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The performance report for the February CJA Board 2017
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Local Authorities are required to provide a report on Community Payback Orders each year.  Attached is a summary of the latest report.
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 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Annual Report 2015-2016, published 25 October 2016.

HMIPS Annual Report 2015-16

Victi Support Scotland are recruiting two new trustees to their Board.  More information can be found here.

Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority is pleased to publish their Annual Reports and Action Plans.

The Annual Report includes a review of the work carried out by all CJA partners from across Lothian & Borders and looks at the future focus of the CJA in future years.

The Action Plan is what we hope to acheive in the current year.

Scottish Government have prduced an overview of the new model fo Communtiy Justice, and an FAQ document.
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Victim Support Scotland have launched their brand new website, which can be found here.

Over 100 experts in the use of electronic monitoring  met in Perth on Wednesday 25th August 2015 to look at how Scotland can make use of advances in technology, including GPS, and the latest international evidence as part of an improved approach to monitoring offenders across the country.

The conference has been organised as part of work being undertaken by a specially appointed Electronic Monitoring in Scotland Working Group which is exploring opportunities around the future use of electronic monitoring and is due to report to Scottish Ministers next year.


Courses and workshops include: Alcohol Brief Intervention, sexual health and SHARE (Sexual Health & Relationships Education), introduction to health behaviour change, fuel poverty, early years nutrition, domestic abuse, suicide prevention (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK), learning disability, understanding health inequalities and understanding health promotion, creating imaginative learning and group work skills. All courses, workshops & seminars are FREE of charge to participants and are open to workers from all sectors, volunteers and community members. For further details and to apply for a place go to


Places are limited and filling up fast.  To book a place on this event click here

For further information on this event click here




I am delighted to announce that Fiona Young has agreed to succeed Rob Strachan as Chief Officer of the CJA.


We received a high number of applicants for the role and the standard of application received was extremely high. The process followed was robust and I would like to thank Erica and Andrea for their hard work in supporting the process.


Fiona is to begin her new role on Wednesday 28th January 2015 on a fixed term contract until 31st March 2017 when the CJA will be dis-established. Rob Strachan will leave on 3rd February 2015 to ensure there is a handover period.


Fiona has a wide range of experience in Scotland, England and Canada. Fiona returned to the UK from Canada in 2011 and has undertaken a range of consulting projects as Director of her company, A & F Young Ltd, with justice agencies, local government and third sector organisations including research, evaluation, partnership and project development.


In Canada, Fiona was Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia where she worked on the development of crime reduction policy and strategy. 


Working with multi-disciplinary research teams and colleagues in policing, federal, provincial and local government, health and community organisations, achievements included the development of partnership based community safety strategies, the design and development of prolific offender management pilots in British Columbia, and leading a policing complexity study to improve understanding of police resourcing. Fiona continues to be a member of ICURS.


Prior to working in Canada, Fiona spent over 10 years working for the Home Office in the UK, from 2002 to 2005 as Director, Crime Reduction and Communities in the North East of England, a region with a population of 2.5 million people.  Her responsibilities covered a number of policy areas including crime reduction, drug misuse reduction, strengthening communities and neighbourhood renewal. She oversaw programme investments of around £250 million per annum.  During this time the North East went from being a region with one the highest crime rates to one of the lowest in England.  Prior to this Fiona had responsibility for regional implementation of the UK Drugs Strategy; leading work nationally on the development of a performance framework and the development of a partnership standard. 


Her background and training are varied having worked in the public, private, academic and community sectors.  Prior to joining the Home Office she worked in evaluation research at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England.  She has a Masters degree in Applied Policy Research.


I am sure you will join me in welcoming Fiona to the CJA.


Best wishes,


Cllr Catherine Johnstone,




Out of the Shadows is a new training package to support practitioners working with families affected by the justice system.   Developed by Families Outside and South West Scotland Community Justice Authority, Out of the Shadows training sessions will be delivered as a free half-day (9.30am - 1.30 pm approx) event at five venues across the SWSCJA area.

More information can be found here.

No Offence are holding a conference on housing in Birmingham on Wednesday 10th September.  Please see here for more details.
Sponsors are needed for the redemption and justice awards 2014.  Please see here for further details.

On 16 December 2013 the Cabinet Secretary announced that responsibility for the planning and delivery of community justice is to transfer to Community Planning Partnerships, and that a new national body is to be established to provide independent assurance on delivery of outcomes and to undertake the strategic delivery of services where appropriate. CJAs will cease to exist. A further consultation on the scope, structure and governance arrangements or the new body is to take place early in 2014. The new arrangements are unlikely to come into effect until 2016/17.

Click here for the announcement made by Scottish Government about the future of community justice services.

Please follow the links below for the L&B CJA response to the letter from the Cabinet Secretary highlighting the next stage in reform of community justice.

Click here for response letter from Convenor

Click here for message from Convenor to L&B CJA Board Members, Partners & Stakeholders


Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority launch of the MAPPA Annual Report 2012-13


The Offender Health Collaborative was established to support the implementation of the Better Health, Better Lives for Prisoners: a framework for improving the health of Scotland’s prisoners developed by the Scottish Prison Service, Health Promotion Managers and the Scottish Public Health Network.

 In support of wider implementation, the Offender Health Collaborative commissioned the report, Healthier People, Safer Communities (attached), to better understand how the BHBL framework should be extended to improve the health of offenders.  Tina Everington, NHS Forth Valley has produced this comprehensive report identifying short, medium and long term actions for the Offender Health Collaborative. 

Attached is a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice regarding automatic early release of prisoners

Lothian & Borders CJA Learning & Innovation Workshop, Thursday 22 August, sees the launch of the consultation of the Framework for the support of families affected by the Criminal Justice System. To reserve your place see flyer

Draft Framework

Consultation Questionnaire

The EHRC in Scotland is seeking to appoint three members to the Scotland Committee during 2013/14.  Being a Committee member offers a unique opportunity to influence the equality and human rights agenda and play a major part in one of Britain’s most forward-thinking organisations. Further information is available at

HMYOI Polmont HMIPS Inspection Report, January 2013: feedback on the Inspection Report from Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority click here


An extraordinary meeting of the CJA board was held today, 10 April 2013, to explore what the implications of reform might be for the CJA's statutory and regulatory obligations. The report and associated papers can be viewed here:


This note provides some information about the new Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) that is being introduced from 1 April 2013, when the current discretionary Social Fund will stop. Click here
Justina Murray, Chief Officer of South West Scotland CJA gave a presentation to the Chief Officers on the need for Scotland’s criminal justice system to take action on speech, language and communication needs.  Click here for the presentation.

The remaining Lothian & Borders CJA Meeting for 2013 is:

Thursday 21 November 2013

2014 Dates  - 20 February, 22 May, 21 August, 13 November 

Meetings will be held at Newbattle Abbey College, Dalkeith and commence at 2pm.


A lot of acronyms are used in all types of business today so we have compiled this glossary to help all visitors to our website. It is by no means a complete list so we would welcome any additions to it that we may not have included.


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