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S5W-21679: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12110 by Michael Matheson on 3 November 2017, whether it will provide an update on the (a) status of the consultation and (b) the work that it has carried out with the justice and third sector partners.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 1 March 2019

As set out in Programme for Government we want to have restorative justice services widely available across Scotland by 2023 and will publish a Restorative Justice Action Plan by Spring 2019 that will set out how we will deliver this aim.

We are working in collaboration with a range of partners to develop the Action Plan. This has included issuing a questionnaire to Local Authorities, the report from which was published in June 2018

(https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/factsheet/2018/06/
restorative-justice-survey-response-analysis/documents/0619124e-706e-4abb-81a4-070e1
de8bd55/0619124e-706e-4abb-81a4-070e1de8bd55/govscot:document
), and holding two stakeholder workshops in November 2018. We are also engaging with members of the Restorative Justice Forum.

Further consultation activity will be undertaken prior to finalising the Action Plan. This will include consulting on an order under section 5(2) of the Victims and Witnesses Act 2014, to prescribe who must have regard to the 'Guidance for the Delivery of Restorative Justice in Scotland'.