A joint report by The Scottish Community Safety Network, the Building Safer Communities Programme and COSLA, on the future of Community Safety in Scotland, has just been published. The report considers both the national and local context of community safety before setting out a list of identified Key Principles for a Community Safety Narrative, namely:

  • Person centred, place based
  • Addressing the needs of communities holistically
  • Prevention and Early Intervention
  • Tackling Inequalities
  • Strong partnership working – with governance and decision making that enables community participation, influence and ownership
  • Evidence based action supported by evaluation and an understanding of ‘what works’

Our Chief Officer, Lorraine Gillies, welcomed the publication of the report:

‘The Scottish Community Safety Network, the Building Safer Communities Programme  and COSLA are pleased to be able to share this joint report on the Future of Community Safety, ‘Community Safety – the emerging landscape and future opportunities’.  The Scottish Community Safety Network welcomes the key messages in the report that confirms the value placed on partnership and collaborative working in the Community Safety arena; and which outlines a road-map for continuous improvement across the country and with the support of the Scottish Community Safety Network.  We look forward to working collaboratively with others to achieve this ambition’

Lorraine Gillies, Chief Officer, Scottish Community Safety Network