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Victim Notification Scheme

Victim Notification Scheme

The Victim Notification Scheme for mentally disordered offenders became operational in September 2017. It is a statutory scheme. It seeks to make sure that victims of a mentally disordered offender can, if they wish, be made aware of information about that offender and have the opportunity to make representations before certain decisions are taken about that offender. The scheme is intended to improve public safety, help prevent crime and disorder, and, by bringing the rights of victims of mentally disordered offenders into line with victims of other offenders, promote victims' rights.

Guidance for victims on eligibility and how to register for this scheme is available in the following booklet; http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/09/4408/0

Guidance for Practitioners

This non-statutory guidance is for Responsible Medical Officers (RMOs) exercising statutory functions under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (as amended) (‘the mental health act’). It may also be of interest to others including Mental Health Officers, Approved Medical Practitioners, the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and those with responsibilities under the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

Privacy Notice

The Scottish Government processes personal information to enable us to promote our goods and services, to maintain our accounts and records and to support and manage our staff.  This privacy policy explains how the Victim Notification Scheme Administration Team of the Scottish Government will use any personal information collected about victims of offenders with a mental disorder when you register for the victim notification scheme.

Further Information

You can find out more about the Victim Notification Scheme from the Victim Notification Scheme Administration Team in the Scottish Government. You can e-mail them at vns@gov.scot or call them on 0131 244 3340. Alternatively, you can write to them at:

Victim Notification Scheme Administration Team
The Hub
Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division
Room 3-ER
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

You may also want to be aware of the Victim Notification Scheme within the Scottish Prison Service. You can e-mail them at vns@sps.gov.uk, call them on 0131 330 3500 or visit the website at: https://www.mygov.scot/after-the-verdict/victim-notification-schemes/, or alternatively write to them at:

Scottish Prison Service

Victim Notification Section

Calton House

5 Redheughs Rigg


EH12 9HW