Policy & Research

We believe in contributing to positive change by sharing our legal expertise and the expertise of people who have lived experience of the issues we work on.

We respond to policy consultations and write policy briefings on issues that matter to our clients. We also contribute to academic research and to joint monitoring and policy reports, as well as to best practice resources in the areas in which we work.

Explore our resources below, or search for factsheets and resources by topic.

Policy consultation responses

Impact of Covid-19 on Individuals with No Recourse to Public Funds  (PDF)

09/10/2020

Written response to call for evidence by the Local Government and Communities Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the impact of Covid-19 on individuals with no recourse to public funds in Scotland, submitted by JustCitizens at JustRight Scotland and the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre on 9 October 2020.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Review 2020  (PDF)

09/10/2020

Written response to call for evidence by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Review 2020 on proposed reforms of the CICA scheme, submitted by JustRight Scotland and the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre on 9 October 2020.

Proposed Right to Food (Scotland) Bill  (PDF)

15/09/2020

Written response to call for evidence by the Scottish Parliament consultation on the proposed Right to Food (Scotland) Bill, submitted by JustCitizens at JustRight Scotland on 15 September 2020.

Legal Aid Reform in Scotland  (PDF)

23/09/2019

Written response to call for evidence by the Scottish Government Justice Directorate on approaches to reforming legal aid in Scotland, submitted by JustRight Scotland on 23 September 2019.

Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill  (PDF)

04/01/2019

Written response to call for evidence by the Scottish Government on proposed Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill, submitted by JustRight Scotland and the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre on 4 January 2019.

Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015  (PDF)

22/12/2018

Written follow up to oral evidence session on 22 November 2018 on Scottish practice in relation to the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, submitted by the Scottish Guardianship Service and JustRight Scotland on 1 December 2018.

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers from Sexual Harassment  (PDF)

12/02/2018

Written response to call for evidence by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the protection of workers from sexual harassment and campaigns and initiatives that succeed in bringing about positive cultural change in the workplace, submitted by the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre on 12 February 2018.

Equally Safe Draft Delivery Plan  (PDF)

29/06/2017

Written response to call for evidence by the Scottish Government on the Equally Safe draft delivery plan, submitted by the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre on 29 June 2017.

Research reports

Assisting Trafficked Women: Best Practice Principles  (PDF)

15/12/2020

This report documents and explores best practice principles for integration of women affected by human trafficking for sexual exploitation, drawn from an innovative two-year anti-trafficking project funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (EC AMIF: 821581). The project provided trafficked migrant women across Europe with legal advice, information and support in accessing material assistance (social and financial). The lead partner for this project was the Immigrant Council of Ireland with co-partners SOLWODI Germany, BeFree Italy, SURT Spain and the European Network of Migrant Womenand JustRight Scotland.

Assisting Trafficked Women: Summary  (PDF)

15/12/2020

This document summarises best practice principles for integration of women affected by human trafficking for sexual exploitation, set out in full in the accompanying report: “Assisting Trafficked Women: Best Practice Principles” (2020) The project provided trafficked migrant women across Europe with legal advice, information and support in accessing material assistance (social and financial). The lead partner for this project was the Immigrant Council of Ireland with co-partners SOLWODI Germany, BeFree Italy, SURT Spain and the European Network of Migrant Womenand JustRight Scotland.

Real people, real lives: Ten years of advocacy for victims of slavery in the UK  (PDF)

13/09/2019

This report summarises the important work carried out by the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group since 2009. Through building a ‘critical friendship’ with the UK Government, the ATMG has achieved considerable success, in particular in the areas of legal reform, resource allocation and political attention. The progress made by the UK in implementing the Council of Europe Anti-Trafficking Convention was acknowledged by GRETA in its second report on the UK, published in October 2016, which welcomed the political attention to tackling human trafficking, the adoption of dedicated legislation, as well as the multi-agency approach and engagement with civil society.