9 Driving Improvement: Planning and Reporting
The responsibility for resolving local issues rests first and foremost at the local level, respecting the accountability lines for the statutory Community Justice Partners.
The Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 puts a duty on statutory Community Justice Partners to produce a community justice outcomes improvement plan that has regard to the National Strategy for Community Justice; National Outcomes, Performance and Improvement ( OPI) Framework; and local outcomes improvement plan for that area ( LOIP). In preparing the plan, partners must consult with Community Justice Scotland and involve third sector bodies, community bodies and any others they consider appropriate.
The National Strategy sets out the evidence-based improvement actions that partners are expected to use to make progress in the four priority areas identified in the strategy. These priorities are aligned with the community justice outcomes contained in the Outcomes, Performance and Improvement Framework and the framework provides a range of indicators to help partners measure improvements.
Statutory Community Justice Partners will publish a report annually on performance and share this with Community Justice Scotland. This reporting will show how local areas are performing on key issues such as: provision of diversion; quality and quantity of community sentences; length of custodial sentences; and access to suitable, sustainable housing on release from prison. It will also help to identify which activities took place and who was involved. 
The assurance and improvement cycle
Community Justice Scotland will review all local plans, providing feedback to partners in order to share good practice and drive improvement. It will review all annual reports to provide independent professional assurance to Scottish Ministers and Local Government Leaders on the delivery of outcomes across Scotland.
The responsibility for resolving local issues rests first and foremost at the local level, respecting the accountability lines for the statutory Community Justice Partners. However, where partners find that they cannot resolve matters locally or where they believe issues persist in more than one area, they can refer to Community Justice Scotland for support.
Where the annual reports show that improvement is necessary, Community Justice Scotland will provide advice to local partners and targeted improvement support. Where performance issues persist, Community Justice Scotland may provide recommendations to Scottish Ministers on action required such as multi-agency inspections or, in exceptional circumstances, a rescue task group.
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