Justice Service

This is a referral service. Referrals are made by:

  • Courts
  • Prisons
  • Procurator Fiscal Service

We work in partnership with the justice system. We liaise with court staff, inform and monitor court proceedings, and ensure non-custodial options are available that can reduce re-offending and address underlying causes of offending.

We provide services for people who have been through the justice system. People want to be productive and make positive contributions to their communities – we work together to help them achieve better outcomes. We aim to:

  • Help people to make the move from prison to the community
  • Prevent re-offending
  • Enable people to give back to their community

We work with other agencies, organizations and stakeholders such as Youth Justice, Adult Support and Protection and MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements).

Supporting change, preventing reoffending

Diversion from prosecution

We create a structured plan of work, as part of people’s Community Payback Order or Throughcare License. We help people to change their attitudes and beliefs, understand the impact of their behaviour, develop problem solving skills, deal with situations differently, develop strategies to prevent a return to offending.

Suitable for people with substance misuse issues, accused women,  young people aged 16-17 years, or people with mental ill-health or a learning disability. Preventative measures (for people charged with minor offences), include:

Attendance is a mandatory part of licence conditions. If employed, we will try to accommodate attendance outside of working hours.

The Caledonian System

We provide help to families affected by domestic abuse through The Caledonian System.

Throughcare Service

We provide social worker support during a sentence to help prisoners to prepare for release. Anyone released from prison can receive voluntary aftercare for up to 12 months.

People serving longer sentences will be released with a requirement that they are supervised on statutory licences for a specified period such as non-parole, parole, life licence, extended supervision.

Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO)

If drug problems have contributed to offending, the court may impose a DTTO. The individual is placed under the supervision of a social worker and an addiction staff member is responsible for treatment and testing. Reviews are held at Court by the Sheriff.

Working in communities

Community Payback Orders (CPOs)

CPOs are court-imposed orders that include:

  • Supervision
  • Unpaid work
  • Alcohol/drug treatment
  • Mental ill-health treatment
  • Programme requirement: Caledonian System (domestic abuse), Moving Forward Making Changes (sexual offences)
  • Compensation

A CPO can last from 6 months to 3 years. Non compliance can result in a return to court and an alternative disposal being imposed, including a custodial sentence.

Unpaid work group projects can include:

  • Litter and graffiti removal
  • Building garden furniture and planters (income donated to local charities)
  • Working in a market garden (income donated to local charities)
  • Repairing and painting community halls
  • Creating play areas and planting beds in schools
  • Environmental conservation work
  • Delivering donations to food banks

Up to five supervised squads can be working across communities on any day of the week.

Unpaid work individual projects can include:

  • Working in a charity shop
  • Working in museums and community centres
  • Making craft items
  • 30% (or 30 hours of the order, whichever is less) can be used to undertake other beneficial activity, e.g. training courses.

To find out how we can help, please contact:

  • Justice Service (CPO, Throughcare), North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, 157 New Street, Stevenston KA20 3Hl, call 01294 463924
  • Justice Service (CPO Unpaid Work), North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Unit 4 Block 2, Moorpark Industrial Estate, Stevenston KA20 3JT, call 01294 608900

For Ayrshire-wide Justice Service (including The Caledonian System, Women’s Service, DTTO) please contact Ayrshire Justice Partnership, Unit 83, Third Avenue, Irvine KA12 8HN, call 01294 322640