- Social Care and Health
- Bail Services
- Children and young people who offend
- Community Payback Order
- Court Orders involving Unpaid Work in the community
- Court Services
- Court reports
- Diversion from Prosecution Scheme
- Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTO)
- Fines and Compensation Orders
- Prison Social Work at Addiewell Prison
- Prison Through-care and Aftercare
- Probation Orders
- Restriction of Liberty Orders
- Risk Assessment and Management
- West Lothian's Criminal Justice Teams and their services
- Working with people - confidentiality, communication, consultation and comments
Criminal and Youth Justice Service
West Lothian Council operates community-based Criminal & Youth Justice social work services throughout the council area, as well as prison-based social work services in Addiewell Prison for longer-term prisoners. We are committed to promoting community safety in order to help make West Lothian an even better place to live. We aim to increase public safety by reducing offending behaviour.
We are responsible for providing all criminal justice social work services for people resident in the council area. These include assessing the risk and circumstances of offenders in our community and in custody. Core services include: assessment reports such as Criminal Justice Social Work Reports and Home Circumstances Reports, which contribute to the decisions made by the Courts and the Parole Board as to whether an offender is able to remain in or return to the community; supervision and monitoring of offenders placed on a range of court and post-release orders and licences, all of which are intended to reduce both risk of reoffending and risk of harmful behaviour towards others; and provision of unpaid work opportunities for people otherwise at risk of custody.
The Criminal & Youth Justice Service is responsible for the management of Community Payback Orders which started in February 2011. If you have a possible project to be carried out by offenders as part of their Community Payback, please use our Community Payback Work Request form.
In order to achieve these aims, staff of the Criminal & Youth Justice Service work closely with other organisations. These include other areas of the council's social work services, such as Children and Families teams and services for people with mental health problems, housing providers, health services, Police and other partners in the justice system. Read about the West Lothian Reducing Re-offending Plan 2012-15, which explains how we will jointly develop services over the next few years.
As part of the Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority (new window), we work with a number of other organisations in south-east Scotland to co-ordinate our work and to improve our practice.
HOW TO CONTACT US
The Criminal & Youth Justice Service now operates from two main bases:
Main Office address: Criminal Justice Office, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston EH54 6FF
Tel: 01506 280999 Fax: 01506 281243
Addiewell Prison Social Work Team: HMP Addiewell, Station Road, Addiewell, West Lothian, EH55 8QA
Tel: 01506 874566 Fax: 01506 874563
IF VISITING US IN PERSON...
The Criminal Justice Office within the Civic Centre is normally open to visitors from 8.30 am to 5 pm (4 pm on Fridays). Please go to the main Civic Centre Reception. If you know who you need to speak to, please ask for that person. You may wish to bring your appointment letter with you. The Receptionist will try to contact the person you wish to see, or if that person is not at their desk, the main Criminal Justice number.
We also use facilities at Eagle Brae Depot, Ladywell, Livingston EH54 6AG for interviewing and for groupwork. The office is not permanently staffed by CJ workers. Service users should only attend there if specifically instructed to do so.
IF PHONING THE OFFICE...
Please use the numbers shown above. At times of pressure, calls may go to Voicemail. Please leave a number and the CJ Receptionist will phone you back.
All staff have individual voicemail, and will get back to you as soon as possible. However, if you are phoning about your court order, and are told by the telephonist that the worker you have asked for is off work, you should make sure that you speak directly to someone. If you have called at a time when there is no duty worker, we may have to call you back.
There is a duty Manager available from 9 am until 5 pm (4 pm on Fridays).
- CJ Leaflet CJ01 What the CJSWS does Nov 2011 (PDF, 35 Kb)
- Community Payback Work Request form (Word, 730 Kb)
- Guide to court sentences and commonly-used terms (Word, 80 Kb)
- Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority - 'Criminal Justice Social Work in Lothian and Borders' (PDF, 4 Mb)
- Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority - Annual Report 08/09 (PDF, 7.7 Mb)
- Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority - Area Plan 2008 (PDF, 1.5 Mb)
- Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority - Area Plan 2008 - 2011 (PDF, 1.5 Mb)
- Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority - Area Plan 2011-14 (PDF, 775 Kb)
- Research Paper: 'Chaotic Lives - A Profile of Women in the Criminal Justice System' (PDF, 335 Kb)
- Ulotka w języku polskim: Zycie w regionie West Lothian – Jazda samochodem w Zjednoczonym Królestwie (WLC Polish Leaflet: Living in West Lothian – Driving in the UK) (PDF, 215 Kb)
- Ulotka w języku polskim: Życie w regionie West Lothian – Przestępczość, policja oraz serwis w nagłych wypadkach (WLC Polish Leaflet: Living in West Lothian – Safety - Crime, police and emergency services) (PDF, 320 Kb)
- West Lothian Reducing Re-offending Plan 2012-15 (PDF, 3.1 Mb)
- WLC Criminal Justice Social Work '3 Year Service Plan 2008-11' (PDF, 90 Kb)
- WLC Criminal Justice Social Work 'Service Commissioning Statement 2009-2012' (PDF, 120 Kb)
- WLC Criminal Justice Social Work 'Service Standards Jan 2010' (PDF, 20 Kb)
- WLC Criminal Justice Social Work Newsletter #5 June 2008 (PDF, 235 Kb)
- WLC Criminal Justice Social Work Newsletter #6 August 2009 (PDF, 800 Kb)
- WLC Criminal Justice Social Work Newsletter #7 June 2010 (PDF, 710 Kb)
- WLC Criminal Justice Social Work Newsletter #8 Nov 2011 (PDF, 325 Kb)
- WLC Criminal Justice Social Work Newsletter #9 Dec 2012 (PDF, 1.18 Kb)