The Clackmannanshire Community Justice Partnership has consulted on proposals for an improvement plan which will run from 2018 to 2023.
Community Justice is the collection of individuals, agencies and services that work together to support, manage and supervise people who have committed offences, from the point of arrest, through prosecution, community disposal or custody and alternatives to these, until they are reintegrated into the community.
Local communities and the third sector are a vital part of this process which aims to prevent and reduce further offending and the harm that it causes, to promote desistance, social inclusion and citizenship.
The plan has been developed from a sound understanding of the key issues in Clackmannanshire and how partners can contribute to community justice locally. This understanding has been developed over the past 18 months with extensive stakeholder engagement as well significant research including an updated strategic assessment and needs assessment; poverty assessment and economic baseline assessment – all carried out in 2017.
As set out in the single year plan (2017/18) partners have reflected on the difficult financial circumstances of many of the statutory partners. As a result partners have taken a strategic direction for an improvement model where existing services are strengthened, the connections between them are strengthened and where empowerment and a person centred approach is promoted. The approaches in cross-organisational communities of practice have supported this learning and practice development. They have also enabled better collaboration and two-way sharing of information between community justice partners.
The evidence of local adversity and trauma has become much clearer and the partnership has influenced trauma informed thinking in wider Clackmannanshire community planning forums through our 2017 conference entitled “Resilience in the Face of Adversity”. This supported our approach to universality in access to services for very vulnerable people, challenged stigma and set a springboard for a trauma informed approach for a social model of support in Clackmannanshire within our new plans.
Partners in Clackmannanshire have worked hard to ensure that the community is a key part of community justice locally. We have supported and collaborated on a number of capacity building activities around community justice in our local communities. These have included integrated practical activities with the aim of developing healthy and productive relationships through bread baking, gardening and nail bars. These activities have been supported by The Gate, Forth Valley Men’s Sheds, Hawkhill Community Centre and ACE Recycling alongside Volunteer Matters, Forth Valley Recovery Community, Barnardos and Apex.
The community of practice and ambassador development has involved many different organisations and communities of interest.
From consultation and research, the partnership has identified five specific headline community justice problems in Clackmannanshire. These contribute to offending behaviour as well as the vulnerability of victims and families.
These headline problems have been considered within the context of the LOIP and existing delivery to inform three local priorities.
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