SCSN 4 Day Week Final Blog

by Dave Shea, Senior National Development Officer OVERVIEW In October 2021, after extensive, systematic, considered discussion of gains and risks – to business and staff – SCSN began a 6 month pilot of 4-day working. We revised our terms and conditions. The organisation’s principles and spirit of working were renewed. An updated ‘How We Will...

SCSN Staff Team: Hopes for 2022!

For our first newsletter of the year, following two very difficult years, we decided we wanted to try focus on what we’re feeling hopeful about. Here, the SCSN staff team share what they’re excited about in community safety in 2022, as well as their personal hopes for the year! Lorraine I’m hoping for a quieter,...

SCSN 4 Day Week: Blog 2/3

by Dave Shea, Senior National Development Officer We’re halfway through our 6 month experiment, trialling 4-day working at the SCSN. In this second post (you can read the first here), I share the experience so far, organisationally and personally, and try to predict where this all might lead us. It isn’t an evidence-led piece, it’s...

Thinking about Climate Anxiety & Community Safety

David Barbour, SCSN Communications Officer In October, we ran a webinar on Climate Change and Community Safety. Given that the climate crisis will affect literally everyone, we were aware that it might inevitably impact on community safety too. But it was only when we started giving it some real thought that we began to realise...

Bridging the Void: Making communities safer

Guest article by Professor Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology, University of Glasgow – on the Distant Voices Festival It is probably no exaggeration to say that, for as long as human beings have lived in social groups and have had the capacity to build, they have built both barriers and bridges. We might assume that...

Blog Series: SCSN 4 day week pilot begins!

The SCSN Board recently approved a six month trial of a four day working week for our staff team. There’s been a lot of momentum gaining around this idea, with successful pilots having been trialled in other countries, and Scottish Government backing the idea as a way of improving work/life balance of employees – without...

Poverty & Scotland’s Drug Deaths Crisis – Guest article, Austin Smith, SDF

Austin Smith, Policy Officer at Scottish Drugs Forum, discusses the link between poverty, problem drug use and Scotland’s high and increasing rate of drug-related deaths. Austin Smith Policy Officer at Scottish Drugs Forum discusses the link between poverty, problem drug use and Scotland’s high and increasing rate of drug-related deaths. The latest drug related deaths...