RMA Blog: Learning and Leaf-Peeping in Canada

      Our Development Lead, Rachel Webb, recently attended two international conferences that offered the perfect opportunity to learn from both researchers and practitioners. Here, she tells us some of the key points from her visit.

      The Offending Behaviour of Those Sentenced to the Order for Lifelong Restriction

      "It’s imperative we increase our understanding of both the sentence and the people subject to it." - Our Head of Development introduces the latest RMA research publication

      FRAMEWORK FOR RISK ASSESSMENT, MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION

      The Framework for Risk Assessment, Management and Evaluation (FRAME) outlines the policy approach to risk assessment and management in Scotland.

      RMA publish research into the Order for Lifelong Restriction

      'The Offending Behaviour of Those Sentenced to the Order for Lifelong Restriction’ is our very first report exploring, in-depth, the behaviour of individuals sentenced to the OLR through quantitative analysis.

      RATED

      RATED is our directory intended to assist practitioners in selecting and applying risk assessment tools.

      Attending the ISRA World Meeting 2022

      Our Head of OLR Debbie Campbell attended The International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) 2022 to learn all about advances in the study of aggression, and how reframing the way we think about violence could help reduce harm.

      About Us

      We set the standards for risk assessment and risk management to reduce the risk of serious harm and make Scotland safer

      2022-23 Business Plan Published

      We're pleased to publish our 2022-23 Business Plan which outlines the work we’re going to do this year

      RMA Consultation Response

      We've published our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on bail and release from custody.

      2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts

      We've published our 2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts including details of our work on Assessor Accreditation, Internet Offending, and our review of the UK Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Bill

      ORDER FOR LIFELONG RESTRICTION RESEARCH

      We have published our first research report exploring the offending behaviour of individuals who are subject to the Order for Lifelong Restriction sentence. ‘The Offending Behaviour of Those Sentenced to the Order for Lifelong Restriction’ focusses on individuals sentenced between December 2006 and March 2021 – over 200 individuals – and provides a comprehensive overview.

      Framework for Risk Assessment Management and Evaluation (FRAME)

      The Framework for Risk Assessment, Management and Evaluation (FRAME) outlines the policy approach to risk assessment and management in Scotland. It outlines the agreed values, guiding principles, and standards that should underpin the work of justice agencies who are involved in the assessment and management of risk posed by those who are involved in offending behaviour.

      BAIL AND RELEASE CONSULTATION

      We have published our response to the Scottish Government’s Bail and Release from Custody Consultation. The consultation was seeking views on bail/remand and release from custody to inform the development of legislation in this area. Our response lays out in detail the importance of an evidence-based and proportionate approach to risk assessment and risk management in Scotland.

      RMA ACCREDITED ASSESSORS

      Accredited Assessors play a vital role in the Scottish justice system. They complete complex reports for the high court when an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR) is being considered. We’re pleased to have accredited five new experienced risk assessors in 2022-23.

      Our Team

      The RMA works closely with partner agencies to develop and promote risk assessment and management practices that are proportionate, meaningful and legitimate. And by supporting those who work within the field of justice, helping them to carry out their work effectively and consistently, we contribute to our wider purpose of reducing reoffending and the harm that it causes.

      Risk Assessment Tools Evaluation Directory (RATED)

      The Risk Assessment Tools Evaluation Directory (RATED) contains evaluation of the evidence for seventy-four risk assessment tools. The tools are designed to assess various types of offending from intimate partner violence, stalking, internet offending and other sexual offences, in addition to those intended to measure violence and general risk of offending. Three categories of tools are intended to assess the risk of youth offending; and there is also a category dedicated to ‘responsivity issues,’ encompassing tools intended for personality, neurodevelopmental and other mental disorders.

      Our publications

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