Criminal Justice

Sacro provides a wide range of Criminal Justice Services, all of which are aimed at safeguarding communities and reducing offending within the community. These services work mainly with offenders and their families to support and assist them in addressing the issues which cause, or may cause them to offend.

Domestic abuse, Services for Women


Well-being support service for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Women


Aura provides gender-informed support for anyone affected by domestic abuse in North Lanarkshire regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic/religious background. Aura recognises that everyone’s experience is different and our support is tailored to your individual needs and circumstances.

Restorative justice

Adult Restorative Justice

Sacro’s Restorative Justice Service provides the Procurator Fiscal with an alternative to prosecution. Court proceedings are put on hold while Sacro establishes, through dialogue with the parties involved, if they can reach and complete an action plan more acceptable to them than court.

Community Justice

Alcohol Throughcare Service

Ayrshire Alcohol Throughcare Service (AATS) is a voluntary service that has been designed to assist and help prisoners under the age of 30 who have been convicted of a second offence related to alcohol and require a little help to make a fresh start. A Sacro support worker will work with you for a minimum of six weeks prior to your release from custody and continue to work with you for at least another six weeks post release.

Arrest Referral Service

The Arrest Referral Service engages with people at the point of arrest whose offending is linked to drug or alcohol misuse. By seeing the offender as soon as they are arrested, Sacro can offer them a pathway into harm reduction, treatment and rehabilitation services.

Bail Supervision

Bail Supervision is a direct alternative to being remanded in custody and is designed to reduce the risk of offending while on bail.

Community Payback Service

Please note our Community Payback Service cannot currently accept any referrals for decorating, removals or garden work as a result of Covid restrictions. We have a backlog of requests which have been on hold and have now closed our waiting lists. Sacro’s Community Payback Service works with people who have been involved in offending or anti-social behaviour. In partnership with the local authority, our officers supervise individuals placed on a Community Payback Order, giving them an opportunity to give something back to the community by providing a service of real benefit.

One to One Behaviour Change Programmes

These short term behaviour programmes are designed to promote discussion and reflection on areas of a young person’s life and their behaviour.


Sacro – Creating Opportunities to Develop through E-Learning Sacro and Glasgow Criminal Justice Social work have created a service that supports people with issues in their life that are causing difficulty. The S-CODE service is delivered digitally and offers the opportunity to take part in interactive e-learning modules, which are designed to help people make positive choices.

The Garden Project

The Garden Project offers adults a gardening pathway to social inclusion and employment.

Travel Service

Sacro’s Travel Service provides transport from Glasgow and Edinburgh & the Lothians to Scottish prisons, Murray Royal Hospital and the State Hospital at Carstairs.  

Services for Women

Another Way Service

Sacro's Another Way service works with any woman involved in selling or exchanging sex in Edinburgh, Lothians and Scottish Borders.

Community Justice, Mentoring

Bail Mentoring Service

The Sacro Bail Mentoring service works to prevent unnecessary custodial remands, re-offending on bail and non-attendance at court by offering a mentoring service

Domestic abuse

Caledonian Work Programme

The Caledonian Work Programme is an integrated approach to address domestic abuse by men towards a female partner or ex-partner

PAIR (Preventing Abuse in Relationships)

PAIR is a group work programme designed to promote equality, safety and respect within intimate relationships and to support desistance from harmful behaviour among men convicted of a domestic abuse related offence.

Public protection

Circles of Support and Accountability

“Offenders who desist are more likely to maintain an offence free life if communities acknowledge and reward the change through inclusion” (Maruna and McNeill (2007) We live in a society where sexual abuse provokes powerful responses within communities. The successful rehabilitation and reintegration of someone who commits sexual offences requires consideration of their needs, those of their victims and the community in which they live. Social isolation and emotional loneliness are key factors in increasing the risk of reoffending.

Conflict resolution

Community Mediation Service

Sacro Community Mediation services work with neighbours and neighbourhoods to deal with local disputes and help make communities safer.

Conflict Resolution Workshops

This service helps staff and pupils to be more aware of their own responses to conflict. Workshops suggest strategies to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for dealing with conflict situations which may arise in their professional and personal lives.

Fife Community Safety Support Service

Fife Community Safety Support Service (FCSSS) is a voluntary service delivered by Sacro and funded by Fife Council.

Mediation in Schools

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Conflict resolution, Restorative justice, Youth services

Crisis Intervention Service

Falkirk Crisis Intervention Service provides an out of hours Crisis Intervention and Mediation Service for Social Work Children and Families.

Housing support

Enhanced Framework Community Justice

The Aberdeen Enhanced Framework Service is a Housing Support Service centered on helping people to maintain or improve their quality of life.

Supported Accommodation Service

Sacro’s Supported Accommodation Service helps to reduce the risk of re-offending by assisting people with convictions to live independently within the community in their own accommodation.

Supported Tenancy Service

Sacro’s Supported Tenancy Service in Aberdeen is a housing support service for people with mental ill health who have been involved in the Criminal Justice System.

YourHome Housing Support

YourHome provides support to find, set up and and continue to live in suitable accommodation. The service can help people to avoid eviction or loss of accommodation as well as providing support in temporary accommodation.

Community safety, Domestic abuse


FearFree is a support service for any man, or LGBTI+ person experiencing domestic abuse.

Community safety, Mentoring

Forces of Nature

Supporting military veterans and their families through outdoor activities.

Housing support, Youth services

Homeless Supported Accommodation Service

Moray has two homeless supported accommodation units which are located in Elgin; one at Covesea Road (ages 16-24) and the other at Guildry House (ages 24+).

Community Justice, Public protection, Youth services

Intensive Support Packages for Young People

The service supports young people in Aberdeen city with a realistic community based alternative to secure accommodation or custody.

Community Justice, Public protection

Learning/Disability Intensive Support Service

Sacro’s Learning/Disability Intensive Support Service in Aberdeen focuses on maximising outcomes for Supported People including promoting independence and reducing over-support.

Mentoring, Youth services

New Routes

  New Routes – A Scotland wide public social partnership offering a Mentoring Service to young male prolific offenders.  

Youth services


Young people make a significant contribution to ensuring our communities are vibrant, inclusive and dynamic. We believe that the opportunity to flourish should be provided to all young people, irrespective of their personal or social circumstances, and we aim to support them to achieve their potential.

Young People Inclusion Project

Sacro’s Young People Inclusion Project focuses on promoting social inclusion for vulnerable young people. The project supports young people to gain access to local services, provides advocacy and promotes positive decision making with the aim of reintegration into the community.

Youth Group Work Programmes

Group work sessions for three or more young people to discuss the causes and consequences of their offending behaviour.

Conflict resolution, Youth services

School's Out

School’s Out Moray is a Moray-wide LGBTQI service run by Sacro for young people and those who work with them. Our key aim is to bring together the various strands of support available for LGBTQI people in the Moray area, as well as plug the gaps in service provision for young LGBTQI people within Moray.

Mentoring, Services for Women


Shine is a national mentoring service for women offenders. The service is provided as a public social partnership (PSP); a strategic partnership between public and voluntary sector organisations. Sacro is the lead delivery partner and works with seven other voluntary sector agencies: Access to Industry, Apex Scotland, Barnardos, Circle Scotland, Turning Point Scotland, Venture Trust and The Wise Group. 

Women's Mentoring Service

Sacro's Women’s Mentoring Service provides a mentor who helps women build their self-esteem and confidence. Mentors are able to offer both practical and emotional support. The service helps women to develop their independence and quality of life, improve their social skills and motivation and work towards addressing a life free of offending.

Community safety

STOP (Anti-sectarianism / hate crime services)

STOP is a Scottish Government-funded service which tackles Sectarian and all other Hate Crime offending. The service is available to anyone aged 12 and over who has been charged with a first time and/or a low to moderate level Sectarian or Hate Crime offence.


Veterans Mentoring Service

Sacro's Veterans Mentoring Service is a service for military veterans who are currently in or are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system. The service will work closely with the veteran to put an intensive support plan in place where strategies can be developed to cope with their specific needs. The aim of the service is to enable the service user to enjoy sustainable, independent living.

Restorative justice, Youth services

Youth Restorative Justice Services

Sacro’s Youth Restorative Justice Services are based on restorative principles. These services offer support to those affected by and those responsible for harm.