Rania Hamad is currently Professional Justice Social Work Adviser for the Scottish Government. She is seconded from her role as Senior Practitioner for Hate Crime and Restorative Justice for the City of Edinburgh Council’s Criminal Justice Social Work service, responsible for service developments in relation to working with people who have been convicted of hate offences, and developing a Restorative Justice service for hate crime in partnership with Police Scotland. Rania has an MA in Sociology with Gender Studies and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Edinburgh, and has been employed as a social worker for the City of Edinburgh Council for 12 years.
During this time Rania has worked in youth justice, general criminal justice services, groupwork services, HMP Edinburgh, the Willow Service (a trauma-informed service for women involved in the criminal justice system), and is a qualified Practice Teacher.
Rania is a member of Community Justice Scotland’s Academic Advisory Group, and is also in her second year of a part-time PhD in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on hate crime and reducing re-offending and harm in this area.
Rania’s work with CYCJ