criminal justice

Manifesto for change

Document from Victim Support in Scotland calling on the Scottish Parliament to continue its commitment to the Scottish Strategy for Victims and its key objectives of providing emotional and practical support, information and greater participation for victims. Specific actions it calls for include establishing a Victims Fund and appointing a Victims Commissioner.

Growth and development: national overview

This is the second annual report prepared by the Chief Social Work Inspector. Completed in 2002, it includes a national overview of social work services across Scotland and short reviews of services in each of the 32 councils.

The annual report is based on analyses, carried out by a small Inspectorate team, of existing data, plans, reports and reviews. The team also visited all 32 authorities and had full discussions with senior officials.

Measurement of the extent of youth crime in Scotland

This report provides estimates of the number of crimes committed by young people in Scotland. It also provides an overview of the conceptual and practical issues involved in estimating the prevalence of youth crime, anti-social behaviour perpetrated by young people, and the fear of youth crime.

Less equal than others

As over-representation of black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in prisons and the criminal justice system (CJS) increases year-on-year, this report draws attention to understanding and addressing this disproportionality.

The report also acts as a reminder of the strength and value of voluntary and community-based organisations that challenge inequalities and provide a powerful network to address change.

Intensive help for vulnerable people: applying case management models in the justice system

Research has suggested that people with multiple legal and social problems would benefit from 'case management', a structured process aimed at co-ordinating services and support on behalf of an individual. There is a lack of evidence of effectiveness of case management models in justice settings however case management has been used in other settings and lessons can be learned.

Protecting our future: Scottish Executive’s Drugs Action Plan

Tackling drug misuse in Scotland is one of the Scottish Executive’s key priorities. The Executive has adopted Tackling Drugs in Scotland: Action in Partnership as the forward drugs strategy for Scotland.

This plan sets out how the Executive will play its part in beating drugs in terms of young people, communities and treatment.

Multi-agency protection arrangements (MAPPA) in Scotland: what do the numbers tell us?

Briefing paper that collates for the first time, statistics about multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) across Scotland. The paper begins by outlining the MAPPA arrangements in Scotland and compares information about offenders managed through MAPPA in Scotland with those in England and Wales. It then offers a detailed examination of the data available about MAPPA in Scotland.

Will the Victim Statement scheme secure greater participation for victims in the criminal justice process?

Paper describing the Victim Statement (VS) scheme which was piloted in Ayr, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock between 2003 and 2005.

The scheme aimed to allow crime victims to make a statement about the impact of the offence on their lives once a decision to prosecute had been taken.

The paper also examines the practicalities of implementing the scheme more widely.

Aiming for excellence: a White Paper - modernising social work services in Scotland

This paper sets out the government's proposals for improving the quality of social work services provided, offering better safeguards for those being cared for and strengthening professional standards. Two key proposals of this document: Creation of a new body - the Scottish Social Services Council - which will register the workforce, put in place a code of conduct and standards to support them, raise professional and training standards, and so raise service standards.

Achieving best evidence in criminal proceedings: guidance for vulnerable or intimidated witnesses, including children: volume 1

The Government is committed to improving the protection during the criminal justice process for vulnerable or intimidated witnesses, including children. This document is issued as part of ‘Action for Justice’, the implementation programme for the ‘Speaking Up for Justice’ report. Following the report, the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 set out a range of special measures to assist vulnerable or intimidated witnesses, including children to give their best evidence in criminal proceedings.