Justice and Safety

  • The week in review

    30th June 2017 by

    Mr Matheson on tackling human trafficking

    Welcome to the final ‘Week in Review’ of this Parliamentary session.  As Parliament begins its summer recess we’ll being pausing our weekly round-up for a few months.  We’ll be back in September, but in the meantime here is some of the week just gone. British Transport Police Railway policing will come under the command of...

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  • Safer Communities & Justice Brief : June 2017

    26th June 2017 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the June 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, drawing from recent research undertaken...

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  • The week in review

    24th June 2017 by

    Among the items on Ministers’ agenda this week were a new strategy for policing modern Scotland, the on-going review of fire and building safety regimes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and delivering legislation to strengthen access to justice in the civil courts for survivors of childhood abuse. London Terror Attack On Monday...

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  • Supporting Prisoners’ Families, Raising the Standard

    20th June 2017 by

    Andrew McLellan, Chair of the National Prison Visitor Centre Steering Group introduces the new National Standards Framework for Prison Visitor Centres. Prisoners’ families and prisoner’s children in particular often pay a very high price for their family member’s imprisonment. Children with a parent in prison are at a higher risk of experiencing poverty, health and mental...

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  • The week in review

    17th June 2017 by

    Credit: 6VT Youth Cafe

    Key issues for justice and community safety in Scotland this week included improved support for victims of human trafficking, work to tackle hate crime, the commencement of improvements to our system of fatal accident inquiries, as well as recognition of excellent public service and on-going collaboration between agencies working together to help keep people safe....

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  • The week in review

    10th June 2017 by

    Scottish Crime Campus Gartcosh

    Among the key issues for our ministers this week were the country’s response to the terror atrocity in London, the on-going work of Scotland’s law enforcement agencies and partners to tackle the harm caused to communities by illegal drugs, and supporting Child Safety Week to help families keep their kids safe from accidents. London Terror...

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  • The week in review

    3rd June 2017 by

    Credit: Scottish Prison Service

    Tackling Trafficking On Tuesday Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson launched Scotland’s Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy, following an extensive public consultation. The strategy aims to identify victims and support them to safety and recovery, to track down perpetrators and disrupt their activity and to address the conditions that can foster human trafficking. Launching the strategy,...

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  • The week in review

    26th May 2017 by

    This week has been overshadowed by the dreadful attack in Manchester on Monday evening. The thoughts of all of us working in the Scottish Government are with the families and friends of all those killed or injured in the atrocity. FM: be vigilant but not alarmed Following that harrowing event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:...

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  • The week in review

    19th May 2017 by

    Action to tackle alcohol misuse, violence and cyber-security threats, and a welcome for visitors from the fire safety and legal professions, were on Ministers’ agenda this week: Tackling problem drinking On Monday it became an offence to give or make alcohol available to a child or young person for consumption in a public place in...

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  • The week in review

    12th May 2017 by

    British Transport Police The Scottish Parliament has approved the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill in principle after a stage one debate. When passed, the draft legislation will see the British Transport Police integrated into Police Scotland, creating a more effective, joined-up police service on Scotland’s railways. The stage one debate was opened by Transport Minister Humza...

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