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SACRO – Bail Supervision Mentoring Service.

Last updated: 18th July 2024

Type of service:


Need supported:

  • Accommodation / Homelessness
  • Alcohol
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Drugs
  • Employability / Training / Career
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health / Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Military Veterans
  • Older People
  • Personal Development
  • Re-integration
  • Sectarian / Hate Crime
  • Sexual Offending
  • Short-term Prisoners
  • Women


Improved access to appropriate accommodation • Improved living skills and improved self-care • Improved mental health and well-being • Improved relationships and connections with friends and community. • Improved relationships with family • Supports in relation to aspects associated with parenting and caring • Reduced drug and alcohol use • Increased positive use of time • Improved ability to manage strong feelings/emotions • Reduction in the individual being in conflict with the law.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Other

Individuals aged 16+ engaging with a diversion from prosecution plan. The SACRO bail supervision mentoring programme is available to provide additional support to people where problematic alcohol and/or drug use is identified as having contributed to the individual being involved in conflict with the law. Individuals are initially referred for a diversion suitability assessment by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). This will be completed by the designated diversion worker. During this process the individual will also be assessed for inclusion in the bail mentoring service with SACRO, if problematic alcohol and/or drug use is identified to have contributed towards the individual finding themselves in conflict with the law. If the person is provided with the opportunity to engage with a diversion action plan a referral will be made at the same time as allocation to SACRO, whereby the SACRO bail mentor will start support work with the individual as per the agreed action plan.

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Further Information:

The service shall provide support for individuals who need assistance with re-settling into the community. Levels of support will vary depending on individual needs and risk levels but will initially be a minimum of one weekly session once in the community. Support is designed to enable supported persons to develop skills for independent living. Priority is given to supported persons who have served a custodial sentence and are subject to Release license or court mandated supervision or eligible for voluntary aftercare following release from prison within the last 12 months. Those subject to Community Payback Orders and who are assessed as having higher risks/needs may also be referred.