Report on Up-2-Us Strength and Resilience Monitoring

Findings from CYCJ’s work with us to carry out an examination of our Strength and Resilience Monitoring (SRM) tool have been published.

Designed to address the specific needs of the young females who make up the client base of the Up-2-Us ‘Time for Change’ project, this tool was designed to help identify the unique needs of this population. CYCJ studied the use of the tool across local authorities, prison and voluntary organisations throughout Scotland.

April 17, 2017

Young Women's Steering Group

On 18.04.17 project workers, service users, Up-2-Us manager and research worker gathered to launch our steering group for young women. We spoke about moving beyond problems and contributing to organisational and community understanding of the issues that are meaningful to them. Young women highlighted the issues and topics they would like to discuss and vocalise their perspective on over the coming months, ranging from personal and relational,environmental and social, to structural and political. We look forward to updating the website with more soon!

Report on Very High Risk Girls and Young Women

Our 5 year report disseminating what we've learned so far from working with girls and young women in the community, care, secure and prison was sent out to all partners in summer 2016. 

Please click below to read the report online.

Up-2-Us in 'Offender Programs Report'

Up-2-Us Research & Policy Officer Gail Wilson wrote about 'Gender-Specific Services for Scotland's Forgotten Young Women' published in American Journal Offender Programs Report May/June 2016 issue.

Scottish Goverment Consultations on Age of Criminal Responsibility and Stop and Search Powers for Alcohol

On June 29th and 30th Up-2-Us hosted two group of young people to discuss the highlighted consultations and feedback to Scottish Government. 

Living Away From Home

In 2016, Operations Manager Sylvia Rennie and Company Secretary and Manager Olive Arens completed an 8 year review of the Accommodation Service. 

Accommodation Analysis 2015

Manager Sylvia Rennie complied an analytical report looking back on the accomplishments of the Resource Team Respite Accommodation for the year. 

Up-2-Us presents at Howard League conference in Oxford

On the 16th March 2016 our Research and Policy Officer presented Up-2-Us' views on a re-imagined welfare and criminal justice system for young women.

Scottish Government Consultation on Short Sentences

December 2015, Up-2-Us responded to Consultation on the Presumption against Short Periods of Imprisonment. 

Scottish Government Consultation on Wilful Neglect or Ill-Treatment

October 2015, Up-2-Us responded to Consultation on Legislating for an Offence of Wilful Neglect or Ill-Treatment. 

Scottish Care Leavers Consultation with Girls

In April 2015, Up-2-Us brought together a group of young women to discuss what it was like living in care, and the links between care and the Criminal Justice System. We want to envision a better system for others in the future as partners with the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant

Up-2-Us published in the 'Howard League ECAN'

In April 2015, our Research and Policy Officer wrote about young women in the Scottish Criminal Justice system. This paper was also presented at the Howard League Conference in London in March 2014. 

Up-2-Us Reports on 5 years of Supporting Young People

Resource Team Outreach Evaluation

July 2014, Natalia Roca Torrejon from the Resource Team put together an internal evaluation based on young people and parent's feedback. 

Up-2-Us Report on Mental Health

July 2014, Up-2-Us considers its approach to working with service users with mental health diagnoses and wellbeing concerns.

Summary Paper: Pulling Together for the Girls Event

On 6th October 2014, Up-2-Us held a study day to share our learning on working with high risk girls and young women. 120 professionals attended and we heard from specialists Prof. Michele Burman and Susan Batchelor from Glasgow University SCCJR, Chief Inspector Graham Goulden from the Violence Reduction Unit, and Scottish Prison Service Unit Manager Linda Kincaid along with our Manager Olive Arens, staff and young women. We had the pleasure of an introduction from then Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill and were chaired by the Children and Young Peoples Rights Commissioner Tam Baillie. 

Cost Benefit Analysis

October 2013, Mary Jarive Associates conducted a cost benefit analysis for Up-2-Us. 

Up-2-Us published in 'Scottish Justice Matters'

March 2014, our Research and Policy Officer Gail Wilson wrote about advocacy and empowerment for Scotland's high risk young women. 

Service User Feedback

August 2013, Up-2-Us completed a feedback sampling of children, young people and parents views on Up-2-Us. 

Three Year Evaluation of Time for Change

2013, Olive Arens reflected on the first three years of Time for Change. 

Evaluating Resource Team Community Outreach

August 2012, Nadine Imlah from Glasgow University conducted external evaluation of the Resource Team Community Outreach Support Service for Children and Young People. 

Pilot Evauation of Time for Change

2011, Professor Michele Burman and Susan Batchelor from Glasgow University Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research produced an indepth evaluation of TfC's pilot year in 2010. 

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