Call to oppose the REUL Bill: Protect Our People!

The Scottish Community Safety Network has added it’s support to a new campaign by our friends at RoSPA to oppose the Retained EU Law Bill. The Retained EU Law Bill (REUL), currently going through parliament, threatens to abolish approximately 4000 pieces of longstanding legal protections on 31 December. This would spell catastrophe for the health...

Job Opportunity: Safer Homes Officer, SFRS

Our partners at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently recruiting for the post of Safer Homes Officer. This is a full-time post for 3 years, working 35 hours per week, however applications from individuals seeking to work on a part time, job share or flexible working basis would be considered. The Safer Homes...

Question of the Month February 2023

January Results Our Question of the Month from January related to the raft of media reports of serious misconduct by serving police officers in the London Metropolitan Police – and other Police forces around the country – following the conviction of David Carrick in January. We asked: “Is reporting of misconduct in the London Metropolitan...

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...

Question of the Month January 2023

December Results Our Question of the Month for December focussed on the Cost of Living Crisis, in particular, the energy crisis. We’re concerned about whether people are ableto stay sufficiently warm in their homes – especiallyolder people. Cold housing affects dexterity and increases the risk of accidents, with attempts tosave money using electric fires increasing...

Plumbers & Joiners: Police, Mental Health & Vulnerability

by Kevin Chase, National Development Officer On Friday 9th December, I attended the Police Mental Health and Vulnerability conference in Edinburgh, hosted by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.  Why?  Having recently retired from the police, from my own experience it is one of the biggest challenges facing policing in Scotland today.  I will...

How do you plan your plan?

Lorraine Gillies, SCSN Chief Officer I always think of January as a planning month. It’s when the Scottish Community Safety Network staff team and board sit down together and plan our activity for the year. The events we will deliver, the meetings we will facilitate, the briefing papers we intend to produce, the dates for...

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...