of threatening with a knife or offensive weapon.

SCYJ opposes mandatory custodial sentences  given that they remove judicial discretion, and there is no evidence that custodial sentences deter children, nor that they are rehabilitative or necessary for public protection.

Read our full submission here.

SCYJ response to the Joint Inspectorates’ ‘Proposed changes to the joint inspections of secure training centres’ Consultation

SCYJ has responded to a consultation on proposed changes to the joint inspections of secure training centres (STCs). The inspectorates describe the rationale for the changes as ensuring that children’s experiences and progress are central to inspections, and bringing greater consistency to the way in which the experiences of children in custody are viewed by more closely aligning the inspection of STCs with inspections of other children’s services.

We welcome the principle of closer alignment put forth by the inspectorates, however we note an obvious risk with regards to distancing the inspection of Youth Offender Institutions (YOI). We generally agree with proposals to revise the judgement structure for inspections, and plans for a more robust and consistent response to an ‘inadequate’ judgement following an inspection.

Read our full response here.