Preventing offending is integral to our vision of Scotland as the best place to grow up – Getting it Right for Every Child in Scotland.
The 2008 ‘Preventing Offending by Young People – Framework for Action’ document was a significant shift towards prevention and early intervention, combined with interventions to manage high risk and build community confidence.
We have seen some striking successes – with substantial reductions in offence referrals to the Children’s Reporter, numbers of young people committing crimes and offences and the number of 16 and 17 year olds in custody.
The strategy sets out priorities for 2015 to 2020 building on the progress already made.
Priority themes are: advancing the whole system approach, improving life chances and developing capacity and improvement.
Partnership working has been a crucial element of success in preventing offending and will remain integral to the delivery of this strategy.