Justice and Safety

  • 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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  • First meeting of Victims Taskforce

    12th December 2018 by

    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 by

    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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  • Appropriate Adult service consultation

    12th November 2018 by

    Responses to consultation on establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service were overwhelmingly supportive, analysis has shown. Appropriate Adult services ensure vulnerable people with communication difficulties are supported during contact with police – for example during interviews and other police station procedures. Appropriate Adults can assist victims, witnesses, suspects and accused in police investigations who are...

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  • Safer Communities and Justice Brief : October 2018

    29th October 2018 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the October edition of the Monthly Safer Communities and Justice Brief. This brief provides, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics. The brief includes a special feature on its back page, with this month’s article on...

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  • Can we measure justice?

    17th October 2018 by

    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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