Question of the Month August 2019

Our Question of the Month for July was based around our ‘Travel Safety’ themed  July newsletter. Cycling Scotland provided the question and they wanted to know: ‘Do you think media reporting contributes to negative attitudes and behaviour toward cycling?’   60% of respondents said Yes (9 votes) 33% of respondents said No (5 votes) 7% […]

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Thinking about the links between Community Safety & Public Health

David Barbour, SCSN Communications Officer Our Public Health and Community Safety Masterclass event in September will be one of the first major coming together occasions for community safety and public health practitioners. It’s great to see the ever evolving understanding and appreciation that both are inextricably linked. Some in community safety may be relatively new […]

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60 seconds with…Eibhlin McHugh, ScotPHN

We hear a lot these days about a ‘public health approach’ to tackling issues. Can you explain what this means/looks like? To improve Scotland’s public health record we need to work together to shift our focus towards preventing ill health, reducing inequalities and working more effectively in partnership. It is widely recognised that this requires […]

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Lived Experience & Community Safety – why it matters

by Dawn Exley, SCSN Business Support and Development Officer I’ve recently had the privilege of hearing about the life journeys of some exceptional people.  All bravely telling their stories to rooms of people all over the country with one thing in common.  They want to use their lived experience to help others and make the […]

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Community Safety Oversight in Ireland

In September 2018, the Republic of Ireland Commission on the Future of Policing recommended the establishment of a new Policing and Community Safety Oversight Commission to supersede the Policing Authority and the Garda Inspectorate. A core function of the new body would be to promote inter-agency working and scrutinise the role of all agencies as […]

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Question of the Month July 2019

Our Question of the Month for June came from Kirsten Horsburgh of the Scottish Drugs Forum, as part of our Alcohol, Drugs and Community Safety themed newsletter (prior to the release of the latest drug related death figures – see page 10). She asked: ‘Do you believe drug consumption rooms would improve community safety in […]

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Guest Article: Police Scotland & Road Safety

by Chief Inspector Stephen Innes, Road Policing Division Police Scotland is committed to reducing road casualties and through effective patrolling of the roads we seek to positively influence driver and road user behaviour, and make Scotland’s roads safer. Whilst Policing and the patrolling of our roads is essentially a 24/7 business, a range of bespoke […]

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SCSN on Tour: What would a Welsh Safety Network look like?

Dawn and Lorraine were in Newport last week speaking to Welsh community safety practitioners at the Wales Association of Community Safety Officers annual conference. WACSO is a group of Community Safety Professionals consisting of representatives from the 22 local authorities in Wales.  It works collaboratively across the whole of Wales and is a recognised independent […]

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Spotlight on Services: Glasgow Council on Alcohol

This month we take a look at an alcohol and drug service in Glasgow, the Glasgow Council on Alcohol, who work to reduce harm caused by alcohol and drugs with a range of programmes touching on a broader range of Community Safety issues – including reducing reoffending, social isolation , discrimination and gender based violence. […]

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Question of the Month June 2019

Our Question of the Month for May came from Dr. Marsha Scott of Scottish Women’s Aid. She wanted to know: Is your community Safety Partnership doing everything it can to keep victims/survivors safe from perpetrators of domestic abuse? 75% of respondents said yes 25% said they could do more Thanks to those who took part! […]

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