Enhancing Effective Practice in Community Supervision

Working in collaboration with our international partners, the RMA is developing an ambitious and unique pilot study to enhance effective practice in community supervision. The Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision research project, (led by James Bonta and Guy Bourgon of Public Safety Canada) demonstrated that the application of certain skills and techniques within a structured supervision session, with staff offered clinical supervision, resulted in reduction of reoffending of up to 19%.  Drawing on this research evidence from RNR practice and the empirical findings from the desistance literature, Guy Bourgon, Ralph Serin and Chris Lowenkamp are working closely with the RMA to develop an integrated Scottish training model and research study, which we aim to pilot in 2014.




The updated MAPPA document set published in June 2014 now adopts the consistent format of Risk Management Plan for those who pose a risk of serious harm. This is consistent with the tiered approach to assessment used by Criminal Justice Social Work (within LS/CMI) and also the Risk Management Plan for those subject to an Order for Lifelong Restriction.


This marks a signficiant milestone in developing the shared framework outlined in the FRAME policy. The RMA will continue to work with Scottish Government and MAPPA Strategic Oversight Groups on the implementation of training, to support this level of assessment within MAPPA.


Practice Process - Police

Working with Police Scotland, the RMA are developing a model of assessment that will support Offender Management Officers.


The ‘Framework for Risk Assessment, Management and Evaluation’ or FRAME has been developed with contributions from a range of agencies working in partnership with the RMA. This partnership working is critical to promote continuous improvement in this field.