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...

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...

Question of the Month November 2022

Results for October Our Question of the Month for  October was themed around the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals #FireworkSafety campaign, of which we are proud members. In the lead up to bonfire night, we asked: ‘Does your pet show signs of distress when fireworks are going off?’ · 79% said Yes...

Question of the Month October 2022

Our Question of the Month for September came prior to a roundtable discussion event we held on the Cost of Living Crisis – and the publication of our new ‘Cost of Living & Community Safety’ Briefing Paper. We asked: ‘Do you think the Cost of Living Crisis is a Community Safety issue?’ 93% said Yes...

Retained EU Law Bill & Community Safety

by Dawn Exley, National Development Officer The Retained EU Law bill was introduced to parliament by the UK Government on 22nd September 2022.  It is a reform bill which aims to abolish EU law in the UK to easily enable the UK Government to amend, appeal and replace each currently retained EU law.  Currently there...

Question of the Month September 2022

Results for August Our Question of the Month for August related to our ‘Alcohol & Other Drugs’ themed newsletter, and our Podcast/SCSN Conversations With…interview with Simon McLean of LEAP Scotland. We asked: “Do you believe prohibition of drugs makes communities safer or more dangerous?” 16% said ‘Safer’ (5 votes) 75% said ‘More Dangerous’ (24 votes)...

Scots warned of scams related to the cost of living crisis

Trading Standards Scotland has today launched a month-long campaign aimed at raising awareness of scams linked to the ongoing cost of living crisis. As prices and bills continue to rise, many consumers will have financial worries heading into autumn and winter. Scammers may attempt to exploit these anxieties and to target people online and via...

Justice Analytical Services Safer Communities & Justice Brief for July

The July edition of the Justice Analytical Services Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report has been published this morning. It can be found on the Scottish Government website. The report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. There is also more detailed information on fire and prisons....