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Community Payback Order: Treatment: Drugs


Local Authority area:


Primary Courts of relevance:

Aberdeen, Banff, Peterhead

All information provided by:

Aberdeen Community Justice Partnership

Aberdeenshire Community Justice Information

Published: 23 April 2021

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Community Payback Order: Treatment: Drugs

Interventions suitable for

No specific national or local schemes are available.

Programme Title and Provider

Treatment: Drugs

Details of all Specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available

No specific national or local schemes are available.

Possible Outcomes

As per National Outcomes and Standards for Criminal Justice Social Work:

  1. Community safety and public protection
  2. The reduction of re-offending
  3. Social inclusion to support desistance from offending

In terms of Community Justice Outcomes, a Drug Treatment Requirement could contribute towards:

  • Effective Interventions are delivered to prevent and reduce the risk of further offending.
  • People have better access to the services they require, including welfare, health and wellbeing, housing and employability.
  • Life chances are improved through needs, including health, financial inclusion, housing and safety, being addressed
  • Individuals’ resilience and capacity for change and self-management are enhanced.

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

The Court will be informed through the Criminal Justice Social Work Report (CJSWR) of the individual’s suitability and readiness for such a requirement. Prior to the use of a Drug Treatment Requirement being proposed within the Criminal Justice Social Work Report, agreement will have been reached between support services locally to ensure that the requirement can be implemented effectively. Such a requirement would only ever be suggested where the individual is in agreement however, as both Community Substance Misuse Services and Clinic Substance Misuse Service acknowledge that a person within their service is more likely to be ‘ready to address change’ in their use of substances if they approach such services themselves, and not having been ‘instructed’ to by means of a legal Court Order.

Where no specific scheme/intervention is available, is there capacity to provide a bespoke service based on judicial request?

Yes, via a Stand Down Report from the Aberdeenshire Court Social Worker (Aberdeen and Peterhead Sheriff Courts) or Criminal Justice Social Worker (Banff Sheriff Court).