Reducing Reoffending: Rehabilitation and Barriers to Reintegration

This event will examine the policy priorities needed to reduce reoffending and improve rehabilitation of offenders while still ensuring public safety.

Developing safe and effective models of rehabilitation

The Scottish Government has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing reoffending and supporting rehabilitation in its recent Programme for Government, extending the presumption against short prison sentences to 12 months and issuing revised guidance on the use of remand.

Following these changes, how can we ensure that appropriate services are available to rehabilitate offenders and prevent re-offending, particularly through the provision of meaningful housing and employment?

Furthermore, what are the key steps needed to ensure that reintegration of offenders is appropriate and balanced against public safety?

Join Holyrood on 13 December to discuss these important issues and the role that your organisation can play in preventing crime and reducing reoffending though rehabilitation and reintegration.

Key issues we will address with you

  • Latest thinking on Scottish Government policies on reducing reoffending
  • Identifying drivers of recidivism
  • Developing effective services for rehabilitation
  • Policy priorities needed to protect the public when reintegrating offenders

Who should attend

  • Community justice organisations
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Prisons Service
  • SCTS
  • Local authorities (including those working within community safety, housing and employability)
  • Housing associations


09:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:30 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Dr Hannah Graham, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Stirling

10:35 Session 1: Context and Overview of Current Policy

  • Identifying key drivers of recidivism
  • Reviewing the impact of Scottish Government policies aimed at reducing reoffending

10:35 Understanding Crime as a Symptom of Need

  • An overview of Community Justice Scotland activity to reduce offending and further offending in Scotland
  • An understanding of the drivers of crime in order to consider how these can be addressed
  • Offending and its links to community – the role of the community in reducing offending through restorative models

Gemma Fraser, Improvement Lead, Community Justice Scotland

10.55 Q&A

11.05 Interactive Roundtable Session

11:45 Refreshments and Networking

12:10 Session 2: Delivering Services for Effective Rehabilitation

  • Discussion of challenges for reintegration of former offenders
  • Exchange of good practice for rehabilitation across employment and housing

12:10 Employability Opportunities and Challenges for People Within the Criminal Justice System

Adele Hill, Co Chief Executive, Access to Industry
Simon Wood, Caseworker, Access to Industry 

12:30 Sexual Offences - the New Leprosy?

  • Sentencing, populism and unintended consequences 
  • The changing face of the offending environment 
  • Working with people whose conviction history makes re-integration and rehabilitation particularly challenging 

Corey McIntyre, Personal Development Mentor, Apex Scotland

Alan Staff, Chief Executive, Apex Scotland

12.50 Q&A

13:10 Lunch and Networking

13:55 Session 3: Challenges for Services and Embedding Partnership Working

13:55 Understanding the Voluntary Sector as “A Vital Part of the Process” in Local Community Justice

  • The third sector can play a key role in identifying need and developing innovative services and other responses to offending behaviour locally
  • The voluntary sector is identified as a key partner in community justice and should be involved in strategic processes
  • Local community justice partnerships, however, appear to be missing this opportunity and are not making the most of their local third sector partners

Chris McCully, Development Coordinator, Criminal Justice Sector Voluntary Forum

14:15 What Might The Changing Prison Population Mean For Rehabilitation and Reintegration? 

Rob will explore the current and future context and what that might mean for the design and delivery of services for people in and leaving prison.

Rob Strachan, Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Scottish Prison Service

14.30 Q&A

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

Dr Hannah Graham, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Stirling

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. LN., Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VATpp | 2+ places £195 + VATpp (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VATpp | 2+ places £245 + VATpp (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

13 December 2018

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