What is the participation practitioners' forum? 
The participation practitioners' forum is a free monthly event for participation workers supporting young people with care and justice experience to connect with, and learn from, each other: sharing successes, reflecting on challenges, and championing examples of best practice in an informal setting. 

The forum was set up in response to restrictions on physical meetings and gatherings - as those delivering participation work across the country have had to rapidly and creatively adapt their approach, and we have been connecting with monthly Zoom calls. 

The forum has a particular focus on engaging workers that support care-experienced young people in the justice system, and on utilising digital tools to creatively support young people. 

Who facilitates the forum?
The forum is facilitated by Youth Justice Participation Worker, Ruth Kerracher, alongside Youth Just Us young people. Ruth works across both Staf and The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) on the 'Youth Justice Voices' project - a key aim of which is to improve participation opportunities for care and justice-experienced young people.

When is this next meeting of the forum?
The next meeting of the practitioner’s forum will take place via Zoom on Thursday 26th May from 10.00am – 11.30am.

What will we be discussing at the forum?

In addition to sharing participation practice, opportunities and dilemmas we will have inputs from Debbie Nolan on the Children's Care and Justice Bill and Julia Swan will be discussing a participation network for 12 - 16 year olds who have come into contact with the justice system.

Debbie works for the Scottish Government's Children’s Care and Justice Bill Team. She will share info about The Children’s Care and Justice Bill and how young people can get involved. The Consultation on Policy Proposals invites views on a range of matters including the Children’s Hearings System; the criminal justice system; secure care; cross-border placements; and the review period for the age of criminal responsibility, and is open until June 22, 2022. In this session Debbie will provide an overview of the background to the consultation, policy proposals, and the ways in which children and young people’s views are being sought.

Julia Swann is a Participation Worker at the Children and Young People's Centre for Justice (CYCJ) and will be discussing the development of a participation network aimed at 12-16 year olds who have come into contact with justice systems.  This network will provide a space for practitioners to share resources and opportunities, and for children to participate in projects that are suited to their age group.  The network is being designed around the needs of children and practitioners, so you are invited to share your own ideas about how the network might support your own organisations and the children you work with.

How do I book my place?
You can book your place by completing a booking form on our website below

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about the event, please contact Ruth Kerracher directly on [email protected] 

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