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The New Model for Community Justice in Scotland

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Title:Policy in detail: redesigning the community justice system in Scotland
Description:The Scottish Government is making improvements to the way services for offenders are planned, managed and delivered.
File:The New Model for Community Justice: An Overview [PDF, 537.2 kb: 20 Sep 2016]
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File:The New Model for Community Justice: Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 625.2 kb: 20 Sep 2016]
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Policy in detail: redesigning the community justice system in Scotland

We are making improvements to the way services for people who have offended are planned, managed and delivered.

The Scottish Government is currently working with stakeholders to develop and roll out a new model for community justice in Scotland from April 2017.

The changes follow a 2014 consultation on the detail of the future model for community justice in Scotland having noted the intention to do so when the model was first announced on 13 December 2013. This was in response to a previous consultation: “Redesigning the Community Justice system: A consultation on proposals”. That consultation had followed the publication of two reports: one by the Commission on Women Offenders and another by Audit Scotland on reducing reoffending.

Key changes include:

  • Establishing local strategic planning, delivery and accountability for community justice services;

  • Placing duties on a defined set of statutory community justice partners to engage in local strategic planning and delivery and to be accountable;

  • Creating a new body, Community Justice Scotland, to provide leadership for the sector; enhanced opportunities for innovation, learning and development; improvement support where required; and independent professional assurance to Scottish Ministers on the collective achievement of community justice outcomes across Scotland;

  • Establishing a national strategy to provide this coherent vision for community justice in Scotland to facilitate and drive improvement.  This strategy will enable stakeholders to collaboratively address priority areas through a joint approach to delivery that is both outcomes-focused and evidence-based. A steering group has been established to support this process;

  • A focus on collaboration, including the opportunity to commission, manage or deliver services nationally where appropriate.

Further information regarding the New Model for Community Justice can be found in the following documents using the links at the top of this page: 'The New Model for Community Justice: An Overview' and 'Frequently Asked Questions'.  (Please note that both documents are currently being refreshed and new versions will be uploaded shortly)