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The register demonstrates Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority’s commitment to effective joint working with partners and stakeholders across Lothian and Borders. The register will continue to evolve, based on feedback from our partners and stakeholders and will inform policy discussions at the Community Justice Authority Board.
The register will be supplemented by Lothian & Borders CJA’s Learning and Innovation Programme - a series of thematic workshops that focus on the key themes that matter to our stakeholders - these workshops are open to staff from agencies in Lothian and Borders.
What is it?
The register is a tool for capturing the key messages from policy and research documents and, where possible, an electronic link is provided for partners. The register does not provide policy advice - it will be for our partner organisations and agencies themselves to develop their own policy responses.  The register will be updated regularly.
How should I use the register?
It will be for individual members, partners and stakeholders to decide for themselves how to use the register. We would encourage partners and stakeholders to:
1. Use the register as a tool for updating local and other networks of the latest developments;
2. Read and share an understanding of what each report or document means for them; and
3. Feed back to LBCJA on how the register can be improved, in terms of format, coverage or both.
Who should I contact?
If you have any feedback on the register, please feel free to email Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority on the following address cjal&[email protected]. We will give all suggestions our full attention, make changes as appropriate and feed these back to you.
If you have questions about specific pieces of policy or research then we would encourage you to contact the authors or sponsor organisations direct.
Please scroll down or use the search facility for policy and research articles


Lothian & Borders CJA has produced a protocol to help young people leaving HM YOI Polmont.

Two evauations of the protocol have been completed.

First year evaluation

Two year evaluation

The Scottish Court and Tribunal Service have published their business plan for 2016/17.

A number of significant practical developments are set out in more detail in the plan, including:


  • the continuation of the civil court reform programme, with the planned introduction of simple procedure;
  • introduction of the a new civil case management system, which will facilitate the introduction of online case submission;
  • the introduction of summary sheriffs and further reforms to the operation of solemn court business; and
  • the prospect of further significant changes to the organisation arising from the devolution of reserved tribunals and development of the recommendations proposed in the evidence and procedure review.
Scottish Government have published their first newsletter relating to the new model for community justice.
Families Outside held their national conference in December 2015.  They have now produced a report from the conference.

The Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 received royal assent on 21st March 2016.

Please see the attached document for Scottsih Government guidance on New Psychoactive Substances.

Fairer Scotland discussions and events took place last year.  

Attached is the summary document – The Discussion So Far

There is also a video by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights at

In the meantime you can continue to keep up to date with Fairer Scotland by visiting their website, Facebook page or by tweeting @scotgovfairer/#fairerscotland

Scottish Government have opened a consultation on the draft guidance and regulation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
Scottish Government have produced a review of Scottish Police priorities.  A covering letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice can be found here.
the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has been leading further work on the issues raised by its Evidence and Procedure Review Report, which was published in March 2015 and which looked at the potential to learn lessons from other jurisdictions in respect of the use of technology to support an improved criminal justice system and the way in which evidence from children and vulnerable witnesses is taken.  The SCTS has now prepared a follow-up Report, entitled Evidence and Procedure Review – Next Steps.
Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority held a workshop on 18th FEburary 2016 which discussed the us of Electronic Monitoring.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland has published a Report of a full inspection of HMP & YOI  Cornton Vale undertaken between 28 September and 7 October 2015.
The Centre for Youth and Crminal Justice has published a report which refers to the young people appearing in adult courts in Scotland, looking at government policies, legislation and practices, before making recommendations for a legislative and policy change.

Attached is a Justice Circular for the Justice of the Peace (Special Measures) Order 2015 and the Victims’ Rights (Scotland) Regulations 2015.


The Care Inspectorate and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland have published the report of a Joint Thematic Review of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

Families Outside have published their Annual Report for 2015.
Scottish Government have published a report on Stage 1 of the Community Justice (Scotland) Bill.
Shine PSP have published their latest newsletter detailing their win at the Herald Society Awards 2015.
Scottish Prison Service have published their report of the international symposium to consider the future direction of custody for women in Scotland.  The presentation for the event are also available here
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland has published his Annual Report for 2014-15.

More than 700,000 women and girls are in prison around the world, new report published by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research shows.

Recruit with Conviction have prepared a practical statement in response to the emergency order announcement from the Scottish Government on 10th September 2015

Families Outside have published three reports detailing the work of their family support services.  They can be found below.

Direct Family Support - A year in supporting families

Helpline Support - Reflections on our year

Visitors' Centre HMP Addiewell

The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) has been a key partner in developing this strategy and will support implementation with partners.

 Partnership working has been a crucial element of success in preventing offending and will remain integral to the delivery of this strategy. Leadership and sustained commitment from all partners will help achieve the SG vision for children and young people.

Priority themes for 2015 to 2020 are:

·        Advancing the Whole System Approach

·        Improving Life Chances

·        Developing Capacity and Improvement

 A Youth Justice Improvement Board will be established which will comprise 10-15

members, plus associate members as required based on the focus of the work programme and agenda of meetings.

Working groups will be set up as agreed by the Improvement Board and it is anticipated that these will be aligned to the three priority themes.

The Scottish Government Whole System Approach for Children and Young People who Offend (WSA) aims to prevent unnecessary use of custody and secure accommodation wherever possible, through the availability and use of services, and; to seek opportunities to engage such young people, by putting in place a more streamlined and consistent response that works across all systems and agencies to achieve better outcomes for young people and their communities.  

Key Findings:

Improvements in partnership working, and in particular information-sharing and shared learning across agencies was reported in all three local authority areasand it is evident that the WSA has been a galvanising factor in driving this change in relationships.

Flexibility in implementing WSA across local authority areas may be necessary to adapt to different contextual conditions and local demands.

Diversion from prosecution provides a good example of marked variation by authority, both in terms of extent of use and trends over time. Overall there has been an increase in diversion, although the percentage age-distribution of diversion cases varies across the three local authorities.

 The use of other alternatives to prosecution, such as fiscal and police fines and warnings, has decreased in recent years for 16 and 17 year-olds, although it is not clear if this is due to a reduction in offending or a shift in the use of such disposals.

PRS is a vital component in promoting information-sharing between partners and the face-to face nature of the PRS process develops trust and professional understanding. The structure of court support services varied across local authorities. Some commissioned court services, whilst others undertook the work in-house

‘Buy-in’ to WSA policy and practice cannot be assumed; ongoing work is required to sustain WSA values across and within partner agencies, particularly if WSA resources and responsibilities are allocated to different agencies or partners.

There have been significant falls in referral to the Children’s Reporter on both offence and non-offence grounds in all three areas, with the fall in offence referrals being most pronounced. The impact of EEI or WSA on patterns of joint referral to the Procurator Fiscal and Children’s Reporter is not entirely clear; however, there are encouraging signs of some increase for 16 and 17 year-olds.

The WSA operates within a broader landscape – in both policing and social work where working practice and arrangements may differ from the WSA ethos. There can be a difficult balance for practitioners between responding to young people’s needs, as per the WSA, and reacting to offending behaviour.

Diversion from prosecution may function more effectively if the default position is diversion;     and the onus is placed on the Procurator Fiscal to justify prosecution for 16 and 17-year olds, rather than vice versa.

The PRS process, in terms of allocating actions to partner agencies, functions well in each authority. Cases identified as suitable for early diversion are discussed at multi-agency meetings, and the diversity of expertise allows the group to respond in a swift and informed fashion.

The long term sustainability of WSA in any given authority is predicated upon staff expertise and their dedication to the WSA ethos, as well as diversifying its sources of influence. Champions are important resources in this context.


The Community Empowerment Bill has now been passed.  Attached is some information on the Bill.



Accompanying notes

The Scottish Prison Service have published their annual report for the year 2014/15.
The Scottish Police Authority have published their second annual reveiw of policing.
The Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, today announced that -
"Scotland is to adopt a new approach to dealing with female offenders with a move towards custody in the community, backed by targeted support to address underlying issues and action to reduce the numbers of women receiving custodial sentences."
Audit Scotland have published their annual report and accounts for 2014-15.
Audit Scotland have published their annual report on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Facilitated by Families Outside, The Criminal Justice Family Support Network is a forum of voluntary organisations working across Scotland who provide support to families affected by imprisonment as all, or part, of their remit.  Based on research and practice, The Network has produced a Good Practice Guidance for the Support of Families Affected by Imprisonment, with the aim of ensuring colleagues in the voluntary and statutory sectors are best informed and engaged to provide support for these families.

Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have published a briefing on the Community Empowerment Bill before it goes to Stage 3 at Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Government has published an evaluation of community payback orders, criminal justice social work reports and the presumption against short sentences.

New Routes PSP have published a report on their work.
Shine, the national PSP for mentoring women offenders have published their latest newsletter.
The Wise Group leads New Routes a Scotland wide Public Social Partnership (PSP) that involves nine third sector organisations and public sector partners. It provides a mentoring service for young male prolific offenders on short-term sentences in all Scottish prisons and then on release in the

Low Moss PSP have published their latest newsletter on the evaluation of their work.

Scottish Government have announced an extra £1 million of funding for Apex, Sacro and Families Outside to redusce reoffending.
Scottish Justice Matters have produced an article on evaluating early interventions to reduce reoffending.
Holyrood magazine have released their latest justice briefing, with female offenders being an important topic.
Lord Gill gave a speech to the Holyrood Digital Justice Conference on 28th January, setting out the timetable for court reform.
Scottish Borders Domestice Abuse Advocacy Service (DAAS) have published their latest newsletter.
Holyrood magazine publish the latest justice news.
Includem have published their latest e-newsletter.
Soroptomist International have produced a report on their work exploring issues for women in the criminal justice system.
Holyrood magazine have published their latest justice focused newsletter.
Alcohol Focus Scotland have issued their latest eFocus.
Sacro have published their latest enewsletter.
The SCCCJ have published their latest newsletter.
South West Scotland CJA have published their latest e-update.

The Scottish Public Health Network have published their report on violence reduction.

Scottish Government have released their latest update on RRP2.
The Scottish Court Service have published their Annual Report and accounts for 2013-14.
Holyrood latest Justice Bulletin has information on reocrded crime.
Audit Scotland have published their newsletter for November, which amongst other items includes an introduction to their new Chair.
Scottish Government have launched their Government Programme for 2014-15
Includem have published their annual report for 2014.
This event, part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014, brought together a panel of experts to explore changes in crime trends and patterns and examine the profile of those involved in crime in Scotland.  The presentations can be found in the link.
The Law Society of Scotland have produced a disussion paper on legal aid.

The Scottish Government have published their latest Alcohol and Drug Bulletin.

The National Prisoner Healthcare Network have published the October edition of their flash report.
Families Outside have published their latest bulletin.  this month they report on their involvement in the Scottish Legal Aid Board “Tackling Money Worries” programme.
Scottish Government have published the summary of responses to the consultation on the future of community justice. 

Families Outside have publishes their Annual Report for 2013-14.

The Scottish Government have published a report on what works to reduce crime.
. The report was developed in partnership with the Centre for Mental Health and funded by the Robertson trust.
This report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies has highlighted the strong relationship between alcohol and domestic abuse, physical violence and sexual assault. It calls for action to be taken to protect vulnerable groups from alcohol-fuelled violence and for a better understanding of the role alcohol plays for victims of abuse and assault.
Alcohol Focus Scotland have released their latest e-newsletter.
The Scottish Freedom of Information Commisioner has released her Annual Report for 2013-14.
The Center for Court Innovation have released their latest newlsetter,  The focus of which is human trafficking.
Scottish Borders Alcohol and Drug partnership have published their Annual Report for 2013-14.
Families Outside have published the Annual Report of their Family Support Team work for 2013-14.
Alcohol Focus Scotland have published their latest eFocus newlsetter.
This issue focuses on Evaluating the ‘Systemic Practice in Family Interventions’ Programme.
The publication of The Quality Principles: Standard Expectations of Care and Support in Drug and Alcohol Services by Scottish Government.
Scottish Government have released their monthly overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics in Scotland.
Families Outside have published their latest newsletter.
Please find attached the Justice Circular for the The Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional Provision) Order 2014

The Scottish Government recently agreed to extend the delivery phase of the Reducing Re-offending Change Fund Public Social Partnerships by up to two years from 1 April 2015.  Attached is a letter from Jane Moffat, Chair of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund Partnership, dated 15 July 2014, that sets out more information on the issues that the RRCF partnership has asked each PSP to review and the timescales. A refreshed proposal, budget and sustainability plan has to be completed and submitted by Friday 5 September 2014 and the intention is that new proposals and budgets will be agreed by the end of the year.

Following the introduction of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament, the Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration (LGR) Committee has now issued a call for written evidence on the Bill.  Details are on the Committee’s website:  The deadline is Friday 5 September 2014.


WHO Europe have released guidance for addressing inequalities in healthcare.
Scottish Government launched the Community Empowerment Bill on 12th June.
Audti Scotland have produced a review of their work in 2013.
The CJA convenors have released their national response to the consultation on community justice reform.
The Scottish Prison Service have published their 2013 prisoner survey.
HM YOI Polmont had a follow up inspection  on 24-28 March.  The summary can be found here.  For the full report click download.
The Ministry of Justice have released reports into their study about people on community sentences.
The Scottish Government have published their first report on the delivery of reintegration in Scotland.

Attached is the Scottish Government Summary of Local Authority Annual Reports 2012-13 which was laid in Parliament today, and published this morning on the Scottish Government website.

The CJAs have produced an updated leaflet on the statistics around women in the criminal justice system.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland, has released a report on a full inspection of HMP Edinburgh carried out between 9 and 18 September 2013.
The Scottish Government have published their response to the consultation on the redesign of community justice.
The Justice Committee have published their report on the draft budget for 2014-15.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons have released their report into the inspection of Low Moss Prison. 
This is the full inspection report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland, for HMP Shotts, from 11 - 19th March 2013.

Nicola Ceesay from the University of Edinburgh undertook research into HMP Edinburgh Visitors Centre.

HMIP Hugh Monro has released his inspection report on HM YOI Polmont from 22-30 October 2012.
Avavilable to download here is a report on a full inspection of HMP Open Estate, Longforgan, near Dundee, carried out between 23-29 April 2012.

The Offender Health Workbook is to help reduce health inequalities through improving the health of offenders.


>>Click here << to view the archived Policy and Research Register document (up to Feb 2012) as a PDF.

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