Justice and Safety

  • The year in review

    31st December 2019 by

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf reflects on some key milestones of 2019. As 2019 draws to a close I want to express my thanks to everyone working across Scotland’s justice system – many of them through the festive holiday period – whether in law enforcement, the legal profession, prisons, social work or among community safety partners...

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  • Guest blog: Police Scotland Youth Volunteers helping keep communities safe

    27th December 2019 by

    This festive season Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) in West Dunbartonshire have been working tirelessly to build strong, friendly relationships with their vulnerable neighbours, to help keep them safe and secure. The PSYV programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models. John from...

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  • Guest blog: Susannah Drury from Missing People

    24th December 2019 by

    As Christmas Day approaches, we welcome a guest blog from Missing People’s Director of Policy and Development Susannah Drury. Susannah joined Missing People in 2013 and leads the Policy and Research Team who help missing people and their families get the support they need from UK governments, the police and other agencies. She talks us...

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  • Christmas in Secure Care – guest blog from young people at Good Shepherd Centre, Bishopton

    23rd December 2019 by

    Guest blog from young people at the Good Shepherd Centre, Bishopton. https://twitter.com/GSCBishopton/status/1207674651121520645 The festive season is such a happy time of year, where families and friends enjoy spending time together. However, for some it can also be one of the most difficult times. This is especially true for young people living in secure care. The...

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  • Vulnerable Witnesses Act to come into force in January

    18th November 2019 by

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk today officially opened the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service’s new Glasgow Evidence and Hearings Suite. It provides facilities to let child witnesses pre-record their evidence and for vulnerable witnesses to give evidence remotely away from the formality of a court room. The suite also provides...

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  • Prison Officers Association (Scotland) conference

    30th October 2019 by

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has thanked prison staff for their commitment and highlighted the recent “well-deserved” Scottish Prison Service pay agreement. Mr Yousaf has been addressing members of the Prison Officers Association (Scotland) at the union’s annual conference in Peebles today and took questions from prison officers as part of a panel session. Dedicated prison...

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  • Justice Secretary comments on homicide figures

    29th October 2019 by

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has responded to the publication of the latest official figures showing there were 60 cases of homicide in 2018-19 – the third lowest level since 1976. Mr Yousaf said: “While the number of homicides in Scotland is significantly lower than a decade ago – in line with the overall fall in...

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  • Working together to challenge human trafficking in Scotland

    14th October 2019 by

    Working together to challenge human trafficking in Scotland - graphic text human trafficking is closer than you think

    by Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf Human trafficking, in all its forms, is unacceptable in 21st century Scotland. We want to ensure that Scotland’s response, rooted in the rule of law, is as effective as possible in removing this stain on modern society. It is often an international and cross-border crime which can be challenging to...

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  • Brexit guidance for legal professionals

    14th October 2019 by

    The Scottish Government has published guidance for legal professionals to help them cope with a possible ‘no deal’ exit. Two guides cover the changes to cross border civil justice cooperation in family cases and in civil and commercial cases. Minister for Community Safety Ash Denham said: “With the UK Government refusing to take a ‘no...

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  • Throughcare support for people leaving prison

    25th September 2019 by

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed news that two third sector partnerships will extend the range of support they deliver for people leaving prison. The ‘New Routes’ and ‘Shine’ partnerships, led by Wise Group and Sacro respectively, will make support available for more prisoners released from short term sentences of up to four years. The...

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