18 Apr, 2023

2023-24 Business Plan Published

We’ve published our 2023-24 Business Plan which outlines the work we’re going to do this year including: an update to Standards and Guidelines for Risk Management, Training Strategy and a Review of the Implementation of the OLR Sentence.

Our work focusses on making Scotland safer by reducing the risk of serious harm. Today, Monday 17 April, we’re pleased to publish our new Business Plan which sets out our priorities for the year. 

The RMA is an expert body specialising in risk assessment and risk management. Our Framework for Risk Assessment, Management and Evaluation is the national policy approach for Scotland. The purpose of FRAME is to bring consistency to the way in which justice partners in Scotland assess, manage and evaluate the risk presented by offending behaviour. This year, one of our objectives is to begin to review how FRAME is implemented across Scotland. 

Additionally, we’ll continue our review of the operation of the Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR) sentence. This is a significant piece of research. It will help us to identify if there are areas for change and improvement. So you can stay up-to-date with developments and publication of relevant research, make sure you subscribe to the RMA Enewsletter.  

We’ll continue to provide independent practical advice and training to support justice partners across Scotland and internationally. We look forward to learning from each other as we do so. Plus, we’re creating online training as part of our long term training strategy, and launching our directory of risk management approaches later this year, similar to our popular RATED resource

We’ll take a leading role in Counter-Terrorism in Scotland to make sure that evidence-based risk assessment and management is part of Scotland’s approach to Counter-Terrorism.  Also this year, we’ll conduct a review of our potential role with the Victim Notification Scheme and Victim Standards in Scotland.

Mark McSherry, RMA Chief Executive, said:

“This year we begin the first stage of our strategy to make Scotland safer. Our research on “what works” in reducing serious harm will shape how we develop our collective approach with justice agencies across the country to raise the standard of risk management in Scotland.” 

To find out about all the work we have planned for this year, read our Business Plan below and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date. 

For enquiries on any of the above please contact communications@rma.gov.scot

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