Scottish Association for the Study of Offending

Help Shape Services for Looked After Children and Young People

With the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 there are big legislative changes taking place in Scotland this year that will directly impact looked after children and young people, care leavers and the professionals who support them.

Against this background of opportunity and uncertainty, the Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF) is beginning a consultation with organisations across all sectors to better understand the issues and concerns they have about this new act, for themselves and their service users.

If you provide any service to children or young people, even if you have not identified them as being in care or having left it, please complete STAF’s short online survey, which will take no more than 4 or 5 minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed at:

Established in 1998, STAF has a strong record of actively engaging with frontline workers and managers throughout the country, representing their views in its work influencing senior policy makers in the public sector and national government. STAF’s aim is to improve the services looked after children and young people receive and to address the inequality of outcomes for them in education, health and employment.

The results of this research will inform and influence STAF’s work with service providers throughout Scotland to improve the lives of young people with experience of living in care today.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact STAF’s Communications Manager Julian Dawydiak on 0141 357 4124, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information about STAF’s work can be found at

Community Payback Order Requirements - Information Pack

The CJA Communication Strategy Group has recently designed and printed a CPO Requirement Pack to encourage uptake and give practitioners and sentencers more confidence in the wide range of requirements available as part of a Community Payback Order.  This pack is a quick reference guide providing focussed, key points, for each of the requirements.  

The pack is available online at

Printed copies are also available by contacting
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SASO Glasgow Branch Opening Debate - Thursday 2 October 2014

SASO Glasgow Branch opens its 2014-15 seminar series on Thursday 2 October with a debate entitled:
 "This house believes Stop and Search should be placed on a statutory footing"

In the chair:  Lord Bonomy

For the motion:  Bruce Adamson, Scottish Human Rights Commission & Kath Murray, University of Edinburgh

Against the motion:  Professor Ross Deuchar, University of the West of Scotland  & Graeme Pearson, MSP

This is an open meeting.  All welcome.  Further details available here.

Full details of the SASO Glasgow Branch programme of seminars for 2014-15 available here.


SASO 45th Annual Conference

Copies of guest presentations at SASO's 45th Annual Conference held on 14 & 15 November 2014 at Dunblane Hydro, now available.  

Click here to download

SASO Dumfries & Galloway Branch Programme 2014-15

SASO Dumfries & Galloway Branch programme for 2014-15 now available for download here.

The first meeting in the series will be held on Thursday 18 September at 5.30 pm.
"The Social Work Programme, Crime, Justice & Society Module"
Guest Speaker - John Sturgeon, Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland, Dumfries, together with social work students.

Venue:  Criminal Justice Social Work, Community Payback Workshop, 8 King Street, Dumfries, DG2 9AN.

All welcome.

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