What cyclists need to know about being environmentally responsible while cycling in Scotland  

Scotland is one of the most beautiful cycling destinations in the world. From the testing terrains in the Highlands to the breathtaking views on its surrounding islands, there is so much to explore all across this cycling mecca.  Though cycling is already an environmentally-friendly hobby, there are certain things that you need to consider to...

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...

Beyond Borders: All Island Community Safety Conference

by Dave Shea, Senior National Development Officer One of SCSN’s long-term development goals is to become a centre for excellence, domestically and internationally, for community safety; to share what we know, and learn from others. We’ve already made good links with counterparts in England, Wales and Norway, and made representations at a European conference earlier...

Monthly Reflections: SCSN Chief Officer

November 2022 I’m always impressed by Corporate Rebels. Their most recent piece gives an inspiring account of what’s possible, with great examples of how some employers are responding to rising inflation. In it, it talks about putting people first – we get that at SCSN, as we’ve written about before. Everyone now knows about our...

Product Safety Intervention: Belling, New World & Stoves gas cookers

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has intervened to ensure that more than 66,000 dangerous Belling, New World and Stoves gas cookers which pose a carbon monoxide poisoning risk will be made safe through a modification programme. Parent company Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) has agreed to visit every home containing the affected...

A new role, a new chapter

by Kevin Chase, SCSN’s new National Development Officer A new role a new chapter.  A fresh start. After a career in policing, why have I taken on a fantastic opportunity with the Scottish Community Safety Network especially the Home Safety Scotland portfolio?  I could list several reasons however I will focus on four.  Firstly, it...

Marches & Parades Working Group Report published

Recommendations to improve how marches and parades are planned and organised across Scotland have been published. The Short Life Working Group on Processions in Scotland was set up following a pledge by the First Minister last year to consider if an approach similar to that taken in Northern Ireland should be adopted here. The report...

SCSN Reconnect Roadshow

by Dave Shea, Senior National Development Officer ‘Community Safety’ sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? A pairing of two plain, familiar words – nothing fancy or jargoned – presenting a simple sum of one plus one. But peel back the cover and there are storied chapters of complexity, authored by citizens and practitioners – people with knowledge...

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...

Remember, remember… the impact of fireworks   

While fireworks can be great fun, they can be dangerous if not used properly. During the bonfire season, most firework injuries treated at emergency departments happen at informal private displays. Over half of those requiring treatment are children. Rockets are responsible for the majority of serious eye and hand injuries, however sparklers, fountains and firecrackers...