Youth justice

  1. Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2021-22 – Updated

    Statistics on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and alternative measures to prosecution issued by the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are presented for the 10 years from 2012-13 to 2021-22. The latest two years of data were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. Milestone for children’s rights

    UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Act commences. 

  3. Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : June 2024

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities area. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  4. Action Group on Processions: report

    The Action Group on Processions has made six recommendations to improve facilitation of processions for the Scottish Government, CoSLA and Police Scotland to consider.

  5. Justice for children and young people: vision and priorities 2024-26

    This vision is a continuation of the previous vision that concluded June 2024. It represents a shared foundation between the Scottish Government and partners to continue to support the agenda to keep children out of the criminal justice system and promote the use of the Whole System Approach.

  6. Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : May 2024 edition

    the report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  7. Children (Care and Justice) Bill passed

    Landmark bill passes Stage 3.

  8. Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: April 2024

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities areas. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  9. Building a New Scotland: Justice in an independent Scotland

    This paper sets out the Scottish Government's vision for justice in an independent Scotland.

  10. Marches, parades and static demonstrations: guidance

    This publication sets out the key duties and responsibilities for local authorities facilitating marches, parades and protests in Scotland. It provides guidance and highlights best practice for all key parties involved.

  11. Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : March 2024

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer community statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  12. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - concluding observations 2023: SG initial response - child-friendly version

    This report explains how the Scottish Government (SG) is responding to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s concluding observations. These were published in 2023. This document will tell you about some of the things we are doing to make things better for children and their families in Scotland

  13. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - concluding observations 2023: SG initial response

    This report sets out the Scottish Government’s (SG) initial response to the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations. It outlines the progress made in relation to children’s rights in Scotland since the publication of the Position Statement of November 2022

  14. Child protection learning and development 2024: national framework

    Framework to support multi-agency learning and development relevant to child protection in Scotland. This highlights key learning for all workforces according to the level of responsibility they have for child protection.

  15. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report February 2024 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities areas. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  16. Prostitution - challenging and deterring men's demand: strategic approach

    Sets our our collective approach, working with stakeholders across the wider public and third sector, to challenge and deter men’s demand for prostitution and support those with experience of it.

  17. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: January 2024 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities areas. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  18. Justice Social Work Statistics In Scotland: 2022-23

    This publication presents national-level information on justice social work activity in Scotland. It includes data on justice social work services and social work orders, as well as characteristics of the individuals involved.

  19. Hearings for Children report: response

    The Scottish Government's response to the Hearings for Children: The report of the Hearings System Working Group.

  20. Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

    We are committed to protecting, respecting and championing the rights of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people. This consultation on proposals for a Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill seeks the views of everyone on how we can do this.

  21. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report December 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  22. Education: National Improvement Framework and improvement plan 2024

    Sets out the vision and priorities for Scottish education that have been agreed across the system, and the national improvement activity that needs to be undertaken to help deliver those key priorities.

  23. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: November 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  24. CashBack for Communities phase 6: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) to consider the impacts on equality of the development of policy for phase 6 of the Cashback for Communities programme. The programme uses money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to fund projects for children and young people.

  25. Scotland's approach to antisocial behaviour: review findings

    This report presents findings on the perceptions of current approaches to antisocial behaviour in Scotland, based on discussions with key stakeholders including victims and frontline staff. The report will help inform future reviews on best practice for preventing and tackling antisocial behaviour.

  26. Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019: learning event 26 January 2023 - key findings

    The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (‘the Act’) places a duty on Ministers to review the operation of the Act with a view to considering a future age of criminal responsibility within three years of commencement.

  27. Homicide in Scotland 2022-23

    Statistical bulletin on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2022-2023.

  28. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : October 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  29. Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2021-22

    Statistics on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and alternative measures to prosecution issued by the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are presented for the 10 years from 2012-13 to 2021-22. The latest two years of data were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  30. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : September 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  31. Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 - child interview rights practitioners: question and answer guide

    Question and answer guide for Child Interview Rights Practitioners (ChIRPs) to provide clarity on practical and procedural matters in relation to age of criminal responsibility investitive that have been raised through feedback.

  32. National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021 - updated 2023

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  33. Cashback for Communities phase 6: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment for phase 6 of the CashBack for Communities programme.

  34. Cashback for Communities phase 6: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment for the CashBack for Communities programme.

  35. Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: data protection impact assessment

    Latest version of the data protection impact assessment (DPIA) for the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) - published in July 2023.

  36. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: June 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  37. Tackling criminal exploitation

    Safeguarding the most vulnerable.

  38. Criminal exploitation: practitioner guidance

    Guidance to support a shared understanding of criminal exploitation to help assist with early identification of those at risk from serious organised crime. This guidance also applies to criminal exploitation which is not linked to serious organised crime.

  39. New Chief Constable

    Justice Secretary Angela Constance comments as first woman appointed to role.

  40. Transforming children’s experiences of the justice system

    New test sites for ‘Bairns’ Hoose’ to be set up.

  41. Bairns' Hoose – children and young people: participation and engagement plan - easy read

    Easy read version of a plan which sets out our approach to participation and engagement, and the actions we will take to make sure that Bairns’ Hoose services best reflect the views of children and young people with lived experience of trauma.

  42. Bairns' Hoose - project plan: progress report and pathfinder delivery plan 2023 to 2025 - easy read

    Easy read version of a report which highlights the progress made towards developing a national Bairns’ Hoose model, sets out revised overarching actions for 2023 to 2025 and provides a detailed delivery plan for the Pathfinder phase.

  43. Bairns' Hoose – children and young people: participation and engagement plan

    This plan sets out our approach to participation and engagement, and the actions we will take to make sure that Bairns’ Hoose services best reflect the views of children and young people with lived experience of trauma.

  44. Bairns' Hoose - project plan: progress report and pathfinder delivery plan 2023 to 2025

    This report highlights the progress made towards developing a national Bairns’ Hoose model, sets out revised overarching actions for 2023 to 2025 and provides a detailed delivery plan for the Pathfinder phase.

  45. Violence prevention framework

    This Framework sets out our vision to prevent violence across Scotland, and when it does occur, to reduce its harm. It is supported by an evidence supplement, spotlights some cross government work and includes priority aims and an action plan, outlining the initial activities going forward.

  46. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report May 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  47. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: April 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  48. Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA)

    This impact assessment considers how the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill will affect children’s rights and wellbeing. It records the research, analysis and engagement that has taken place in respect of this and how this has informed the development of the Bill.

  49. Justice Analytical Services (JAS): Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: March 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  50. Children and young people's voices matter: progress report - March 2023

    Report on progress made on the actions agreed at the sixth annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people on 1 March 2022.

  51. Young Person's Guarantee: update report March 2023

    The report highlights progress over the 2 years of the Young Person’s Guarantee and also sets out the direction of travel going forward.

  52. Scottish local government finance - Green Book: 2023-2024

    Scottish Local Government Finance Settlement 2023-24: Funding Allocation Formula.

  53. Justice Analytical Services (JAS): Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: February 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  54. Diversion from prosecution: joint review

    A joint review of diversion from prosecution carried out by HM Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland, HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland and the Care Inspectorate

  55. Justice Social Work Statistics in Scotland: 2021-22

    This publication presents national-level information on justice social work activity in Scotland. It includes data on justice social work services and social work orders, as well as characteristics of the individuals involved.

  56. Safeguarding children in the justice system

    Bill to end under-18s being placed in young offenders institutions.

  57. Victim Surcharge Fund

    More help for victims as criminals pay towards costs.

  58. Criminal proceedings in Scotland: 2020-2021

    Statistics on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and alternative measures to prosecution issued by the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are presented for the ten years from 2011-12 to 2020-21. The latest year’s data is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  59. Victims’ consultation launches

    Putting people at the heart of the justice system.

  60. Cross-Border Placements Regulations: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Effect of Deprivation of Liberty Orders) Regulations 2022.

  61. Cross-Border Placements Regulations: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Effect of Deprivation of Liberty Orders) Regulations 2022.

  62. Cross-Border Placements Regulations: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Effect of Deprivation of Liberty Orders) Regulations 2022.

  63. Cross-Border Placements Regulations: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Effect of Deprivation of Liberty Orders) Regulations 2022

  64. Children's Social Work Statistics, Scotland 2020-21

    Children's Social Work Statistics for Scotland for 2020 to 2021, including data on children and young people looked after, on the child protection register and in secure care accommodation.

  65. New Bairns’ Hoose appointment

    Post will drive improvements for children.

  66. New vision for justice

    Victims placed at the heart of ensuring just, safe, and resilient communities.

  67. Not proven consultation opens

    Views sought on three verdict system and related reforms.

  68. Recorded crime remains at low levels

    Crimes in four key areas down in the past year.

  69. Supporting children in the justice system

    Improving services for victims and witnesses.

  70. Supporting young people

    Funding for specialist service.

  71. Working with children in conflict with the law 2021: standards

    These standards replace those published in 2012 and are intended to guide both strategic and operational services’ understanding of what is expected at each stage of a child’s journey through the justice system.

  72. What works to prevent youth violence: evidence summary

    This report draws together high-quality international evidence about what works to prevent youth violence, to inform policymakers and practitioners about the evidence base and effectiveness associated with different approaches and interventions.

  73. What works to prevent youth violence: key findings

    Summarises the findings from the What Works to Prevent Youth Violence report.

  74. Structured deferred sentences: guidance

    A high-level guide to the purpose, policy rationale and operation of structured deferred sentences in Scotland, for local authority justice social work services, youth justice services and relevant partners.

  75. Children - raising the age of referral: consultation analysis

    Independent analysis of responses to the public consultation on raising the age at which children can be referred to the Children's Reporter.

  76. Secure care: pathway and standards

    The pathway and standards set out what all children in or on the edges of secure care in Scotland should expect across the continuum of intensive supports and services. They provide a framework for ensuring the rights of children and young people are respected and improve experiences and outcomes.

  77. Secure care pathway and standards: equality impact assessment

    Equalities impact assessment (EQIA) for the secure care pathway and standards which provide all practitioners supporting children who are in or on the edge of secure care with clearer expectations that will improve practice.

  78. Secure care pathway and standards: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    A children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for the secure care pathway and standards which provide all practitioners supporting children who are in or on the edge of secure care with clearer expectations that will improve practice.

  79. Boost for Scottish youth work

    New fund to help education recovery from COVID-19.

  80. Children’s hearings

    Views sought on extending the age range of young people referred.

  81. 8 million hours of payback

    Local projects continue to gain from community sentences.

  82. Preventing harmful sexual behaviour

    Expert Group focused on children and young people.

  83. Family Justice Modernisation Strategy

    Sets out our work to improve the family justice system in Scotland.

  84. Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill passed

    Decriminalisation of primary school-aged children.

  85. Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  86. Fall in youth convictions

    Total number of court proceedings and convictions lowest in a decade.

  87. Supporting young people in custody

    Mental health expert to work with prisons inspectorate on review.

  88. Review of the Aberdeen Problem Solving Approach: report

    Review of the Aberdeen Sheriff’s Court’s Problem Solving Approach for prolific female and young male offenders.

  89. Review of the Aberdeen Problem Solving Approach: research findings

    Summary review of the Aberdeen Sheriff’s Court’s Problem Solving Approach for prolific female and young male offenders.

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