Recommendation 52 of the report of the Expert Panel on Sex Offending, 'Reducing the Risk: Improving the Response to Sex Offending' (the Cosgrove report), called on the Scottish Executive, Scottish Homes, local authorities and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) to develop a National Accommodation Strategy to assist the management of sex offenders in the community.
It was recommended that the Strategy should be based on the key principles articulated in the guidance issued by the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland (CIH) in April 1999.
The National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders was developed by a short-life Executive-led working group comprising representatives from the SFHA, CIH, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA), Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW), Scottish Prisons Service (SPS) and Safeguarding Communities Reducing Offending (Sacro) to ensure a comprehensive, multi-agency approach. The Strategy also drew on research commissioned by the CIH and conducted by Glasgow and Sheffield Hallam Universities. The Strategy forms part of a wider package of reforms which strengthen provisions in relation to sex offenders in Scotland. It was published in March 2007 and came into force on April 2, 2007.
The Strategy is accompanied by Practice Guidance which was funded by the Government and developed by the CIH, in consultation with the working group. This is available on the CIH website.
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