The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ), with support from the Scottish Transitions Forum and the SOLD Network have published a supplement to the Principles of Good Transitions 3 for children and young people who are vulnerable because they are in conflict with the law, or are at risk of being so.
By their very nature transitions can be times when relationships, routines and security are disrupted. For children and young people who are vulnerable, and have been in conflict with the law, so are at risk of being, transitions of any kind can be a stressful and risky time. A high proportion of the children and young people who come into contact with the law have speech, language and communication needs. These needs can compound the challenges of transitions.
This supplement brings together information for all those who work with these children and young people in any setting – in the community, through services, at school or in a residential setting – and combines this with words from the young people themselves.
“I want to have a full transition plan in place before I leave secure that gives me enough time to get used to the thought of moving on and that I have the right people there supporting me throughout my transitions” (Young Person – Secure Care Standards)
Dr Gill Robinson (Chair, Improving Life Chances Implementation Group, Youth Justice Improvement Board) says:
“This publication is for everyone who works with children and young people who are in conflict with the law or at risk of this. It is relevant to all settings and all organisations and services that play a part in children and young people’s lives.”