Diversion from prosecution to social work in Scotland: a snapshot of current patterns and an examination of practice in three CJAs

This report was commissioned by the Scottish Government as a result of concerns raised by the diversion working group of the Pre-Disposal Programme Implementation Board. The numbers of cases diverted from prosecution have fallen in recent years (2006 onwards) and it was felt there was a need to investigate the issue further.

To facilitate this, the Scottish Government requested that the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) undertake a small-scale research study on the use of social work related diversion schemes by Procurators Fiscal in Scotland.

Author: 
Ben Bradford
Author: 
Sarah MacQueen
Publisher: 
Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
Published: 
2011
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