Community justice

What is community justice?

Community Justice is a collaborative approach to prevent offending and reduce further offending. It emphasises a person-centred approach and the importance of addressing the underlying causes.

Community justice advocates the importance of:

  • effectively supporting those who have committed offences to help them reintegrate into the community
  • ensuring victims, witnesses, families and communities have access to support to recover from or mitigate the impact of crime

We will achieve this by:

  • improving community understanding and participation in community justice
  • planning and working collaboratively across services and partners
  • designing and delivering support and services that are based on evidence of what works
  • supporting equal access to services for all

The National Strategy for Community Justice

The Scottish Government launched the National Strategy for Community Justice in 2016.

Traditionally, justice services are thought of as police, courts, prosecutors, social work and prisons. Community justice is much wider. It involves victims of crime, witnesses, families and wider communities in addition to individuals who commit or are at risk of committing offences. It includes early prevention and intervention through education and diversion from the criminal process.

Read the National Strategy for Community Justice

Community Justice Scotland

Community Justice Scotland was established on 2017 to oversee and support community justice nationally and to enable the aims set out in the national strategy.

Visit the Community Justice Scotland website.


Community Justice in Stirling

The Community Justice Partnership in Stirling is supported by a number of partner organisations who play a role in the wider justice and community support framework. The members are:

  • Police Scotland
  • NHS Forth Valley
  • Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service
  • Scottish Prison Service
  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise
  • Clackmannanshire and Stirling Alcohol and Drug Partnership
  • Stirling Council

Stirling Community Justice Annual Report 2018 - 2019

Reducing Offending in Stirling 2018 - 2021

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