january, 2020

22janAll DayNext Steps Towards a Victim-Centred Justice System


Event Details

The Scottish Government has committed to ensuring the voices of victims ‘are heard, to streamline their journey through the criminal justice system, and to provide wide-ranging support and accessible information through(out) the process.’

This event examines the next steps for creating a victim-centred justice system in Scotland and what this means for justice organisations, victims, and the professionals who support them.

The Victims Taskforce was established in 2018 to drive forward this agenda. Informed by a Victims Sounding Board and victim reference groups, the Taskforce is overseeing work to improve the information available to victims, review how data is shared between different organisations that victims come into contact with, and explore the use of digital tools to support victims. This complements a broad suite of developments being pursued by the Scottish Government that are intended to put victims first.

Critics argue, however, that the Scottish Government must go further, calling for a specific requirement for the prison service to take victim welfare into account prior to granting temporary release, published reasons for release decisions, and the greater use of exclusion zones.

Join Holyrood Events to hear from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Huzma Yousaf MSP, who will brief us on the Scottish Government’s priorities for creating a victim-centred justice system. They will also explore what recent and forthcoming developments mean for your work and organisation, learn about how to overcome the barriers you face in improving the experiences of victims, and network with colleagues from across justice agencies, third sector support organisations, and local and central government.

For further information and booking click here.


All Day (Wednesday)


Cosla Conference Centre

Cosla Conference Centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH