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Youth and Criminal Justice in Scotland: the young person's journey

This is an online guide that aims to simplify how the youth and criminal justice system works for under 18s in Scotland by describing the processes, practices, law, guidance, roles and responsibilities at each stage of the young person's journey.

This resource details the journey a young person can make from an offence allegedly being committed; routes to court, court processes and sentencing; stages in the journey should a young person be remanded or sentenced to secure care or custody or sentenced to a community disposal; and post-sentence support.

By providing a condensed outline of the essential information alongside links to more detailed information this resource will be accessible to young people, their families, and professionals across disciplines and at different organisational levels.

The dominant focus of the resource is on young people who progress to court and the stages in the journey following this.

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Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice
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Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (2016) Youth and Criminal Justice in Scotland: the young person's journey. ScOPTbox Practice Learning Library. [Online]. Available from:

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