Community Justice Partnership praised

Care Inspectorate review

Community Justice Partnership

A community justice partnership which aims to prevent and reduce reoffending has been praised by the Care Inspectorate following a scrutiny process.

North Lanarkshire is the first partnership in Scotland to undertake a validated and supported self-evaluation of its justice services with the Care Inspectorate praising the 'robust and mature' nature of the partnership.

The report stated: "We are confident the partnership is well placed to establish a shared culture of continuous improvement as they strive to achieve excellence in the implementation and delivery of the community justice model."

The exercise, which took place between October and December last year, focused on several quality indicators including:

  • Planning and delivering services in a collaborative way
  • Effective use and management of resources
  • Leadership of strategy and direction

Alison Gordon, Head of Justice Social Work Services, said: "We are delighted to have received such positive feedback from the Care Inspectorate. We work closely with our partners including Police Scotland, NHS Lanarkshire and the Scottish Prisons' Service to deliver a range community projects and work programmes which help offenders deal with issues including victim awareness, anger management, alcohol and drug misuse and domestic violence.

"Our innovative projects, including the step forward project which supports people with convictions and helps with employability skills, make a real difference to helping offenders continue their rehabilitation and we are glad that as part of this process, our self-evaluation of the service has been recognised."

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