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CJOIP

Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan

The Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 requires partners to publish a Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan (CJOIP) for each Local Authority area, outlining how they intend to work together to reduce reoffending. They must report annually on progress against nationally and locally determined outcomes.

The CJOIP provides the strategic framework for the Community Justice Ayrshire Partnership. Local strategic assessment of strengths and needs will be undertaken during the development of each plan, including significant engagement with stakeholders and communities.

The plan will link closely to the Local Outcome Improvement Plans (LOIPs) developed by each Community Planning Partnership and will also link to the National Strategy for Community Justice and the Outcomes, Performance, and Improvement (OPI) Framework. These documents outline several nationally determined outcomes, indicators, and improvements for community justice.

Scottish Government and Community Justice Scotland Update

In May 2021, the Scottish Government and Community Justice Scotland issued a joint statement in relation to the review of the National Strategy for Community Justice and Review of the Outcomes, Performance, and Improvement Framework (OPIF). It outlined the Scottish Government’s intention to review the Strategy in Summer 2021 and informed that Community Justice Scotland have reviewed the OPIF and concluded that it needs to be revised.

A further update was issued by Scottish Government in April 2022, outlining expected timescales for the publication of the revised National Strategy and provided information to Community Justice Partners in relation to the potential impact on local planning and reporting.  The new National Strategy for Community Justice was published on Thursday 30 June 2022 (National Strategy for Community Justice).    The OPIF is expected to be published at a later date, following a period of development after the strategy publication.

Community Justice Ayrshire Partnership Position

The Ayrshire Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan (CJOIP) 2018 to 2021 came to an end in March 2021. A review has been undertaken and work has begun to establish the evidence base for a new plan, through a Strategic Needs and Strengths Assessment. The Community Justice Ayrshire Board have agreed that the Ayrshire CJOIP should not be revised at this time.

We want to ensure that our new plan aligns and reflects the new OPIF and new Strategy, therefore we are taking a pragmatic approach and will review and revise the Ayrshire CJOIP following publication of these documents. Community Justice Scotland were consulted as part of this decision-making process and agree with this approach.

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