Lucy Smith

Written 17 posts

Improving Scotland’s collective response to child victims

17th July 2019

First step in developing national Barnahus standards for Scotland.   Earlier this year, the Scottish Government commissioned Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) and the Care Inspectorate to develop a set of standards to introduce the Barnahus concept to Scotland as part of our commitment to improving how the criminal justice system serves children, young people and…

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Justice Secretary responds to Home Detention Curfew reports

30th May 2019

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed the publication of progress reviews by HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) into the arrangements for home detention curfew (HDC) in Scotland. Both independent reviews identify good progress against the recommendations made by the Inspectorates in October last year. The…

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Expert Review of Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Young People in Custody

21st May 2019

Responding to the findings of the Expert Review of the Provision of Mental Health Services, for young people entering and in custody at HMP YOI Polmont, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “I am grateful to HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland and Dr Helen Smith for the breadth and depth of work on this detailed report….

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Brexit contingency planning stepped up

18th March 2019

Justice Secretary briefed on Police Scotland’s EU exit preparations. Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has been updated by senior Police Scotland officers today on how the service is getting ready to deal with the implications of an EU exit. The Cabinet Secretary visited the Brexit Coordination Centre at Bilston Glen, Midlothian, to hear about…

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First meeting of Victims Taskforce

12th December 2018

Group to drive progress to ensure victims’ voices are strengthened meets for the first time. A new expert group will today (Wednesday 12 December) meet for the first time to improve support, advice and information for victims of crime. Co-chaired by the Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, the Victims Taskforce…

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Groundbreaking centre to be launched for Edinburgh and the Lothians

11th December 2018

A pioneering centre for children, young people and adults who have been victims of sexual assault and other forms of abuse and neglect is to be created for Edinburgh and the Lothians. A group of agencies have joined forces to develop the £2.9m bespoke facility, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland…

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The week in review

18th November 2018

This week’s round up includes plans to consult on the use and regulation of fireworks, 50 years of the Parole Board for Scotland and the latest on the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill. Fireworks consultation Community Safety Minister Ash Denham announced plans for a consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. Fireworks…

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Justice Secretary comments on homicide figures

30th October 2018

Commenting on today’s publication of Homicide in Scotland 2017-18, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “While the number of homicides in Scotland has fallen this year and has reduced significantly over the last 10 years, one death is one too many. Behind these figures are grieving families and friends and my sincere sympathies go out to…

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Can we measure justice?

17th October 2018

Guest bloggers and researchers Sarah Armstrong, Beth Weaver and Trish McCulloch ask whether we can measure justice and how different people experience justice? How do people experience justice? How do people decide if justice is just? These questions are at the heart of a project launching today, carried out by researchers at Dundee, Glasgow and…

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Justice Secretary reflects on stop and search

12th October 2018

Writing in the Scotsman this week, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf reflected on the use of stop and search and how improved guidance for police has introduced a better balance between individual rights and allowing the police to continue to address crime in all its aspects. One of the key challenges for any government minister is…

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