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 to reintegrate into the community as this allows individuals to realise their potential for the benefit of all citizens.
  • Ensuring that victims, witnesses, families and communities have access to support to recover from or mitigate the impact of crime.

How can we collectively achieve this?  

  • 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

This is Smart Justice.

Smart Justice summary

Why Smart Justice works

The National Strategy for Community Justice

The Scottish Government launched the National Strategy for Community Justice on 24th November 2016.

Community Justice Scotland was established on 1st April 2017 to oversee and support community justice nationally.


Community Justice in Stirling

The Community Justice Partnership in Stirling is a thematic group within the wider Community Planning Partnership. The following statutory and non-statutory* partners are represented on Stirling Community Justice Partnership:

  • 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:
    • Housing
    • Justice Social Work
    • Children and Families
    • Regeneration and Inclusive Growth

Justice services are traditionally thought of as Police, Courts, Prosecutors, Justice Social Work and Prisons however Community Justice is so 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 where appropriate. Fundamentally it requires a strong, connected and enabled community working in tandem with services including the third sector to improve outcomes for all.  

Planning and Annual Reporting

The Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 places a duty on the Partnership to produce a Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plan. This Plan outlines key local priorities based on need and the actions identified to address them.

The Partnership is required to report annually on the progress made in relation to Community Justice improvements based on a National Outcome Performance Indicator Framework.

Contact uscommunityjustice@stirling.gov.uk


Last updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 4:24 PM