Working with the community safety sector, we have developed a range of toolkits and resources that will assist local planning and decision making. We also host some useful tool kits and resources from our partners in the Community Safety Sector.

If you would like assistance or more information on any of the toolkits, please contact us at

Evidencing Impact through Continuous Programme Review

In the current financial climate we now have to demonstrate the wider, often crosscutting, impact of our initiatives. The Evidencing Impact through Continuous Programme Review toolkit will guide users on telling the whole story through the use of quantitative (statistics), the cost benefits (financial) and the impact (wider benefits).

Download the toolkit here.

Preventative Spend Cost Benefit Toolkit

Our Cost Benefit toolkit is an excellent resource that enables officers to evidence not only the cost benefits of initiatives and projects, but also how they have contributed financially to preventing public sector spending. This toolkit is the first to draw on all the available data on the economic cost per unit of community safety data in Scotland and can be used to evaluate the cost-benefit of preventative spend investment.

For more information, click on the links below;

In addition, SCSN have pulled together some project examples which may be of interest:

Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Self-Assessment Toolkit

With the assistance of ‘Rocket Science’, SCSN have developed a toolkit designed specifically for CSP’s, but of value to all partnership groups. The resource facilitates partnerships to measure their strengths and weaknesses and identify potential areas for development across seven areas;

  • Focus and impact
  • Partnership working
  • Strategic coherence
  • Planning and delivery
  • Review, reflect and refine
  • Capturing performance
  • Personal roles

SCSN  will coordinate the whole process and provide an independent anonymised report based on partners responses. To find out more contact us at

Public Space CCTV Camera Assessment 

The National Strategy for Public CCTV in Scotland recommends that CCTV services should be periodically reviewed. This toolkit is based on the process which South Lanarkshire Council adopted to assess individual public space CCTV cameras, but can be easily adapted to suit local need and demand.

Public Space CCTV Appendices A,B and C (CCTV Camera Scoring Matrix, Example Evaluation Matrix and CCTV Camera Scoring Criteria)

Using and Handling Intelligence Data

Information sharing is key to the delivery of better, more efficient public services that are coordinated around the needs of communities and individuals. It is essential to direct early intervention and preventative work, and to effectively tackle local community safety issues and safeguard individuals.

This guidance document aims to support partnerships to ensure that data is shared, used and stored in compliance with existing legislation to support the above principles.

Information Sharing Protocol

Information sharing protocols form an agreement between agencies and partner organisations to  share appropriate data and information for a specific task or initiative. This template has been developed to support the production of local information sharing protocols and includes details on:

  • The principles underpinning information sharing
  • The general purposes for information sharing
  • The responsibilities and commitments of partners to this agreement
  • The arrangements for monitoring and review

Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, we have produced this useful Briefing Paper, specifically giving guidance on GDPR for community safety partnerships.

Community Engagement and Resilience

This document is taken from the Scottish Government’s website as part of their ‘Community Engagement ‘how to’ guide. More information about the logistics for these techniques is available on their website.

Crime Reduction Tool kit – College of Policing

This useful online toolkit provides a wide range of excellent ideas and evidence for ways to reduce crime and improve community safety and wellbeing.

STAD in Europe: A manual for communities preventing alcohol related harm

This guidance resource was developed by a pan European partnership and offers advice for communities on how to help reduce alcohol related harm with regard to binge drinking in night life settings.

Planning for Outcomes – Audit Scotland

This paper sets out the main factors that support planning for outcomes, and draws together learning from our previous reports and wider knowledge of good practice and activity in this area.