Bail supervision: national guidance

This document provides revised guidance for the operation of bail supervision setting out standards and expectations to support the consistent delivery of the service across Scotland.

4. Monitoring and evaluation

Bail supervision and support should be included, where possible, within local Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plans (CJOIPS), and, where relevant, subject to CJOIP reporting and monitoring.

Arrangements must be put in place for the collection of relevant statistical data, so that bail supervision effectiveness and efficiency can be monitored. The data to be collected should include:-

  • The number of assessments requested by the court
  • The number of assessments undertaken for bail supervision;
  • The number of bail supervision cases commenced;
  • The number of orders successfully completed;
  • The number of orders terminated following non-compliance;
  • Where the person has been remanded or receives a custodial sentence during or following the period of bail supervision, the reason for this (if known);
  • Outcomes following the period of bail supervision[28].

All of this data should be able to be broken down by gender, age and location. Additional data may be required for local management purposes, and areas may wish to measure outcomes related to health, mental health, substance use, education and employment, and so on. Services should also undertake an evaluation, drawing on evidence captured around the use of bail supervision, resourcing, outcomes, impact (including feedback from those subject to bail supervision), and how the learning from the evaluation will be incorporated into future service delivery.

Please see Annex 11 for an example of a bail supervision outcomes measure.



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