SCYJ Response to the MoJ ‘Secure Schools: How to Apply Guide’ Consultation

SCYJ has responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on draft ‘Secure Schools: How to Apply’’ guidance. The guide sets out the expectations of Secure Schools and the procedure that prospective Secure School providers must take.

SCYJ applauds the detail included in the draft guide and welcomes a number of elements, including the recognition of the vulnerability of children in custody and the need to develop a child-focused, individualised provision with a specialized workforce.

However, we do have some concerns, particularly with regards to the place of cost in the assessment process, and we would welcome further details on aspects not yet covered by the guide. We have made a variety of recommendations and offered practical guidance to ensure that Secure Schools will be developed with a child-focused approach.

Read our full response here.

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.