Aberdeenshire Community Justice Partnership

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Community Justice is when individuals, services and agencies work together to support, manage and supervise people who have committed offences – from the point of arrest, through prosecution, community disposal or custody and alternatives to these – until they are reintegrated into the community.  Local communities and the third sector are a vital part of this process, which aims to prevent and reduce further offending and the harm that it causes, to promote desistance, social inclusion and citizenship.

The Aberdeenshire Community Justice Partnership has been formed to develop and lead on the implementation of the new model for Community Justice services in Aberdeenshire, following the redesign of Community Justice services nationally.

For more information about Community Justice in Aberdeenshire, please contact Kathleen Mowat (Project Manager, Community Justice Redesign) at Kathleen.Mowat@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


Chair: Philip English, Partnership Manager, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Lead Officer: Kathleen Mowat, Project Manager (Community Justice Redesign), Aberdeenshire Council

Members: Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Integrated Joint Board, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service, Department of Work and Pensions, NHS Grampian, Police Scotland, Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Prison Service, Skills Development Scotland.

The Scottish Government

We are making improvements to the way services for people who have offended are planned, managed and delivered. The Scottish Government is currently working with stakeholders to develop and roll out a new model for community justice in Scotland from April 2017.

Key changes include:

  • Establishing local strategic planning, delivery and accountability for community justice services;
  • Placing duties on a defined set of statutory community justice partners to engage in local strategic planning and delivery and to be accountable;
  • Creating a new body, Community Justice Scotland, to provide leadership for the sector; enhanced opportunities for innovation, learning and development; improvement support where required; and independent professional assurance to Scottish Ministers on the collective achievement of community justice outcomes across Scotland;
  • Establishing a national strategy to provide this coherent vision for community justice in Scotland to facilitate and drive improvement. This strategy will enable stakeholders to collaboratively address priority areas through a joint approach to delivery that is both outcomes-focused and evidence-based.
  • A focus on collaboration, including the opportunity to commission, manage or deliver services nationally where appropriate.

For more information please visit our website.

Community Justice Redesign Team, The Scottish Government

Enquiry Form

We would like to hear from you!

We have now produced our first draft Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan for Aberdeenshire and would like to hear your thoughts about this.  If you would like to provide feedback on the draft plan, or any other issues related to Community Justice, please complete the form below.  Many thanks in advance!

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