Let’s talk about anti-social behaviour…

by Lorraine Gillies, SCSN Chief Officer The Scottish Community Safety Network has a special interest in anti-social behaviour. Just before lockdown in 2020, we hosted a fishbowl discussion on antisocial behaviour as part of the Firestarter Festival. The discussion centred on how society and policy could view antisocial behaviour with a more compassionate, trauma-informed lens that accounts...

Question of the Month January 2023

December Results Our Question of the Month for December focussed on the Cost of Living Crisis, in particular, the energy crisis. We’re concerned about whether people are ableto stay sufficiently warm in their homes – especiallyolder people. Cold housing affects dexterity and increases the risk of accidents, with attempts tosave money using electric fires increasing...

Plumbers & Joiners: Police, Mental Health & Vulnerability

by Kevin Chase, National Development Officer On Friday 9th December, I attended the Police Mental Health and Vulnerability conference in Edinburgh, hosted by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.  Why?  Having recently retired from the police, from my own experience it is one of the biggest challenges facing policing in Scotland today.  I will...

How do you plan your plan?

Lorraine Gillies, SCSN Chief Officer I always think of January as a planning month. It’s when the Scottish Community Safety Network staff team and board sit down together and plan our activity for the year. The events we will deliver, the meetings we will facilitate, the briefing papers we intend to produce, the dates for...

SCSN Statement on Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) strongly opposes the UK Government’s decision to block the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. We are adding our name to this joint statement, shoulder to shoulder with other Scottish civil society organisations, condemning this intervention. SCSN’s primary consideration is to community safety. We have noted the concerns, regarding possible...

New Home Safety Fund Launches with Focus on Children’s Safety

A new Home Safety Fund, focussing on children’s safety at home, launches today. The Mark McCall Home Safety Fund will award £3,000 to a single winning application for projects providing safety equipment to children under the age of five. The winner will be announced at the Scottish Parliament during the Cross Party Group on Accident...

Product Safety: Funding for public awareness campaigns available

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) as the national regulator for products has responsibility for protecting people and places from product related harm and ensuring consumers and businesses can buy and sell products with confidence. To support this aim OPSS provides public safety information materials, and this financial year has funding available to...

Question of the Month December 2022

Question of the Month November Results Our Question of the Month for November to December was based around the #16DaysofActivism on Violence Against Women & Girls. In our last newsletter, we covered a new online resource from the charity Refuge which helps people to identify and offers support around ‘Tech Abuse’. We asked: “Would you...

Community Safety Does Christmas Movies!

For each of the past few years at Christmas, we’ve taken a light hearted festive look at community safety issues. In 2020 we had our 12 Days of Community Safety. Last year we did our Community Safety Christmas Chart List. This year, we asked our staff team to pick two of their favourite Christmas movies...