criminal justice

Police Research Series, Paper 94 - Child Abuse: Training Investigating Officers

An increasing media and public attention surrounding cases of child abuse start to take place. Amongst the areas of concern is the way in which such victims are dealt with by the criminal justice system. Efforts to address this issue have led to developments such as the joint investigation of child abuse by police officers and social workers, as well as the videotaping of investigative interviews with children.

Drug misuse information Scotland

This resource provides information, statistics and research on drugs misuse in Scotland. Target users are policy makers, professionals, researchers, employers and the wider community. This website supports the implementation of the Scottish Drug Misuse Information Strategy.

Restorative Justice : Blooming Good Idea Training Guide

This training tool and teaching guide introduce the basic concepts and ideas of Restorative Justice for use in all kinds of learning environments. It provides a helpful multimedia visual that will give learners a concrete and visual image to relate the theory of Restorative Justice (RJ) to. It also provides the instructor with helpful suggestions, worksheets, and explains the elements of the resource.

Crime & justice in Scotland 2006/07 : a third review of progress

Report providing an overview of crime and justice policies in Scotland and making comparisons with data from previous reviews to give an indication of how Scotland is performing.

The Bradley report : Lord Bradley's review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system

Report of the Bradley Inquiry into the extent to which offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities in England could be diverted from prison to other services and the obstacles to such diversion. The report makes recommendations on the organisation of effective court liaison and diversion arrangements and the services required to support them.

Criminal justice social work statistics, 2007-08 (Statistical bulletin, crime and justice series)

Scottish Government statistical bulletin providing information on activity relating to community penalties in Scotland garnered from local authority social work management information systems.

Measuring up?: evaluating implementation of government commitments to young witnesses in criminal proceedings

In 2004 the NSPCC and Victim Support described the experiences of 50 young witnesses in their report In Their Own Words. The report concluded that, despite a raft of policies and procedures intended to facilitate children's evidence, their experiences revealed an implementation gap between policy and delivery. This is the executive summary of a study that considers whether the implementation gap has narrowed since 2004.

A strategic vision for victims and witnesses : 2007-2012 and beyond

Document from Victim Support in Scotland setting out in detail their strategy for putting the needs of victims and witnesses at the heart of the justice system and the actions and policies they will pursue to achieve this outcome.

Do you know how supporting victims of crime is helping Scotland?

Report providing an overview of statistics and information to help demonstrate the link between crime and the achievement of Scotland's principal targets and provoke thought and discussion about the future development of services.

Vulnerable defendants in the criminal courts : a review of provision for adults and children

Report looking at the treatment of vulnerable defendants, both children and adults, in the criminal courts of England and Wales. It assesses existing provision for both groups of vulnerable defendants, identifies gaps in provision and makes recommendations to fill those gaps.