Homicide, Fire and Rescue and Criminal Proceedings Statistics published. The Homicides in Scotland 2013-14 statistics were published on 9 December and show that there were 60 homicides in 2013-14, a 5% reduction on the previous year and the lowest level since comparable records began. The Fire and Rescue Scotland 2013-14 statistics were published on 16 December and show that there was a 9% drop in dwelling fires in 2013-14 compared to the previous year and a 28% reduction in fire fatalities (down from 46 to 33) compared to 2012-13. The Criminal Proceedings in Scotland 2013-14 statistics were also published on 16 December and show that convictions for non-sexual crimes of violence saw falls and, in particular, convictions for homicide and "attempted murder & serious assault" both declined by 20 per cent in the year to 2013-14, while the number of convictions for rape and attempted rape increased by 13 per cent and sexual assault by 15 per cent.
What's been happening?
Medics Against Violence’s ONE BIG THING campaign launched. The simple idea of this online campaign, which runs from 17-24 December, is ‘what’s the ONE BIG THING you could do to keep your friends safe this Christmas?’. At this time of year when people are out celebrating and making merry they sometimes forget either to look after themselves or others, or they may forget the bigger picture things that affect the wider society. Lots of people are tweeting about what they will do this Christmas to keep people safe, from acting as the designated driver to checking their smoke alarm to asking people to text them when they get home safely. What will you do?
Get evaluation support from the Scottish Government! The Scottish Government’s Community Safety Unit launched its evaluation framework contract on 1 December. This contract provides expert consultants for small-scale projects to evaluate initiatives aimed at building safer communities. It can also provide training on self-evaluation skills. The contract, which allows up to 15 days consultancy support, is managed by Scottish Government and can cover a wide range of topics including violence reduction, policing, sectarianism and hate crime offending, organised crime and road and home safety. It is open to local and national partners, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.
Scottish Public Health Network publishes violence prevention report. Violence Prevention: A Public Health Priority provides an overview of the evidence base on violence prevention. These help to shape our understanding of the scale and impact of violence; what causes violence; and what works to prevent violence and to extend better care and support to affected populations. The authors offer 3 recommendations for how public health professionals can help prevention violence in Scotland.
Podcasts and presentations from the Scottish International Policing Conference available. The theme of this year's conference, which was held on 22 October, was Technology, Policing and Criminal Justice, with contributions from the then Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, MSP, the Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, Vic Emery OBE, the Chief Constable of Scotland, Sir Stephen House, QPM, and Professor Cynthia Lum, Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Crime Policy, George Mason University, Washington.
Lots of new blogs on the Building Safer Communities Website. There are also a number of new blogs on the BSC website, on Police Scotland’s local policing awards, Medic Against Violence’s ONE BIG THING campaign, our new evaluation framework contract, and the latest Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Brief.
A guest blog by Medics Against Violence
The theme of this year's annual campaign is ONE BIG THING. The simple idea is ‘what’s the ONE BIG THING you could do to keep your friends safe this Christmas?’
ONE BIG THING will be a largely online campaign. It will run from 17-24th December. We will disseminate the messages via facebook, twitter and via our website. There will be a limited ‘in person’ campaign run by the MAV Students Society on the campus at the University of Glasgow. If you work here or come and visit you may see them around campus on Wednesday and they might even give you a badge.
We'd like you as one of our supporters or partners to help us get some safety/ anti-violence messages out to the general public via our online following. At this time of year when people are out celebrating and making merry they sometimes forget either to look after themselves or others, or they may forget the bigger picture things that affect the wider society. People don’t always mean to get involved in violence but sometimes it happens anyway.
We are not aiming this at any particular sort of violence or safety issue in fact, we are looking for diversity, we all have different things that matter to us and you all come from very different fields and spheres of influence so please use this to get your own particular point across. The only thing we would ask you to focus on is being safe.
There are several ways to get these messages to us
1. You can email Christine Goodall with your message and your twitter tag or if you don’t have one just your name
2. You can tweet it yourself to @MAVScotland with the #staysafe . If your message is long we’d ask that you type it or write it down and photograph it and use the photo as an attachment.
3. You can Direct Message us at @MAVScotland on twitter
4. You can post it on our facebook page Medics against Violence.
Many thanks for being part of Medics against Violence’s ONE BIG THING
Are you looking for help to evaluate a new project or to develop your team's self-evaluation skills?
Local and national partners can now submit bids to the Scottish Government's Community Safety Unit for evaluation support across all aspects of community safety work. This work will support evaluation as well as the development of self-evaluation skills and shared learning in the community safety sector, on subjects like violence reduction, policing, sectarianism and hate crime offending, organised crime and road and home safety.
The purpose of this service is to:
- support the community safety sector and key partners in self-evaluation of community safety services and initiatives and to undertake small-scale evaluation projects;
- provide evaluation training and development to the community safety sector and key partners.
There are five expert contractors on the Evaluation Framework, appointed following a procurement exercise. Each of the contractors has been ranked 1 to 5, with 1 being the contractor that scored the highest in the tendering exercise.
The successful contractors, in order of ranking, are:
- Rocket Science
- Research for Real
- Iconic Consulting
- Blake Stevenson
If you wish to take advantage of this support, please contact Michelle Harrity to discuss your idea. You will then be asked to complete a project brief template. Work commissioned under the contact can be for a maximum of 15 days consultancy support.
Once you have completed a project brief template, it will be passed to the highest ranked contactor on the framework. This contactor will then submit a proposal for the work within 5 working days. It is important that your project brief is comprehensively completed as this is what the contractor will base their proposal on.
Each contractor has the opportunity to decline any piece of work, in which case it will be passed onto the next highest ranked approved contractor on the framework, until it is accepted and a proposal developed.
Once the Scottish Government's Community Safety Unit has approved the contractor's proposal, we will let you know that your bid as been accepted and at this point the contractor will liaise with you directly to finalise the proposal and agree a timetable for delivering the work.
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