Scottish Association for the Study of Offending



Thursday 8 May 2014 - Assembly Hall, Police Scotland, 173 Pitt Street, Glasgow

1300 hrs - 1900 hrs

In the Chair:  The Rt Hon the Lord Hope of Craighead KT

Guest Speakers:  Dr Helen Minnis, Senior Lecturer in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Glasgow;  Sue Berelowitz; Deputy Children's Commissioner & Chief Executive, Office of the Children's Commissioner, London;  Lars Wallinder, Ministry of Justice, Sweden;  Malcolm Schaffer, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration;  Professor Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology, Head of Law School, University of Edinburgh.

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Children: Offending & Offended Against - 8 May 2014

SASO Glasgow Branch Conference - 8 May 2014

Assembly Hall, Police Scotland, 173 Pitt Street, Glasgow

1.00 pm - 7.00 pm

In the Chair:  The Rt Hon the Lord Hope of Craighead, KT

Guest Speakers:  Sir Harry Burns;  Sue Berelowitz;  Lars Wallinder;  Malcolm Shaffer; Professor Lesley McAra

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Places limited.  Registration essential.  Download a registration form here.

3 April 2014 - The Connections Programme for Women Offenders

SASO Aberdeen Branch Seminar - Thursday 3 April 2014

"The Connections Programme for Women Offenders" 

Guest Speaker:  Lesley Simpson, Service Manager, Aberdeen City Criminal Justice Social Work

5.45 pm in Room N204, Riverside East Building, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee, Aberdeen

This is an open meeting.  All welcome.  Free car parking.

Breaking the cycle: taking an evidence- based approach to reducing reoffending - 4 March 2014

SASO Edinburgh Branch Seminar - Tuesday 4th March 2014

Guest speaker:  Christine Scullion, Head of Development, The Robertson Trust
5.30 pm  Edinburgh Sheriff Court

The Robertson Trust is Scotland’s largest independent grant making Trust and every year it funds a wide range of third sector organisations across the country. One of the Trust’s key development areas is criminal justice and it currently funds and evaluates a wide range of charitable projects that work with offenders both during their time in prison and after they are released into the community.

Christine Scullion will discuss The Robertson Trust’s journey over the last 10 years as it has moved towards becoming an evidence- based funder. She will share the key learning from the Trust’s long term investment in projects that aim to reduce re-offending and discuss how working with the Scottish Government in initiatives such as the Reducing Re-offending Change Fund has helped to inform how The Robertson Trust will fund and evaluate criminal justice projects going forward.

This is an open meeting.  All welcome.

An Evening with Tam Baillie, Scotland's Commissioner for Children & Young People

SASO Fife Branch event - Tuesday 20 May 2014, 6 pm for 6.30 pm start at the Town House, Kirkcaldy

In May 2009, Tam took up the post of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. As the Commissioner, Tam’s remit is to have regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to encourage the involvement of children and young people in the work of the Commissioner and to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland. These rights are set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the UK Government signed up to in 1991.

Prior to taking up his appointment as Commissioner Tam worked as a practitioner with children and young people for 30 years, primarily with young offenders, young people in and leaving care and the homeless. Tam has worked in both Scotland and England in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. He was the Director of Policy for Barnardo’s Scotland from 2003 and worked extensively on children’s policy and rights issues.

Tam is a member of the Early Years Task Force

Tam has spoken to many organisations and recently presented to the Judicial Institute for Scotland, the body responsible for providing training to Judges. Among recent topics he has spoken on;

-          Young people and the criminal justice system

-          The use of YOI for under 16 year olds

-          Challenges for the Children’s Hearing system

-          The age of criminal responsibility

-          His role and the UNCRC

 Tam is an excellent speaker, not only highly informative but hugely entertaining. Rather than restrict him to any one topic we  have asked him to present an open script. If there are any particular issues or questions you would like to discuss feel free to e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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