Talking shops, or conversations for systems change?

Hannah Dickson, Development Manager, SCSN For a while I’ve been intrigued by the term ‘talking shop’ – for many working in the public sector this means a place or group regarded as a centre for unproductive talk rather than action, with endless pre-meetings, meetings and papers. For others, talking is a key mechanism for understanding...

SCSN Annual Report 2019/20 Published

It is a great honour to introduce the SCSN Annual Report for 2019/20,my first as Chair Person of the Board of Directors. My first year has been made so much easier from the excellent work by our previous Chair Mark McCall, our Board of Directors and our staff team. The focus of our work is...

SCSN review of Street Cones CPO film

by Dawn Exley, National Development Officer On Thursday 27th August, we attended the launch of the Street Cones ‘Something to Lose’.  Commissioned by Community Justice Glasgow, the film follows the fictional journey of a young man on a Community Payback Order ‘CPO’ and the impact it has on his life (as an alternative to a...

Guest Blog: Niven Rennie, Director, VRU

A Public Health Approach to reducing crime 2020 hasn’t been the best of years. There aren’t too many silver linings to a global pandemic, but what has been encouraging to see is the renewed appreciation for public health. ‘Viral load’ and ‘R numbers’ have become part of everyday dinner table conversation as people learn more...

Question of the Month September 2020

Our Question of the Month for August was based around our Conversation With Dr Christine Goodall of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP). We discussed issues around alcohol arising from the Covid 19 pandemic, including anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, unintentional harm and more. We asked: Have you been aware of increases in anti-social behaviour...

Youth Justice – A rights based approach to getting it right

by Dawn Exley, SCSN National Development Officer We recently attended a seminar from Red Harbour on youth justice and how a rights-based approach could be key to changing the system for the better. Dr Claire Lightowler – Director of the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice, presented on her work ‘Rights Respecting? Scotland’s approach...

Road Safety Framework Consultation Open

The Scottish Government Consultation on the Road Safety Framework to 2030 is now open. The Road Safety Framework to 2030 sets out a compelling long-term vision for road safety, Vision Zero, where there are zero fatalities and injuries on Scotland’s roads by 2050. The journey to achieving this vision will also include ambitious interim targets...

‘Sentencing Young People’ Guideline Consultation

"We think rehabilitation is particularly important for young people as there is significant potential for a young person’s behaviour to be changed and the risk of reoffending reduced, particularly as a result of their still developing maturity and their capacity for change." SCSN recently submitted a response to the Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC) 'Sentencing Young...

Question of the Month August 2020

Our Question of the Month for July related to a guest blog  by Nicola Hanssen of ROAR Connections for Life. She wrote about some of the dilemmas we face as families and as a society when seeking to look after the health of our elderly relatives. We asked, Should over 80s have their driving ability...