‘Community Justice’ is all about tackling the causes of offending and supporting people who have committed crimes to move away from offending.
A new model for Community Justice came into effect in Scotland from 1st April 2017. This is underpinned by the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016. Responsibility for local strategic planning and delivery of community justice services transferred to ‘community justice partners’, as identified in the Act. ‘Community Justice Scotland’, a national body corporate, was also established.
In July 2017 the Scottish Government published its revised overall strategy: Justice in Scotland: Vision and Priorities.
Separate national publications are available in relation to Community Justice:
- National Strategy for Community Justice;
- Community Justice Outcomes, Performance and Improvement Framework; and
- Guidance for Local Partners in the New Model for Community Justice.
Community Justice Partners
The statutory Community Justice Partners in Aberdeen are
- Aberdeen City Council
- Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnership
- Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service
- NHS Grampian
- Police Scotland
- Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service
- Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
- Scottish Prison Service
- Skills Development Scotland
ACVO, Aberdeen’s Third Sector Interface, is also a key partner representing third sector organisations involved in Community Justice. ACVO facilitates a Community Justice Forum for those organisations and has a dedicated Community Justice page on its website.
Improving Community Justice Outcomes in Aberdeen
Partners and stakeholders in Aberdeen have developed priorities to improve community justice outcomes. These form part of Community Planning Aberdeen’s Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.
Community Justice Updates
Regular updates about Community Justice in Aberdeen are circulated to a wide range of partners and stakeholders. The updates can be found below:
Community Justice Meetings
The dates of meetings and previous minutes are below:
24 January 2018
4 October 2017
28 June 2017
For further information about Community Justice in Aberdeen please email firstname.lastname@example.org