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Criminal justice social work statistics in Scotland: 2015-2016

National-level information on criminal justice social work activity in Scotland, including data on criminal justice social work services and social work orders.

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Table 17 Timescales for starting community payback order work placement: 2011‑12 to 2015-16

2011-12 2012-13 1 2013-14 1 2014-15 1 2015-16
Number
Commencements with unpaid work or other activity requirement 7,763 12,788 14,940 14,924 15,102
Time between order imposed and work placement starting
Within 7 working days 4,965 8,046 9,965 9,577 8,968
Over 7 working days - 3 weeks 1,162 1,643 1,558 1,543 1,804
Over 3 weeks - 1 month 303 467 555 613 673
Over 1 month - 2 months 309 538 588 719 759
Over 2 months 267 595 656 724 926
Not known/applicable 757 1,499 1,618 1,748 1,972
  Percentage
Commencements with unpaid work or other activity requirement 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Time between order imposed and work placement starting
Within 7 working days 70.9 71.3 74.8 72.7 68.3
Over 7 working days - 3 weeks 16.6 14.6 11.7 11.7 13.7
Over 3 weeks - 1 month 4.3 4.1 4.2 4.7 5.1
Over 1 month - 2 months 4.4 4.8 4.4 5.5 5.8
Over 2 months 3.8 5.3 4.9 5.5 7.1

Notes: Figures exclude cases where the requirement was imposed after commencement. Orders where the client did not/was unable to comply or transferred from another jurisdiction are included in the 'not known/applicable' category. These cases are not included in the percentage figures. Some local authorities were not able to provide complete unit-level information for some of the years 2012-13 to 2015-16, resulting in an increase in the number of 'not known' responses for those years and therefore limited comparability between 2011-12 and the subsequent years.

1. An error was spotted in the previously published figures for 2012-13 to 2014-15. As a result of this, figures for the categories "over 7 working days - 3 weeks", "over 3 weeks - 1 month", "over 1 month - 2 months" and "over 2 months" have been revised. There have also been smaller revisions to all figures for these years due to the receipt of updated information from some councils.

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