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Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

The SCJS is a large-scale social survey which asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime. The survey is important because it provides a picture of crime in Scotland, including crimes that haven’t been reported to, or recorded by the police and captured in police recorded crime statistics. Have a look at our video on YouTube or Vimeo for an introduction to the survey, and the information that's available on this webpage.

The findings from the SCJS are used by policy makers across the public sector in Scotland to help understand the nature of crime in Scotland, target resources and monitor the impact of initiatives to target crime. Take a look at the latest key findings from the survey, or access the full report on our publications page.

Recent developments and latest news

Changes to the survey in 2016/17 and future reporting

In recent years the SCJS interviewed 12,000 adults every two years. In 2016/17 we started to interview 6,000 adults each year. Care has been taken to ensure that the survey remains broadly consistent, and that data is comparable with previous survey results. However, the changes to the survey sample size will have an impact on the data that we collect.

We have completed initial work to consider how report the findings of the survey in the future, taking into consideration the reduced sample size, user needs, prioritisation of resources and robustness of results and have recently published further information on this and held an associated consulatation and user event (on 9 August 2017). A summary of the feedback received will be published shortly.

Office for Statistics Regulation Assessment - report and action plan

In July 2017, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) published a report on their assessment of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey's compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

The report concludes that the existing National Statistics status of the SCJS statistics may continue subject to Scottish Government demonstrating to OSR that it has enhanced the value, quality and trustworthiness of the SCJS statistics by addressing the requirements set out in the assessment report.

The SCJS Project Team have since developed an action plan setting out how we intend to address each of the requirements and report back to OSR over the next few months.

SCJS Methodology

Recent Changes to the SCJS

SCJS Changes



The results of the 2014/15 survey are now published:

The SCJS 2014/15 Main Findings report was published on Tuesday 15 March, 2016.

The SCJS 2014/15 Partner Abuse report  & SCJS 2014/15 Sexual Victimisation and Stalking report was published on Tuesday 17 May, 2016.

The SCJS 2014/15 Drug Use report was published on Tuesday 28 June, 2016.