Under section 17 of the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016, every local Community Justice Partnership must produce a plan for community justice in their area (known as a ‘Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan’ or ‘CJOIP’ for short).

What is a Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan?

The purpose of a Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan (CJOIP) is to provide an assessment of whether each outcome is currently being achieved and to set out any actions for improving outcomes.

The legislation specifies that the plan should include:

  • Assessment of each national outcome – The community justice partners’ assessment of whether the outcome is being achieved in the area (and, if not, how near the outcome is to being achieved)
  • Priorities for action – Whether the outcome requires to be a priority for action
  • Intended actions: The action they intend to take (individually or jointly) to achieve or maintain achievement of the outcome

Local partners can also choose to include additional information where they feel it is relevant.

The plan may also set out other outcomes in relation to community justice that the community justice partners consider should be achieved in their local area (‘locally determined outcomes’) as long as these are consistent with nationally determined outcomes.

Links to current CJOIPs

Below, we have provided links to the current CJOIPs that we have received.  If you are aware of any other plans available online, or more up to-date versions, please send us the relevant link and we will add it to this list.

Who contributes to the development of a CJOIP?

The following statutory partners have a duty to work together to develop a local community justice plan for their area:

  • Local Authority
  • Health board
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Integration Joint Board
  • Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service
  • Scottish Prison Service

The statutory partners also have a duty to involve third sector organisations working in community justice in their area and community bodies in the development of the plan.  The requirement is for local statutory partners to:

  • Consider which relevant third sector bodies and local community bodies are likely to be able to contribute to the preparation of the local plan
  • Make all reasonable efforts to secure the participation of such bodies in the preparation of the local plan.
  • Consult appropriate third sector bodies when preparing their annual report.

Where a relevant third sector body or community body wishes to participate in the preparation of the plan to any extent, there is also a requirement on local statutory partners to “take such steps as are reasonable” to enable their participation.

Third sector involvement

As part of the reporting requirements, local statutory partners need to produce a participation statement.  This statements set out:

  • The action which they took to enable the participation of third sector and community bodies in the preparation of the local community justice plan
  • Which third sector and community bodies participated in the preparation of the local plan.

If the report indicates a deficiency in the participation of the third sector, it is intended that Community Justice Scotland can use its powers to make improvement recommendations to help rectify the situation.

Routes to third sector engagement

It is up to each local area to determine the structures that are most appropriate for their needs and, as such, the routes through which the third sector can engage with community justice planning will vary.  In the first instance, third sector organisations are advised to contact their local Third Sector Interface or local Community Justice Coordinator, who should be able to advise them of the relevant route.

CJVSF is currently running the Strengthening Engagement Project, which seeks to strengthen engagement between statutory community justice partners and third sector providers at a local level.   If you would like to find out more about this project, please click here.