SCSN review of Street Cones CPO film

by Dawn Exley, National Development Officer On Thursday 27th August, we attended the launch of the Street Cones ‘Something to Lose’.  Commissioned by Community Justice Glasgow, the film follows the fictional journey of a young man on a Community Payback Order ‘CPO’ and the impact it has on his life (as an alternative to a […]

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Guest Blog: Niven Rennie, Director, VRU

A Public Health Approach to reducing crime 2020 hasn’t been the best of years. There aren’t too many silver linings to a global pandemic, but what has been encouraging to see is the renewed appreciation for public health. ‘Viral load’ and ‘R numbers’ have become part of everyday dinner table conversation as people learn more […]

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Question of the Month September 2020

Our Question of the Month for August was based around our Conversation With Dr Christine Goodall of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP). We discussed issues around alcohol arising from the Covid 19 pandemic, including anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, unintentional harm and more. We asked: Have you been aware of increases in anti-social behaviour […]

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Youth Justice – A rights based approach to getting it right

by Dawn Exley, SCSN National Development Officer We recently attended a seminar from Red Harbour on youth justice and how a rights-based approach could be key to changing the system for the better. Dr Claire Lightowler – Director of the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice, presented on her work ‘Rights Respecting? Scotland’s approach […]

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Do our attitudes to crime and punishment promote safer communities?

by David Barbour, SCSN Communications Officer A few recent prominent media stories got our team, and myself in turn, interested in thinking more about this. The first was the case of a 15 year old boy arrested and charged with the killing of a Shetland pony in West Lothian. It brought about strong feeling. Comments […]

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Road Safety Framework Consultation Open

  The Scottish Government Consultation on the Road Safety Framework to 2030 is now open. The Road Safety Framework to 2030 sets out a compelling long-term vision for road safety, Vision Zero, where there are zero fatalities and injuries on Scotland’s roads by 2050. The journey to achieving this vision will also include ambitious interim […]

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Question of the Month August 2020

Our Question of the Month for July related to a guest blog  by Nicola Hanssen of ROAR Connections for Life. She wrote about some of the dilemmas we face as families and as a society when seeking to look after the health of our elderly relatives. We asked, Should over 80s have their driving ability […]

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Child sexual offences in Scotland rise by 30% in five years

More than 5,000 child sex offences recorded by Police Scotland in 2019/20 Childline counselling sessions about sexual abuse in the family triple across UK during lockdown NSPCC urges Scottish Government to draw up a Child Sexual Abuse Strategy that puts victims and prevention at its core Police Scotland recorded an average of 15 child sex […]

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SCSN Covid Webinar Briefings

Over the past couple of months we’ve been attending numerous webinars on Covid-19 run by a wide range of our partners and friends in the community safety sector. We’ve compiled these into Covid Webinar Briefings summaries with questions on the implications which we hope you will find useful! Webinars covered include: Social Distancing in the […]

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Let’s take a fresh look on life’s dilemmas – Guest blog, Roar Connections for Life

  by Nicola Hanssen, Chief Executive, Roar Connections for Life For me, community safety isn’t about ‘safety-ism’, it is about enabling people and communities to flourish. We know that loneliness and falls are two of the most prevalent forms of unintentional harm and now older people’s risk of both has skyrocketed as a result of […]

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