This interesting project involves collating, summarising and evaluating recent international evidence on ‘women and girls in the justice system’. The precise scope of the work and research questions will be decided in collaboration with justice analysts nearer the time but we anticipate that the successful intern will conduct a literature review which will provide a focussed women’s experience of different aspects of the justice system compared with men, for example reporting crime, advocacy and support services, giving evidence and perceptions of fairness. The research should also identify specific examples of good practice from the international literature in terms of supporting women victims and offenders through the criminal justice system, especially those who experience domestic abuse and sexual crimes, and also identify best practice for women who are in custody.
The findings and key messages will help inform policy development in this area.
The successful intern would work within Justice Analytical Services at the Scottish Government. They will be working closely with a Principal Researcher, as well as a supportive and engaged policy team. The main output will be an accessibly written and concise report and possibly an on-line presentation of the key findings.