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Martin Cawston

Learning, Development and Innovation Lead

Martin Cawston

Martin's role

Martin is a Learning, Development and Innovation Lead.  He believes in a community-first approach and that Scotland has the policy space to deliver justice differently, and better. Martin designs and delivers a range of learning products, ultimately with the aim of enabling the sector to support desistance from crime, become more trauma responsive, enhance public safety and change lives.  He is a certified national trainer for several validated risk assessment tools. A Scottish Improvement Leader (ScIL), Martin leads improvement through learning and collaboration,  providing expert advice on Quality Improvement methods to individuals and organisations. 


A former Probation Officer and SSSC registered Social Worker, Martin is qualified with a BA (Hons) First Class in Community Justice, Diploma in Probation Practice and a post-graduate MA in Social Work, with Distinction. He has over a decade of frontline case management experience, more recently specialising in Groupwork with men with convictions from sexual or domestic offences, while also delivering training with Fife Violence Against Women Partnership and as part of the Stable & Acute 2007 national trainers group.  In 2022, Martin joined Community Justice Scotland as a National Trainer and Advisor for the Caledonian System and took a lead role in authoring updates to programme manuals which successfully gained re-accreditation from the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation (SAPOR). Martin was appointed to his current role in September 2023.