9.108After a perpetrator and a victim have been assessed as eligible to participate in the alternative process, two further assessments need to occur: first, whether a case should be excluded based on public interest criteria, or because it would pose an unacceptable risk to community safety (the risk assessment); and second, whether the case is otherwise suitable to proceed through the alternative process (the suitability assessment). These assessments are discussed below and in greater detail in Chapter 8.
9.109The risk assessment should be conducted through application of the risk assessment framework discussed in Chapter 8. The operational guidelines/good practice standards (see Appendix D) will need to set out how a provider should apply the risk assessment.
9.110We recommend that all providers should receive training on how to apply the framework. This decision of providers regarding the risk assessment would be subject to review by our proposed independent review panel: see further below.
9.112We recommend that providers should receive training on conducting suitability assessments, and that their decision regarding suitability should not be subject to review by our proposed independent review panel, for the reasons set out later in this chapter.