§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Directors of social work are notified in advance of the release of offenders when a person has been convicted of an offence under schedule 1 to the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975 against children under the age of 17 years. This includes incest or other forms of sexual assault and cruel and unnatural treatment of children. Local authority social work departments will determine in the light of individual cases if victims or their representatives should be advised of the release of an offender. In addition the Scottish Prison Service informs the police and social work departments of the release of all prisoners on parole.