Plans for new model of community justice

Councillor Donald Moffat
Councillor Donald Moffat

A new model of community justice and rehabilitation of offenders is being introduced in the region, and the Scottish Borders Community Justice Board wants your views.

“While crime rates in the Scottish Borders are generally low, we must do all we can to ensure that this remains the case,” said Elaine Torrance, chief social work officer and chairwoman of the community justice board.

“The board is committed to preventing offending and supporting a reduction in people reoffending within our communities, and the plan will set out how we intend to do this.

“What we are keen to hear through this questionnaire is the views of local people about how they see community justice working in their local areas and what they feel could be done to support prevention or what barriers they think might exist to reducing offending.

“I would therefore encourage as many people as possible to think about this issue as it relates to their locality and take the time to complete the survey, so that we have a comprehensive and thorough picture of public opinion that can help inform the draft plan.”

The region’s community justice improvement plan will come into effect in April 2017, and the board has responsibility for developing the plan and making the necessary changes in how services are designed, delivered and accessed.

The plan sets out how the principles of community justice will be used to support a reduction in the number of people in the Scottish Borders reoffending following a previous conviction and will include the seven outcomes identified by the Scottish Government it believes will contribute to crime prevention and a reduction in reoffending.

Mid Berwickshire councillor Donald Moffat, chairman of the Scottish Borders Police, Fire and Rescue and Safer Communities Board, added: “People entering the criminal justice system often have complex underlying needs.

“The new model will improve joint working at a local level in a way that supports people to address the causes of offending behaviour.

“The survey provides local people with an opportunity to contribute towards the development of the Scottish Borders plan which is intended to reduce crime and reconviction rates.”

To have your say, visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/communityjustice. Paper copies are available by calling 01835 825080 or at
swtaskteam@scotborders.gov.uk

The closing date for the survey is September 11.

All the responses will be considered by theboard and incorporated into the draft plan. A formal consultation on the draft will follow.

end of the year.