This guidance has been developed by the Scottish Government in collaboration with a group comprising representatives from a range of the statutory community justice partners, third sector and service users to provide support and advice to partners as they take on new roles and responsibilities under the new local model for community justice as outlined in the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016. In particular, section 6 outlines statutory guidance in relation to the preparation of Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plans for each local authority area in Scotland as required under sections 19-23 of the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016. By virtue of section 24 of that Act, statutory partners for the area of a local authority must have regard to this statutory guidance when exercising their functions under sections 19-23.
The new model for community justice has been designed to deliver a community-based local solution to achieving improved outcomes for community justice; to reducing re-offending; and to supporting desistance.
This guidance should be read in conjunction with the National Strategy for Community Justice and the Outcomes Performance and Improvement Framework.