Community Justice Authorities (CJAs) were set up across Scotland in April 2006 by the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005. The purpose of CJAs is to make our communities safer by reducing re-offending and improving the management of offenders.
North Strathclyde Community Justice Authority (NSCJA) brings together a range of statutory partners who provide offender services, enabling them to work together more effectively to tackle offending. CJAs are required to produce an area plan identifying how local partners will address the priorities of NSCJA. Our partners attend NSCJA meetings and directly contribute to the planning, monitoring and delivery of services.
So that we can achieve our goals, we are:
- developing closer working between NSCJA partners
- identifying the needs of offenders within the NSCJA area to inform service development
- developing the skills of the criminal justice workforce
- establishing a performance management and quality assurance system
Local authority councillors make up the NSCJA, with one elected member and a substitute from each of the constituent local authorities. The NSCJA meets four times a year and these meetings are open to the public. The functions of the NSCJA are carried out by the chief officer and support staff.
The constituent local authority areas within NSCJA are:
- Argyll and Bute
- East Dunbartonshire
- East Renfrewshire
- West Dunbartonshire
Meetings are held within Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley. Meeting Dates for 2014/15 are:
You can contact NSCJA on 0141 887 6133.