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Bail Supervision

Last updated: 10th July 2024


Bail supervision is a social work or third sector service that supports people to comply with the conditions of their bail where they are assessed as requiring a level of supervision, monitoring, and support to do so. It requires the individual to meet with a bail supervisor (or nominated worker from a relevant agency) a specified number of times per week, and can include the provision of direct support, as well as signposting and assistance to access relevant support services. It should be noted that electronic monitoring (EM) is an additional way of monitoring bail conditions that can be put in place, either in addition to or separately to bail supervision.

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In Aberdeenshire, Bail Supervision is provided by the Aberdeenshire Council Criminal Justice Social Work Service. Individuals who have been assessed as suitable for Bail Supervision, and who would otherwise have been held on remand, are released on bail on the condition that they meet with an identified bail supervisor from the Aberdeenshire Criminal Justice Social Work Service a specified number of times per week. The aim of these meetings being to support the individual to comply with the conditions of their bail, as well as monitor and manage their risk of reoffending within the community.