Justice and Safety

  • The week in review

    3rd November 2018 by

    This week’s round up includes new investment to support child and vulnerable witnesses, latest official figures for homicide in Scotland, and ministerial engagements with a range of justice system professionals. Supporting child and vulnerable witnesses Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced £950,000 to improve evidence facilities for children and vulnerable adults. The new Scottish Courts…

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  • The week in review

    27th October 2018 by

    This week saw a committment from the Scottish Government to establish a financial redress scheme for in-care abuse survivors, plans to strengthen the home detention curfew system and the launch of a new play highlighting to young people the dangers of knife crime. Justice Committee consider justice budgets Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf was…

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  • The week in review

    2nd June 2018 by

    This week’s round-up blog includes evidence on the long-term impacts of adverse childhood events, an announcement of new investment to expand the ‘Navigators’ emergency-room violence prevention project, and the publication of a major independent review of Scotland’s hate crime laws. Injured officers The thoughts of Ministers, and all of us in the Safer Communities and…

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  • The week in review

    18th May 2018 by

    Ministers have had another busy week dealing with and meeting with key partners across a range of justice system and public safety issues – from launching a consultation on a major review of family law, to seeing first-hand an innovative scheme to help steer young people away from the risk of being drawn into serious…

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  • The week in review

    20th January 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes Justice Secretary Michael Matheson’s visit to HM Prison Edinburgh, Police Scotland figures for reports of domestic abuse over the festive period and Community Safety & Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing’s visit to Coatbridge Fire Station to hear views about service transformation plans from frontline crews. No let-up in tackling domestic abuse On Monday Police Scotland reported that…

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  • The week in review

    8th December 2017 by

    This week’s round-up includes Ministers’ engagements on police recruitment, on media reporting of domestic abuse, and debating legislation to tackle offensive behaviour at football and threatening communications. New police recruits Justice Secretary Michael Matheson was at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan to witness 222 new officers from Police Scotland and British Transport Police Scotland passing…

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  • The week in review

    4th November 2017 by

    Cross-border co-operation in fighting crime, new powers to tackle human trafficking, and the work of Scotland’s prisons are among the issues in this week’s round-up from the Justice and Safer Communities portfolio. Europol Executive Director of Europol Rob Wainwright was in Edinburgh on Tuesday and caught up with Justice Secretary Michael Matheson and Brexit Minister…

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  • The week in review

    28th October 2017 by

    Welcome back to our weekly round-up following the return of Parliamentary business this week. Cashback in the frame Throughout this week Twitter has been awash with #cashbackselfie photos – posted by individuals and organisations right across Scotland. Scottish Government Ministers have joined young people, sports stars and community groups to highlight the work of this unique…

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  • The week in review

    8th September 2017 by

    Welcome back to our weekly blog, marking the start of another Parliamentary year with our regular round-up of some of the highlights in justice and safer communities. Programme for Government First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opened proceedings in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday by unveiling an ambitious Programme for Government (PfG) for 2017-18. As well as…

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