The approaching storm and why we must protect youth work

by Dawn Exley, SCSN Business and Development Officer In the last months, news of funding losses to youth work services in the wake of Covid-19 have been surfacing.  Despite emergency response funds being made available from the government, youth agencies report that the majority have been unable to access these pots and have already seen […]

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Summary of SCJS 2018-19 – Hannah Dickson

Full statistical publication here. The volume of crime in Scotland, including incidents not reported to the police, has fallen by 45% over the last decade and by 20% since 2016/17 from an estimated 1,045,000 incidents in 2008/09 to 573,000 in 2018/19.  Most adults did not experience crime in 2018/19. The proportion of adults experiencing crime […]

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Question of the Month July 2020

Our Question of the Month for June focussed on the ongoing demonstrations and rejuvenated campaigning on Black Lives Matter in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in the United States. Systemic racism is also a problem in the UK, including in Scotland, with the Covid 19 pandemic highlighting structural and systemic inequalities faced […]

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Question of the Month June 2020

May Results There has been a lot of recent talk about the ‘new normal’.  Governments, organisations and communities have had to quickly adapt and consider how we might have to adapt longer term to a changed reality, with Covid 19 likely to be with us for some time and also looking to when the pandemic […]

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Electrical Safety First warn of dangerous products on sale online

Almost a third of those in Scotland either have already or are considering buying an electrical beauty product from an online marketplace during lockdown Those looking to replicate the hair salon experience at home during lockdown risk more than just a dodgy haircut, a Charity is warning. An investigation by consumer safety charity Electrical Safety […]

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SPARC Rural Crime Update

Despite the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, it has been heartening to have had regular correspondence with so many of the SPARC partners over the past 7 weeks.  It has also been encouraging that SPARC has been involved in various discussions during this time including National Police Chief’s Council on Heritage matters, cross border liaison […]

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Covid 19 Survey Results Briefing Paper

This briefing paper pulls together some of the statistics related to community safety that have been emerging over the last few weeks. In doing so we have been able to identify some notable trends with regards to support for lockdown measures, financial concern, mental health and wellbeing and community spirit. This is an ongoing and rapidly […]

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SCSN in joint submission to Equalities & Human Rights Committee Covid 19 Inquiry

SCSN has contributed to the joint submission to the Parliament Equalities & Human Rights Committee COVID-19 inquiry The emergency legislation from the UK and Scottish Governments in response to the pandemic, whilst necessary to ensure the effective provision of vital public services at this time makes some sweeping changes to life in Scotland, some in […]

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Wellbeing Fund deadline extended

The Wellbeing Fund aims to support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services to people who are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This forms part of a £350 million package from the Scottish Government. This round of funding opened for applications on 8th May 2020. To be considered for funding, applications must be received by noon on 22nd May 2020. Your activity should […]

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Implications for Road Safety from Covid 19

by Hannah Dickson, Development Manager The Covid19 pandemic has seen the biggest change in travel patterns in recent memory with UK and Scottish Government guidance on only taking essential journeys (by any mode) supported by emergency legislation giving Police forces additional powers to advise and enforce where necessary. At the Scottish Community Safety Network we’ve […]

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