Justice and Safety

  • Week in review

    25th May 2018 by

    Mr Matheson on tackling human trafficking

    This week’s round-up includes news of greater public awareness of human trafficking in Scotland, the latest independent assurance on police call-handling improvements, and the appointment of a new independent inspector for the country’s prisons. Growing public awareness of human trafficking A survey published this week highlighted growing public awareness of human trafficking in Scotland with...

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  • GDPR  – a change to data protection law

    24th May 2018 by

    The General Data Protection Regulations comes into force on May 25, 2018, giving individuals more control over their personal data, and ensuring that organisations collect and process that information properly and securely. To find out more about GDPR, visit the Information Commissioner’s website.

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  • The week in review

    18th May 2018 by

    Ministers have had another busy week dealing with and meeting with key partners across a range of justice system and public safety issues – from launching a consultation on a major review of family law, to seeing first-hand an innovative scheme to help steer young people away from the risk of being drawn into serious...

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  • The week in review

    11th May 2018 by

    Welcome to our week in review. This week, young people are front-and-centre of the news, inspiring peers and taking on new challenges thanks to Cashback for Communities. No knives better lives – a visit to Braeview Academy in Dundee Youth volunteers from Police Scotland met with S1 and S2 pupils and the Justice Secretary at...

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  • The week in review

    4th May 2018 by

    Welcome to this week’s round-up. Another busy seven days included a historic day for accessing civil justice, new fire appliances launched in the North East and an update on police numbers. Wider access to civil justice Civil justice will be more affordable, predictable and accessible following the unanimous passing of the Civil Litigation (Expenses and...

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  • The week in review

    27th April 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes the launch of new guidance to tackle gender-based violence on campus, CashBack funding for creative and cultural projects, launch of the consultation on Scotland’s disclosure regime, water safety awareness and a new family centre at HMP Shotts. Tackling sexual violence and harassment on campus Fiona Drouet says "This is Emily's legacy…institutions...

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  • The week in review

    20th April 2018 by

    Welcome back to our week in review – we hope you enjoyed Easter. This week, Ministers announced plans to extend an innovative community sentence project tackling domestic abuse, greater support for victims of crime, including families of murder victims, and support for an innovative outdoor learning residential and urban community-based project. We also saw a...

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  • Reflections on police and fire reform

    4th April 2018 by

    Key figures look back on the police and fire reform journey and its positive impact on community safety in Scotland – from tackling domestic abuse and counter-terrorism to protecting vulnerable individuals. Derek Penman, former HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland “As Police Scotland reaches its fifth anniversary, there is no doubt that some areas of policing have been...

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  • Five years of Police Scotland: A thank you

    1st April 2018 by

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson reflects on a time of change for the police service. I am reminded every day in my role as Justice Secretary of the commitment and dedication of Scotland’s police officers and police staff. With crime in Scotland at a record low, and down 43% since 2006, I am confident policing in...

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  • Marking five years of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

    1st April 2018 by

    Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing looks back on the first five years of the single service. Today marks the fifth anniversary of Scotland’s fire reforms and the creation of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS). It is fair to say that the merger of eight regional bodies into one national service was not a...

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