Justice and Safety

  • 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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  • 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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  • Judicial factors consultation launched

    28th August 2019 by

    A consultation has been launched on modernising the law around judicial factors to bring clarity, accessibility and efficiency to an important but outmoded area of the law. A judicial factor is a person appointed by the court to hold, manage, administer and protect property in circumstances where it is not possible, practicable or sensible for...

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  • Improving Scotland’s collective response to child victims

    17th July 2019 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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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  • One week to go until new domestic abuse law comes into force

    25th March 2019 by

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf visited Glasgow East Women’s Aid this morning (25 March 2019) to hear how staff are preparing for the Domestic Abuse Act coming into force in seven days. The Act creates a new offence of domestic abuse which covers psychological harm as well as physical...

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  • The week in review

    20th January 2019 by

    This week’s round up includes a newly launched consultation on defamation, the latest on a review of mental health support for young people in custody and work to stop young people from running away.

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  • A thank you to justice staff from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice

    24th December 2018 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has thanked staff across the Justice System for their efforts year-round and throughout the festive period

    Many of us will be taking time off from work over the festive period. Spending it with our families, sharing gifts and stories and enjoying all that the season has to offer. However the holiday period does not mean a break for everyone. The festive period can be a particularly busy time for Scotland’s police...

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  • Christmas – A time for giving… and paying back

    21st December 2018 by

    For the past ten years East Dunbartonshire Council’s unpaid work team have been involved in a project where more than 700 of the community’s most disadvantaged families receive donations of presents in the run up to Christmas. The scheme was set up to help families who often struggle to buy gifts for Christmas. The inclusion...

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