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Fife Women Offender's Team Annual Report 2014

Fife Women Offender's Team have recently published their Annual Report for 2014. This is the first annual report on the work Fife has been doing with women who offend. The work detailed within the report highlights the partnership approach taking by Fife in providing support in order to reduce re-offending among women offenders. 

Bill Kinnear, Service Manager, is grateful to the support from Scottish Government, Fife and Forth Valley CJA and their local partners including NHS Fife, Sacro, CLD and Housing Colleagues within Fife Council. All of these partners have contributed significantly to the success of the Women Offender's Team. Special mention is made to Angela Simpson, Team Leader, and the staff within the team, as well as to the women themselves who have contributed to the development of its services. 

This report is available through our Publications Page under 'Women Offenders'.


Reconviction Rates

Fife and Forth Valley have recently published a series of Briefings on the latest reconviction data published by the Scottish Government. These briefings include a Scottish Picture, the reconviction rates across the Fife and Forth Valley CJA area, and the four local authority areas - Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Fife and Stirling.

The aim of these briefings is to give partners and our Community Planning Partners, an awareness of what the data means and how this could be used in the planning stages of offender services.

The data contained in the briefings concerns the offender cohort for 2011/12 as this is the latest data the Scottish Government can accurately obtain. This is worth bearing in mind when considering the key findings of these briefings. 

These briefings can be found under our "Publications" tab - FFVCJA Newsletters, Reports & Responses.


Safer Communities & Justice Brief - November 2014

The Scottish Government have published the November edition of their monthly briefing produced by Justice Analytical Services, covering the period up to 28th November 2014. 

The purpose of this briefing is to provide a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics in Scotland. This edition includes a special feature on its back page providing a summary from the recently published Recorded Crime figures for 2013-14.
This edition can be found on the Scottish Government website or under our Publications tab - 'Scottish Government Publications'.

Fife & Forth Valley MAPPA Annual Reports 2013-14

MAPPA Annual Reports for both Fife and Forth Valley are now published on our website under our "publications" page.

Forth Valley's report focuses on contributions to public protection through co-operation. The part played by agencies is illustrated in the articles submitted by front-line practitioners. These show both what they do in MAPPA but also highlights how they work with others.

In relation to public protection outcomes none of Forth Valley's registered sex offenders were convicted of a further Group 1 (violent offences) or Group 2 (sexual offences) crime in 2013-14.

***This achievement demonstrates the effectiveness of MAPPA in keeping our communities safe.***


Research on Young People in Custody - Pathways to Prison

Research undertaken by Scotland’s national centre for youth justice could have an impact on reducing re-offending and the amount of young people serving custodial sentences.

‘Supporting Forth and Fife Valley: Pathways into prison and supports available to young people from Fife and Forth Valley’ was the result of parallel research undertaken on behalf of the Fife and Forth Valley Community Justice Authority (FFV CJA).

This project examined the social work reports of 32 young men aged between 17 and 21 years from the Fife and Forth Valley areas who were serving sentences in HMYOI Polmont. The research included semi-structured interviews with young men who agreed to speak to researchers.

The full press release from The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice, as well as the research report, can be accessed at the link below:

Pathways into Prison Research



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