Midlothian Community Safety and Justice Partnership

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The primary aim of the Midlothian Community Safety and Justice Partnership is to reduce reoffending and to make our community safer.

From 1st April 2017, the new Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 means that planning and decisions can be made involving local people who know their area best.

Community Justice is a way of preventing and reducing crime, ensuring people feel part of their community and reaffirming the value of being a good citizen. 

One of the methods activated to determine the way forward is by engaging with residents in our county through an online survey – the collated results will help shape the process and it is important that everybody participates.

The Midlothian Community Safety and Justice Partnership Board has to prepare an Outcomes and Improvement Plan that will show how we are going to reduce offending and reoffending. We are looking for your views on what needs to be done in Midlothian to reduce offending and reoffending.

The Scottish Government has identified seven outcomes that we must include in our plan:

  • Communities improve their understanding and participation in community justice.
  • Partners plan and deliver services in a more strategic and collaborative way.
  • People have better access to the services they require, including welfare, health and wellbeing, housing and employability.
  • Effective interventions are delivered to prevent and reduce the risk of further offending.
  • Life chances are improved through needs, including health, financial inclusion, housing and safety being addressed.
  • People develop positive relationships and more opportunities to participate and contribute through education, employment and leisure activities.
  • Individual’s resilience and capacity for change and self-management are enhanced.

Achievement of these outcomes will:

  • Maintain prevention of offending.
  • Reduce reoffending.
  • Result in less victims of crime.

Findings

Your views are important and we would like to hear from as many people as possible to make sure that we have a full picture of public opinion that can be included in the draft Outcomes and Improvement Plan.

We will have a draft plan prepared and in early 2017 and we will then carry out another consultation with you on this.  The final plan will be presented to the Midlothian Community Safety and Justice Partnership Board.

Submit opinions, get rewarded

In Midlothian your help is needed in order to ensure this new model succeeds and to ensure that we deliver community justice services in the most joined up way. For us to understand the needs of the communities in Midlothian, we would be grateful if you would complete this questionnaire. 

Closing Date

The closing date for the submission of was 16 October 2016.

Contact

  • by email at CSJP@midlothian.gov.uk
  • in writing at Midlothian Council, Fairfield House, 8 Lothian Road, EH22 3AA
  • by telephone to Hamish Fraser or Nicola Bruce on 0131 561 5216 or 0131 270 6732
19 Aug 2016