Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Social Work Service

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and has distinctive social and economic circumstances, including high levels of deprivation, drug and alcohol misuse.  Criminal Justice Services are provided in a framework of social and community initiatives intended to enhance quality of life and increase community safety in Glasgow.

Criminal Justice Social Work Services main aims include:

  • Tackling criminal behaviour and reducing risk of re-offending
  • Supervising offenders in the community
  • Assisting prisoners re-settle into the community after release from custody

Main services include:

  • assessments and reports on offenders to courts to assist decisions on sentencing
  • court social work services to assist those attending court whether as witnesses, accused people or offenders
  • bail information and supervision services as an alternative to custodial remand
  • supervising offenders in the community on community payback orders to tackle offending behaviour
  • supervising offenders on drug treatment and testing orders to reduce drug related crime
  • supervising offenders who are required to perform unpaid, useful work for the benefit of the community as part of their order
  • prison social work services to prisoners and their families
  • preparing reports for the Parole Board to assist decisions about release from prison
  • throughcare services including parole, supervised release and other prison aftercare orders to assist public safety and community protection
  • supporting victims of crime and their families

Contact with Criminal Justice Social Work Services is normally as a result of court orders or sentences.  More information will be provided at this point.

How services are provided

Glasgow City Council Social Work Service is the main provider, but works in partnership with voluntary organisations and community groups in the provision of criminal justice services in Glasgow.

Glasgow Community Justice Authority

Glasgow Community Justice Authority (CJA) aims to reduce offending, improve the management of offenders and create safer communities.  The role of the CJA is to plan, co-ordinate, monitor and report of the delivery of offender services by local partners and what impact these services have on reducing re-offending and making communities safe.

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