Scottish Association for the Study of Offending

This house believes that the implementation of Human Rights has gone too far

SASO Glasgow Branch begins it's 2013-2014 seminar session on Thursday 3 October 2013 with a debate, chaired by David Strang, QPM, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and Chair of SASO National Branch.

Speaking FOR the motion will be George Moore, QC and Andrew Tickell (Hertford College, University of Oxford)

Speaking AGAINST the motion will be John Scott, QC and Professor Kenneth Norrie (Law School, University of Strathclyde).

Click here for full details and to download the debate flyer.   ALL WELCOME at the Assembly Hall, Police Scotland, Pitt Street, Glasgow commencing 6.30 pm.


HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland to address SASO Edinburgh Branch seminar

David Strang, HMP Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland to address the SASO Edinburgh Branch on Tuesday 1 October 2013.  His presentation entitled "From Policing to Prisons" will be the first in a series of seminars organised by the Edinburgh Branch over the coming months.  For full details and to download a copy of all upcoming Edinburgh events visit the Edinburgh branch page here.

Doing Children Justice: The Impact of Imprisonment on Dependent Children

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Strathclyde Centre for Law, Crime and Justice
Glasgow City Centre

Albie Sachs, Supreme Court Justice and award winning writer will lead a high profile panel discussion with the audience about the impact of imprisonment on dependent children.

When a parent is imprisoned, what is the impact on the child?

As a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UK is committed to taking the best interest of children into account as a ‘primary consideration’ for any decision that affects them.  But what exactly does and should ‘primary consideration’ mean? How can and should parental imprisonment be managed so as to minimise the impact on the child? And how should the impact on a child be assessed and weigh in the balance in the remand and sentencing decision-making process?

Led by Justice Albie Sachs, South African Constitutional Court, the panel will stimulate audience discussion.

It will ask whether Scotland’s criminal justice system recognises and addresses its impact on the children and families of defendants and offenders.

In the landmark S v M case, Justice Sachs ruled that all judges must take the likely impact on children into account when a parent faces imprisonment.  Should this be done in Scotland? If so, how? And what would it mean for the use of custody if the parent-child relationship is assessed as being weak or even harmful?

The Speakers:- 

Justice Albie Sachs, Constitutional Court of South Africa, and one of the chief architects of the widely admired new South African constitution. Justice Sachs is also an internationally acclaimed writer and inspirational speaker.

Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Sarah Roberts, Child & Family Support Manager, Families Outside

Kate Philbrick, Toybox and European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents

All welcome, but booking is essential. Please register without delay.

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Kenny MacAskill to address SASO's 44th Annual Conference

SASO's 44th Annual Conference - "Reforming Justice:  Reforming Scotland" (15 & 16 November at Dunblane Hydro) will close with a keynote address from Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill on "Reforming Community Justice".   The two-day event will be chaired by Colin McConnell, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service and include keynote addresses from Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms; Caroline Gardner, Auditor General; Professor Fergus McNeill; Sheriff Tom Welsh, QC; Jim Kerr; and Police Scotland's DCC Rose Fitzpatrick as well as a Practitioner's Panel and Delegate Interactive Session. This is an ideal forum for all criminal justice disciplines to explore and discuss justice and punishment in contemporary Scotland.  Residential and non-residential delegate rates available with reduced rates for non-statutory sector organisations and individuals.  For further details of exhibition opportunities e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Zero Tolerance: VAW in the media - have your say!

Zero Tolerance are currently conducting focus groups to analyse audience perceptions of news concerning violence against women.  If you would like to participate in a focus group session and are interested in sharing your opinion or having your say about press coverage of gender-based violence please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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