The Risk Management Authority's purpose is to make Scotland safer by setting the standard for risk practice to reduce reoffending and the harm that it causes

      Our duties focus on protecting the public by ensuring that robust risk assessment and risk management practices are in place to reduce the risk of serious harm posed by violent and sexual offenders

      working towards a safer Scotland

      What we do

      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 the practitioners who work within the field of criminal 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.

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      Long term recidivism studies show that desistance is the norm. My new short review in the current issue of Criminal Justice and Behavior

      Join us on 5th December as we launch a series of research papers to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.Our free, joint event with @scotgov will see contributions from @MareeToddMSP, and Prof @BrigidDaniel. Sign up today:

      Save the date! HLS Annual Lecture, @nicklhardwick2 HARD CASES – How should we manage prisoners whose offences and behaviour we abhor? 6 December 2018, Edinburgh


      In 2017-18, 12 Orders for Lifelong Restriction were issued by Scottish Judges

      How we work

      We carry out our functions to promote effective practice through working closely with partners across the criminal justice system in Scotland; drawing evidence from national and international research and development programmes to advance a shared framework approach.

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