Vision for Young People in Custody: Update for 2021

Together with partners, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has refreshed its co-produced ‘Vision for Young People in Custody’. This updated Vision reflects new evidence and the many factors, including the continuing reduction in the numbers of young people in custody and the incorporation of the UNCRC into Scottish law, that are changing the landscape of youth justice in Scotland.

Dr Gill Robinson, Professional Advisor for Young People’s Strategy with SPS, stated: “Refreshing the vision was important because we’ve learned more about these young people since the original document was published in 2014, including the complexity and severity of individual young people’s needs and risks. This helps us as we plan with our partners how best to meet their needs. At the heart of the refreshed vision is the importance of constructive, trusting relationships between staff and young people.”

With its central premise to help young people in custody prepare for a positive future, the Vision has guided SPS’ work at both a strategic and local level and considerable progress has been made in implementing the Vision.

Download it here.