Red Harbour hosted 'Youth Justice: A rights-based approach to getting it right' that was held yesterday. The event was held at a pivotal time for youth justice in Scotland, with the 5 year strategy coming to an end and consultations taking place to decide on next steps.
It was an excellent discussion with Claire Lightowler, Director, Children and Young People's Centre for Justice and Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive, Includem and young person Amy Foley, covering a broad range of issues that result in children entering the youth justice system.
Amy, 19 had been involved with the youth justice system since she was 14 years of age. A number of challenges, including the death of her parents, led her to alcohol and drugs. Hearing from Amy reiterated what needs to be done to see the youth justice system change. We must see the child behind the crime.
The report compiled by Claire Lightowler is an excellent resource demonstrating how the UNCRC will be incorporated into youth justice