This page contains up-to-date information on our 2021-22 Strategic Objective 'Research and Promoting Effective Practice'. Find out who and how to contact us, get progress updates and more below.

Objective and Outcome

This objective is to produce research on national and international effective approaches to assessing and managing offenders who present a risk of serious harm to public safety.

This work will identify what measures perform well, exploring Scottish, national and international approaches. We will form meaningful relationships with stakeholders to provide support, advice and guidance. Ultimately, this objective is to inform improvements to and discussions around policy and service provision.

Project Leads

The Research and Promoting Effective Practice objective is a Strategic Development objective led by our Head of Development and Development Lead. Find out more about us, and how you can get in touch below.

Geoff Tordzro-Taylor (Head of Development)

I’ve worked in care, mental health and prison settings and qualified as a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Forensic Psychologist in 2019. When I first joined the RMA in 2017 I worked on training initiatives and standards and guidelines.  More recently I’ve moved into senior management where I’ve managed OLR functions, and supported agencies with risk assessment and management.  As Head of Development I have strategic responsibility for research, development and evaluation functions. I enjoy translating current thinking around risk assessment, formulation and management into research projects, approaches to assessment, and producing education and training initiatives.

@GTayRMA     #RMADevelopment

Rachel Webb (Development Lead)

I joined the RMA in 2015 as an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR) Case Worker after graduating with an MSc in Forensic Psychology. I have worked across the Delivery and Development Team and am now in the role of Risk Practice Lead (Development). Prior to joining the RMA, I worked in residential and secure care. I have published work on the Order for Lifelong Restriction, the use of LS/CMI in Scotland and Internet Offending. I have also published research that explores trauma, PTSD symptoms and aggression amongst looked after young people. As part of a recent voluntary role, I contributed to research examining body image amongst young women in Scotland.

@RachelWebbRMA     #RMADevelopment

Project Plan and Timeline

This is a significant project for the Development Team that has not yet begun, however stages will include:

  • Exercise to establish parameters of project
  • Prepare research proposal
  • Undertake Literature Review
  • Engage with stakeholders

Partners and Working Groups

Following establishing the parameters of the project, the Development team will identify relevant stakeholders.

Progress Updates

This strategic objective is yet to begin.

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