National Trauma Training Programme Awareness Raising Webinar

The experience and impact of trauma and adversity in the lives of Scottish people is more pervasivethan has previously been recognised, and this has been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic and costof living crisis. The National Trauma Training Programme (NTTP) supports the shared ambition of theScottish Government, COSLA and partners from across Scotland of a...

Chief Officer’s Monthly Reflections: April 2023

by Lorraine Gillies, SCSN Chief Officer I love April, it’s the start of so much – spring, lighter evenings and mornings, new financial year, new plans.. This April though our plans have been slightly delayed.  The introduction of new a core grant funding process by the Scottish Government has taken it’s  a toll on us...

SPARC update shows positive results from Rural Crime Strategy

The Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) Rural Crime Strategy has seen some positive early results with reductions in rural crime and associated financial costs in the year 2022-2023, based on updated reporting figures. See the SPARC update below for more information. Please note the below monthly update for March 2023 plus the yearly figures...

SCSN among speakers at Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour in Scotland Conference

SCSN is delighted to be presenting at this conference on 24 May. Nearly half of Scotland’s population have been impacted by antisocial behaviour – yet half of these incidents are going unreported. Whether in communities, at home, or on public transport, antisocial behaviour has a devastating impact on people’s lives. Holyrood Insight’s Tackling Antisocial Behaviour in...

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...

Water Safety Scotland issues ice safety advice

As temperatures in Scotland head in a downward trajectory, Water Safety Scotland (WSS) is issuing a warning about the dangers that frozen-over water bodies present. WSS aims to prevent needless deaths and accidents, and also to alert the public that the majority of the ice-related incidents involve children or dog walkers.  Jen Foley from Water...

Product Safety Intervention: Belling, New World & Stoves gas cookers

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has intervened to ensure that more than 66,000 dangerous Belling, New World and Stoves gas cookers which pose a carbon monoxide poisoning risk will be made safe through a modification programme. Parent company Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) has agreed to visit every home containing the affected...

Marches & Parades Working Group Report published

Recommendations to improve how marches and parades are planned and organised across Scotland have been published. The Short Life Working Group on Processions in Scotland was set up following a pledge by the First Minister last year to consider if an approach similar to that taken in Northern Ireland should be adopted here. The report...

Electrical Safety Fund open for applications

Responding to the cost of living crisis, campaigning charity, Electrical Safety First, has launched a grant scheme to help reduce electrical risk in the home. Around half of all domestic fires in the UK are caused by electricity, with most arising from electrical products. The charity has made up to £100,000 available, via its Electrical...