Justice & Safety
The week in review
A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson visited a pioneering project in Glasgow on Thursday, which gives people with convictions and often a violent past the chance to turn their lives around and gain employment skills. The Street and Arrow food truck offers a high-quality food service to the local community – while giving those involved training, mentoring and support. A short video updates on the project and you can read the BBC Scotland article.
Conviction rates up for domestic abuse and sex crimes
The Criminal Proceeding statistics for 2015/16 were out on Tuesday, revealing a record number of successful prosecutions for sex crimes last year, while the number of convictions for domestic abuse offences also remained high. The Justice Secretary welcomed that police and prosecutors are bringing more perpetrators to justice, while emphasising that legislation coming soon – creating a new criminal offence of domestic abuse – will help ensure further progress.
Inclusive workplaces for LGBTI staff
Well done to the Crown Office & Prosecutor Fiscal Service and Police Scotland – both very highly ranked in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. Published on Wednesday, this UK-wide index measures progress on how inclusive employers are for LGBTI staff. In 13th place, the Crown Office is the highest placed Scottish public body, while Police Scotland is in 20th spot. Meanwhile, the Scottish Government has risen 67 places to make the top 50.
Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness
On Wednesday, Annabelle Ewing, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, met young people who had taken part in the Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award. The youngsters are working on a project which will see secondary school pupils able to train primary school pupils in first aid.
Some rather young police recruits (pictured) kept a close eye on the First Minister’s safety… as she visited the nursery at Gorebridge Primary this week to make an early years workforce announcement.