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Bail Supervision

Last updated: 27th June 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.

Further Information:

Midlothian provides supervision and monitoring for those made subject to bail with a supervision condition (Supervised Bail). This will be in collaboration with Change Grow Live and Edinburgh Sheriff Court Social Work Services. This is to enable Midlothian to fulfil the Scottish Government incentive to increase the provision and take up of Supervised Bail across Scotland. The service is available to both genders when clients are aged 16 or over. The service is available to all those at risk of Remand and its purpose is to provide support and assistance to help people remain in the community whilst their criminal matters progress. Assessments of suitability in general are initiated by request from the Court. The Supervised Bail Scheme have 2 new initiatives. Firstly, in relation to clients who are aged 21 or under, the supervised bail scheme will proactively provide assessments to Court on those who are appearing from Police Custody. The second initiative offers an Enhanced Supervised Bail Scheme for women offenders at high risk of custody which includes a rapid assessment and intensive support.