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Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) publishes research into the impact of COVID-19

Today we have published our research report into the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people in Scotland, which shows that Scotland’s children and young people are feeling increasingly isolated in lockdown, as restrictions continue. 

‘Spend time with me: Children and young people’s experiences of COVID-19 and the justice system’ shares findings from research undertaken by CYCJ gathering the views of children and young people with experience of the justice system on COVID-19 and associated restrictions. Youth justice practitioners were also consulted, and shared practice examples as case studies. 

The biggest issues facing children and young people in the justice system are isolation and lack of contact with others. Boredom, lack of activity and being stuck at home were also reported to be significant issues in complying with restrictions. This is in spite of almost all children and young people reporting they have been able to stay in touch with family and friends, and practitioners developing creative methods to sustain contact, and continue to support children, young people and their families. 

Read more about this work. 

As part of our continued efforts to support practitioners, we are also regularly updating our review into the youth justice practice implications of COVID-19 for children in conflict with the law, and those supporting them. 

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this work in further detail, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us