This Service offers a free and confidential advice service to men and women within the criminal justice system. We can take referrals directly from criminal justice social workers, which helps reduce waiting times for urgent advice and addresses the problem of poor voluntary engagement with support services among this client group. In order to make the service as accessible as possible, initial appointments can be offered at either the CAB or the Criminal Justice Service at Kilncraigs.
The advice and support provided has produced positive outcomes in a range of ways, including assisting people to access emergency financial assistance, securing benefit entitlements, reducing money worries, and preventing homelessness. In addition, individuals have been provided with representation at benefit tribunals, as well as support and advocacy at appointments with lawyers, in court, or at the Jobcentre.