Implementation: a collaborative approach
As part of the development of the youth justice strategy, arrangements to support youth justice at a national level were reviewed. Collaboration and partnership working has been a crucial element of success in preventing offending, in particular through the WSA, and remains integral to strategy implementation.
The YJIB was established in 2015 to drive a culture of improvement in youth justice and make a sustained impact on priority areas.
Under the YJIB there are three implementation groups, meeting quarterly in advance of each Board session. Each group's focus is based on a priority theme in the strategy.
Advancing the Whole System Approach - priorities include:
- ensuring that youth justice is integrated into children service's planning and wider community planning
- improving practice aligned with the implementation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014
- timely and effective interventions to minimise the number of children in the Criminal Justice System
- assessing and managing risk and complexity for those young people posing the greatest risk
Improving Life Chances - priorities include:
- supporting work on school inclusion
- strengthening positive relationships
- promoting victims and community confidence
- improving health and wellbeing
- promoting opportunities for all
- transitions, including supporting young people from custody and secure
Developing Capacity and Improvement - priorities include:
- supporting workforce development
- development of a youth justice framework and outcome measurement tools
- improving systems
The priorities align with work being taken forward by the Children's Hearings Improvement Partnership ( CHIP). Areas of cross over and synergy are being developed jointly in order to ensure connectivity across the responsibilities of the two groups.
A thematic approach to implementation