What's been happening?
Publication of the evidence review of what works to reduce crime. The review, produced by Scottish Government analysts, focuses on three key strategies for reducing crime: (1) targeting the underlying causes of crime; (2) deterring potential offenders by ensuring that the cost of offending is greater than the benefits; and (3) increasing the difficulty of offending by reducing opportunities to commit crime.
Phase 2 stakeholder meeting held on 28th August 2014 in Hamilton. Over 40 delegates attended the event from a range of sectors and organisations to define the scope of Phase 2 which seeks to reduce harm caused by unintentional injuries. A smaller steering group then met on 24th September to develop proposals which will be presented to the Programme Board on 4th November.
Place network event in Edinburgh. A Learning Network event was held on August 25th at Edinburgh City Chambers for practitioners taking a placed-based approach to service provision. There were many good points collected from the table discussion sessions that took place throughout the day. Presentations and broader information is now available on the Knowledgehub.
SPA, SFRS & COSLA local scrutiny event was held on 9th October. SPA and SFRS Board members, police and fire officers and local elected members & officers attended a Police and Fire Reform: Local Scrutiny and Engagement Learning event in Edinburgh. The event was extremely positive with almost 60 people from across Scotland attending. There were three main workshops on the day which discussed many important issues such as “What needs to get better”, What “good” looks like and roles and responsibilities.
Tom Hardy will be joining the Community Safety Unit to head up the Violence Reduction and Public Protection Team. Tom has spent the last year and a half in the Animal Health and Veterinary Licensing Authority after many years working in the Home Office down south. He takes up his new post on 20 October 2014. Welcome Tom!
A guest blog by Andrew Macgowan, Inspiring Scotland
Soaked to the skin, the kids and gents who frequent the Gallatown bowling club have just cooled off on the club’s green via an impromptu run-around under the club’s sprinkler. It’s August 2014.
Nine months prior, the scene would have been very different. ‘Plagued’ by young teenagers regularly playing football on the club’s green you were more likely to hear the cry, “Get off there ya wee ***”, and an equally disparaging reply of, “Piss off ya old***” So what’s changed?
The social commentator the Rev Al Barrett would say: what’s changed is that both groups have discovered they have passion, knowledge, gifts and each other. And both have identified the power in sharing these gifts together.
In the Gallatown, Kirkcaldy, this power has enabled the young people and adults to spend time together sharing their gifts with each other to do bike maintenance, learn to play bowls, share the club space for youth activities, learn IT and cooking skills. It’s a pattern that has been repeated across nine other communities through the Scottish charity Inspiring Scotland’s Link Up programme.
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