FAQs - Risk Management Plans


What is the RMA's role in the OLR process?

The introduction of the OLR and all associated legislative provisions was handled by the Scottish Government. The RMA has a statutory duty to put into place the standards and guidelines for a risk assessment under the auspices of a RAO or an Interim Compulsion Order. The Standards and Guidelines is available to view on the publications page of this website. When a Judge is considering imposing an OLR he will order a Risk Assessment Order and appoint an RMA Accredited Risk Assessor to carry out a risk assessment and report back to the court in the form of a Risk Assessment Report (RAR). The RMA is responsible for accrediting and providing training to the Assessors who will prepare the RAR. THE RMA will also approve all Risk Management plans prepared during the nine months following the imposition of an OLR and annual reports for the duration of the sentence.


What is a Risk Management Plan (RMP)?

A Risk Management Plan (RMP) will be prepared by the lead authority for every offender who is subject to an OLR. The RMP sets out an assessment of risk, the measures to be taken for the minimisation of risk and how such measures are to be co-ordinated. The plan includes assessment and analysis of factors that may increase or prevent re-offending and gives recommendations for action. It requires inter-agency and multi-disciplinary working.


The Risk Assessment Report prepared for the High Court prior to sentencing should be developed by the lead authority, in the first months of the OLR being imposed, into a detailed Risk Management Plan (RMP).