RMA Newsletter: July 2021

    21 July 2021, Mailing List, General

    This month: we welcome a new member of the #RMAScot team to support the OLR Qualitative Research Project; our Effective Practice Officer talks about her experience of delivering training online in our July blog, Training in This Brave New Virtual World; we're sharing more progress updates on our Strategic Objectives for the year, and we're looking for your feedback to help us improve our website…

    RMA News

    RMA Welcomes New Research Assistant

    We’re pleased to welcome Jihad Diab to the #RMAScot team this month! With a degree in Psychology and a masters in Research Methods in Psychology, Jihad is passionate about researching vulnerable populations to build understanding of how to support their lives. In his role here at the RMA, he’ll work with us to develop qualitative research to better understand the experiences of individuals with an OLR.

    Call for Feedback

    We are looking to improve our website, www.rma.scot. Below is a link to a short survey to gather anonymous feedback. It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback is hugely important to help us improve the website functionality, content, and the way we communicate. Thank you!

    RMA Blogs

    Our blogging platform is a space to express opinions and explore thoughts from the RMA team and guest bloggers. If you have a comment or have a topic in mind you’d like to write about, get in touch with the team: communications@rma.gov.scot


    Training in this Brave New World

    As the Coronavirus pandemic put a halt to our face-to-face training in 2020, the team have been working hard to re-develop our Police Risk Practice Training Course for online delivery. Here, our Risk Practice Officer Julie Webber tells us all about the process of taking training into the virtual realm…

    2021-22 Business Plan:

    We’re pleased to publish some updates on our 2020-21 Business Plan strategic objectives for the year, working to reduce the risk of serious harm and make Scotland safer.

    Development Team

    Our Development team have been busy developing a coding framework and database for a series of research papers. These papers will allow us to better understand the pattern, nature and seriousness of OLR offending behaviour at the point of sentencing. Data input has been our priority over the last few months and our focus now moves to how to best analyse the data.

    Effective Practice Team

    With the passing of the new UK Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill 2021, the Effective Practice team are reviewing the impact for the OLR sentence. Over the last couple of months, we’ve been focussed on completing rapid reviews of literature, due for publication later this year. This work will inform discussions around the assessment and management of Counter-Terrorism in the Scottish context.

    OLR Team

    Our OLR team recently welcomed our new temporary Research Assistant, Jihad Diab, to support the OLR Qualitative Research objective. With the objective well underway, the team have been making contact with Lead Authorities – specifically Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to begin the process of gaining ethics approval to conduct interviews.

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