This report is organised into six chapters and explores a range of issues including the approaches to risk assessment by different professional groups and the progress of validation in respect of the different risk assessment tools in use. Comment is made on risk assessment in action, who carries out risk assessments, how they are carried out and the mechanisms that are in place to ensure a consistent approach to risk assessment within organisations.
Paper highlighting the scale of the problem of runaway young people in Scotland, describing existing services in place to deal with the issue and recommending a national strategy be devised to tackle the problem more effectively.
Report identifying the extent of partner abuse in Scotland, both since the age of 16 and over a 12-month period. It assesses the nature and impact of partner abuse and explores the extent to which people or organisations were informed about the abuse, in particular contact with the police about the incident.
Report presenting the early findings from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2008/09. Included are estimates for the majority of questions contained in the survey questionnaire and some simple one-to-one relationships between survey variables.
Report describing the obstacles to court diversion schemes for offenders with mental health problems in England and Wales and arguing that early and more structured interventions by the health care and justice systems would improve care and reduce the cost of crime. It identifies examples of good practice in this area in England and Wales and points to the potential of a new model in mental health courts.
Paper investigating the challenges police forces in England and Wales face in controlling costs and balancing protective services, counter-terrorism and response policing. It offers suggestions for addressing the funding shortfall, providing neighbourhood policing and achieving a more effective and efficient service.
This report was published by the Scottish Executive Central Research Unit in 2002. It is based upon a survey conducted by Reid Howie Associates between December 2000-July 2001. It provides statistics on the number of stops and searches made by the police in Scotland during the period and classifies them by the race of the person searched. It also discusses the views of young people and the police on the employment of the stop and search tactic and its future use.
Document setting out the UK Government's approach to tackling violence against women and girls. It is an approach which moves beyond just the criminal justice system and includes roles for all relevant public sector organisations such as central government departments, local government and the voluntary sector.
This report presents the findings from a survey of over 1700 young people aged between eight and 17 years old. The survey explored young people's perceptions and opinions on gun and knife crime; the reasons why some young people carry guns and knives; solutions to the problem; perceptions of the local area, safety and relationships with authority figures; the demographic factors that drive differences between groups.
Ms A is a 67 year old woman with a learning disability who has been in the care of the local authority since she was eight years old. This investigation into Ms A’s care was initiated in September 2006, after the Mental Welfare Commission was contacted by a housing association who were concerned about her vulnerability. They said Ms A had reported being raped. When they contacted the police, they discovered that similar assaults were alleged to have taken place previously.