It’s been another busy month for the steering group of Youth Justice Voices, our joint project with the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice. Made up of young people aged 16 to 25 who have care and justice experience, they have dropped the labels and called themselves Youth Just Us.

The group have been meeting on Monday evenings from 5-7pm in Glasgow since April 2019. It’s already been a great opportunity for the young people to exercise their participation rights as they begin to shape and lead the work of the project. The group will also be supported to develop and devise activities which will help us to capture the views of their peers.

They’re always looking for more young people to get involved – it’s a great opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities and enables them to creatively share their experiences.

Here’s what they’ve been up to in recent weeks:

As well as having fun they have also been hard at work. Planning and presenting at the National Youth Justice Conference, submitting questions to Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd on the day.

They’ve also been getting creative and envisioning what they want to achieve in the future.

And planning how they will take their actions forward too.

What’s next?
The group continue to meet on a weekly basis. They will be participating in the Independent Care Review, UNCRC incorporation consultation and sharing their views on the new Disclosure Bill.  The group are also working towards gaining a Community Achievement Award through Glasgow Kelvin College.


Get Involved
If you want to join or find out more about the project you can contact [email protected]. The next session is on Monday the 22nd of July. The project covers travel costs and young people are welcome to bring a worker.

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Youth Justice Voices: With funding from the Life Changes Trust, Staf have embarked on a new joint project, with the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice, to ensure that the voice of care and justice-experienced young people are amplified in the justice system and heard by corporate parents, policymakers, senior managers and The Scottish Government. Find out more here.