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Scott Smith

Learning, Development & Innovation Lead

Scott Smith

Scott's role

Scott is a Learning Development and Innovation Lead, tasked with driving learning through innovation. Scott focuses on the design and delivery of world-class training and professional development in collaboration with justice sector partners and the wider Scottish workforce. He has a particular interest in the evidence base and use of structured professional judgement risk assessment and analysis in reducing the likelihood of reoffending. Scott is an LS/CMI Master Trainer, which allows him to train other trainers in the use of this risk assessment tool worldwide.


Prior to joining Community Justice Scotland, Scott spent over a decade working in ‘frontline’ Children and Families roles. This has provided Scott with extensive practitioner experience of the impact of trauma and the importance of assessing and addressing individualised need.

Scott has taught in both mainstream and additional needs provisions, and holds a post graduate diploma in education. Scott is passionate about incorporating contemporary learning theory in to the design and delivery of training products, incorporating his past experiences in to andragogical models.

Scott’s initial degree way back was in mathematics, and he keeps these skills sharp by being involved where possible in modelling and data projects. Of particular note here was Scott’s work in leading on securing additional funding for Justice Social Work following the restart of Court services post pandemic.