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Keith Gardner

Specialist Advisor

Keith Gardner

Keith's role

Keith’s role is to liaise with key partner agencies, e.g. Scottish Government, Social Work Scotland / Justice Social Work, etc. and advise colleagues in Community Justice Scotland on work being planned and undertaken across the sector. Keith has a special interest in legislation and data protection and works with partners on advising, developing and improving a range of activities and products, e.g. Electronic Monitoring, national guidance, information sharing, etc.


Keith’s previous roles have included being a Registered Mental Health Nurse with the NHS, Social Worker (prison and community-based), Social Work manager (as Criminal Justice Manager / Depute Chief Social Work Officer). Since his first post as a Senior Social Worker in 1998 his work experience has focused on, amongst other aspects, the assessment, management and reintegration of people with a history of high-risk behaviours. Over the years, he has worked with many agencies and partners to develop policies, practices and protocols at local and national levels including the delivery of multi-agency training.

His motivation remains the same as throughout his career in justice: working with people to make a difference to those whose lives have been affected by involvement with the criminal justice system in Scotland.

Recently published articles

How the Revised National Strategy for Community Justice Can Lead the Way to Change Lives

Why We Need to be Braver When It Comes to Justice Reform