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Lornshill Holds Youth Justice Conference

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December 2017

Community Justice Planning Partnership collaborated with Lornshill Academy Modern Studies Department  to host a Youth Community Justice Conference supported by a number of ambassadors. This follows a successful mock trial which was hosted at Alloa Sheriff Court.

Lornshill pupils were responsible for chairing the event as well as promoting it on social media. Council Leader Cllr Les Sharp opened the conference and was followed by a series of short Ted Talk style presentations by the coordinator of the Community Justice Partnership, a community Police Officer, a Prison Officer and a member of the Forth Valley Recovery Community.

Community Justice is the collection of individuals, agencies and services that work together to support, manage and supervise people who have committed offences, from the point of arrest, through prosecution, community disposal or custody and alternatives to these, until they are reintegrated into the community.

Council Leader Cllr Les Sharp said: “I was very pleased to open this conference, which used  honest and challenging conversations among our young people to improve their understanding of Community Justice.  This was a great example of our schools using innovative and practical ways to bring the curriculum to life, and I was very impressed with all that the young people did to make this event a great success.” 

Curriculum Leader of Social Subjects, Richard Burrell says that "This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage with adults who have first hand experience of the Scottish criminal justice system. We were delighted to be a part of this and our students were excited to ask their questions."