New guide to service user involvement in community justice

Published in News on 11 Jul 2019

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) and University of Strathclyde have produced a practical guide to service user involvement in community justice that can contribute to service innovation, help recovery and support desistance from offending. 

It can also be used more generally in contexts requiring service user involvement, and aims to support professionals and service users in working together to shape the design, development and delivery of services.

The guide titled, Inclusive Justice: Co-producing Change is the result of a two-year action research project, commissioned by Community Justice Ayrshire and written by Dr Beth Weaver, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Strathclyde, Dr Claire Lightowler, Director of CYCJ and Kristina Moodie, CYCJ’s Research Associate. Read more.

Iriss has produced a series of case studies on user involvement in social work education, which showcase what service user and carer involvement looks like, what makes it work, and the benefits it brings. User involvement has a significant role to play in shaping the next generation of practitioners and it's great to see guidance emergence to support it.