Scottish Association for the Study of Offending

SASO Annual General Meeting 2015

The Annual General Meeting of The Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO) will take place on Friday 13th November 2015 at 5.00 pm in the Strathyre Suite, Dunblane Hydro Hotel, Dunblane.

This meeting is open to all members of SASO.  Download a copy of the Agenda here.

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Crime and Justice: Past, Present and Future - 13 & 14 November 2015

SASO's 46th Annual Conference - "Crime and Justice:  Past, Present and Future" will be held on 13th and 14th November 2015 at the Dunblane Hydro Hotel.

In the Chair:  Paul Johnston, Director-General Learning & Justice, Scottish Government

Keynote addresses from:-

  • Professor Susan McVie, University of Edinburgh - "The Crime Drop in Scotland:  Patterns, Trends & Potential Explanations"
  • DCC Iain Livingston, Police Scotland - "The new Crime:  internet and Cyber Crime"
  • Professor Lesley McAra, University of Edinburgh - "Less crime without more punishment"
  • Alan Baird, Chief social Work Adviser to the Scottish Government - "Changing services and practices"
  • Vivian Geiran & Michael Donnellan, Irish Probation & Prison Services - "Changing Criminal Justice:  Lessons from Prisons and Probation in Ireland"
  • Professor Alexis Jay, OBE, Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland - "The challenge of Child Protection"

After Dinner Speaker - The Rev John Chalmers, former Moderator of the Church of Scotland

Panel Discussion:  Interactive Session:  Exhibition:  Networking Opportunities

Download the full conference programme here.

Download the registration form here.


Crossing Boundaries - Exploitation, E-Crime, Evidence & Extradition: 21-25 June 2015

International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law
28th International Conference
21 – 25 June 2015
Assembly Rooms

 In the Chair:  Lesley Thomson QC, Solicitor General for Scotland

 Guest Speakers including:  Lord Carloway, Lord Turnbull and other senior judges  - see attached programme.

 Delegates will comprise a mix of academics, social workers, law enforcement, prison governors as well as prosecution and defence lawyers.

 For registration rates see attached booking form and flyer.

  • ·         The flexible pass allows any single  organisation to nominate up to 5 separate attendees so that different members of the firm or organisation can attend on different days.
  • ·         The day delegate rate is for individuals  who wish to attend for only one day rather than the whole conference – if this is of interest please make direct contact with conference organiser Linda Butcher on 0844 561 3906 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Additional Conference information and registration instructions available on the conference website at



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Community Payback Orders - 23 April 2015

SASO Dumfries & Galloway Branch welcome guest speakers Margie Miller, Senior Social Worker & Community Payback Service Users on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 5.30 pm, CJSW Community Payback Workshop, King Street, Dumfries.

Community Payback Orders are an effective way in which courts deal with people who have committed a criminal offence.  Unpaid work, supervision, addressing re-offending, paying compensation and alcohol and drugs interventions are just a few of the options available.  CJSW staff charged with supporting this critical work have previously spoken at Dumfries & Galloway Branch events.  This meeting, however, will hear directly from the people who are currently undertaking Community Payback Orders.

SASO members and non-members alike are welcome.

Enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Branch Secretary on 01387 250292
See flyer attachment below for full details.

SASO Glasgow Branch Day Conference - 14 May 2015

The SASO Glasgow Branch Day Conference  - "The exploitation of the vulnerable - how the law protects the dignity of vulnerable individuals" -  will be held on 14th May 2015 from 1 pm to 7 pm at the McCance Lecture Theatre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

In the chair:  Kirsty Wark, Journalist, Broadcaster & Writer

Guest speakers:
- Mhairi McGowan, ASSIST & Domestic Abuse Services, Community Safety, Glasgow
- Doorsuur Zasha, Dignity Alert Research Forum (DARF)
- Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Major Crime & Public Protection, Police Scotland
- Robert Fyfe, Practice Teacher & Appropriate Adult, Social Work Standby Service
- Iain Logan, Policy Division, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Exploring themes including  domestice abuse, female genital mutilation, organised crime, appropriate adults, child support law, forced marriage, human trafficking and exploitation.

Registration rates from £25 to £90.  4.5 hrs CPD for Advocates, Solicitors, CJSW, Police, Children's Hearings Member

Download a conference flyer here.

Download speaker biographies here.

Download a registration form here.


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