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The Risk Management Authority in Scotland and the forensic psychiatrist as risk assessor

  • Laurence Tuddenham (a1) and John Baird (a2)
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The Risk Management Authority (RMA), Scotland's new body which oversees the conduct of assessments of convicted offenders placed on risk assessment orders, recently held its first annual lecture. This was given by Scotland's new Solicitor General, who observed that risk assessment orders are likely to be reserved for ‘extraordinary crimes committed by extraordinary people’. The first risk assessment orders have been made by Scottish courts and the risk assessors' reports are awaited with interest, not least in England, which has taken a different approach to dangerous offenders (Darjee & Crichton, 2002). It seems timely to review the more novel aspects of the Scottish system and the issues they raise for forensic psychiatry.

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The Risk Management Authority in Scotland and the forensic psychiatrist as risk assessor

  • Laurence Tuddenham (a1) and John Baird (a2)
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