Sacro Launches Circles of Support and Accountability Across Scotland
Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) is a model of intervention that assists in the monitoring and community re-integration of certain high risk individuals who commit sexual offences.
Following a successful pilot project in Fife, Sacro is now making CoSA available all across Scotland. The service was launched at an event in Dunfermline on 30 May attended by representatives from local authorities, police, CJAs, social work and voluntary sector.
CoSA has been available in England for some time and is now well established as a highly effective complement to statutory public protection arrangements. Stephen Hanvey of Circles UK who support and coordinate Circles in England and Wales launched the event by providing a background to the service and how it is developing across UK and Europe.
Fiona Rattray of Fife Council's Criminal Justice Social Work department and Dianne Foster, Sacro's Service Manager went on to explain the beginnings of the Fife service, the lessons learned from it and the potential for development of the service across Scotland.
The Fife CoSA pilot was independently evaluated by Dr Sarah Armstrong of the University of Glasgow and Dr Armstrong presented findings from her review of the four-year pilot which you can now access here.