Use of custody for female offenders - challenges of reform

Excellent article in Holyrood magazine on the challenges faced in reforming the use of custody for female offenders.  read more

6th June 2016

Independent evaluation finds mentoring effective in reducing reoffending

An independent evaluation of the Scottish Government's Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) has concluded that "mentoring is an effective approach which helps mentees to learn and implement constructive, non-criminal ways of addressing problems in their lives and to reduce risk factors associated with offending behaviour, and that there is a strong case for the continuation and expansion of mentoring services".

12th February 2016

Working in partnership to deliver social justice

Christine Grahame MSP

The ‘Shine’ Women’s Mentoring Service – led by Sacro – was one of a handful of Public Social Partnerships (PSP) showcased at a special event held at the Scottish Parliament on 25 February 2015. The success of co-planning and joined up service delivery in reducing reoffending was the central focus of the event, which was sponsored by Christine Grahame MSP, Chair of the Justice Committee. 

26th February 2015

Research shows positive impact of mentoring service on female offenders

An independent evaluation of the ‘Shine’ women’s mentoring service has shown a considerable proportion of participants making progress towards a long term reduction in reoffending and increased integration into the community. Shine is a public social partnership, delivered by lead organisation Sacro in partnership with seven other voluntary sector organisations and supported by the Scottish Prison Service, Social Work Scotland and Scotland’s eight Community Justice Authorities.

19th February 2015

Introducing Shine Women's Mentoring Service

Scotland's national Women's Mentoring Service for women within the criminal justice system. Shine is a Public Social Partnership delivered by: Sacro, Access to Industry, Apex Scotland, Barnardos Scotland, Circle, Turning Point Scotland, Venture Trust and The Wise Group. The service is supported by Scottish Prison Service, Social Work Scotland and Scotland's Community Justice Authorities. Shine is funded by: The Scottish Government, The Robertson Trust and SPS.

10th February 2015