Safer Communities Scotland Podcast
By Scottish Community Safety Network
Our podcast features interviews and discussions with experts from across the Community Safety sector in Scotland and beyond.
#FireworkSafety: Gilly Mendes Ferreira, SSPCA
In this episode, we sat down for a chat with Gilly Mendes Ferreira, Head of Innovation & Strategic Relations at the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA). SCSN is once again backing the SSPCA #FireworkSafety campaign in 2022. We discussed the campaign, recent changes to the law in Scotland around fireworks purchasing & control zones - and the impact fireworks can have on people and animals. You can find out more about the SSPCA #FireworkSafety campaign at: www.scottishspca.org/firework-safety You can read about the changes to fireworks legislation in Scotland at: www.gov.scot/news/making-fireworks-safer/
October 20, 2022
Keeping the Peace: Mark Nicol, Community Improvement Partnership Lead, Wheatley Group
In June 2022, we sat down with Mark Nicol, Community Improvement Partnership Lead at the Wheatley Group, to discuss their newly launched ’Keeping the Peace’ campaign. This campaign takes a pro-social, early intervention and prevention approach to anti-social behaviour. We discussed what a pro-social approach to anti-social behaviour looks like, what anti-social behaviour is - and also looked at some other Wheatley Group campaigns designed to improve their communities wellbeing. You can read about the 'Keeping the Peace' campaign/initiative in the June 2022 edition of our Safety NETworks newsletter.
October 18, 2022
Celebrating 25 Years: In Conversation with Shirley McLaren
In September 2022, we celebrated 25 years of Community Safety Partnership work, and SCSN, in Scotland. We held a parliamentary reception at the Scottish Parliament sponsored by Clare Adamson MSP. Prior to that event, we sat down with three community safety experts and former SCSN board members to discuss the last 25 years of Community Safety work in Scotland. Here we chat with Shirley McLaren of Edinburgh Council and former SCSN board member.
September 22, 2022
Celebrating 25 Years: In Conversation With...Liz Lumsden, RoSPA
In September 2022, we celebrated 25 years of Community Safety Partnership work, and SCSN, in Scotland. We held a parliamentary reception at the Scottish Parliament sponsored by Clare Adamson MSP. Prior to that event, we sat down with three community safety experts and former SCSN board members to discuss the last 25 years of Community Safety work in Scotland. Here we chat with Liz Lumsden, Community Safety Manager at RoSPA and former SCSN board member.
September 20, 2022
Celebrating 25 Years: In Conversation with...Ian Hanley, former SCSN Chair Person
In September 2022, we celebrated 25 years of Community Safety Partnership work, and SCSN, in Scotland. We held a parliamentary reception at the Scottish Parliament sponsored by Clare Adamson MSP. Prior to that event, we sat down with three community safety experts and former SCSN board members to discuss the last 25 years of Community Safety work in Scotland. In this episode, we chat with Ian Hanley, formerly of Inverclyde Council and ex Chair Person of the SCSN Board of Directors. We discussed Ian's memories of the major developments in community safety over the past 25 years, how community safety policy & practice has evolved over that time, the role SCSN has played - and looked to what lies ahead for community safety.
September 20, 2022
Drug Prohibition: Does it really make our communities safer?
In this episode, we chat with Simon McLean, head of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) Scotland. Against a background of the newly published drug deaths figures for 2021, the Drug Deaths Taskforce Final Report, and newly announced plans by the Home Office to further penalise drug users, we discuss whether our current drug laws make communities safer or more dangerous places; what law enforcement officers think about their role in prosecuting the failed War on Drugs; and what effect drug laws have on corrupting our democratic institutions and affecting public confidence in the police. We also discuss the impact and costs faced by law enforcement officers in prosecuting the war on drugs. Simon is author of 'The Ten Percent: The truth, the whole truth and something like the truth'. A memoir about his time working in the Police described as 'a hugely entertaining read'. Find out more about the book or purchase it via Ringwood Publishing. Follow LEAP Scotland on Twitter and Facebook. You can take part in the Drug Death Prevention Bill Survey, discussed in the Podcast, here. You can also find out more about the Violence Reduction Unit on their website here. You can follow the work of Peter Krykant by following him on Twitter. Recorded in August 2022.
August 23, 2022
Distant Voices: Professor Fergus McNeill
In this episode we talked to Fergus McNeill Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow where he works in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and in Sociology (SCCJR). Prior to becoming an academic in 1998, Fergus worked for a decade in residential drug rehabilitation and as a criminal justice social worker. His many research projects and publications have examined institutions, cultures and practices of punishment and rehabilitation and their alternatives. Fergus works on ‘Distant Voices: Coming Home’ which is a major, multi-partner Economic and Social Research Council/Arts and Humanities Research Council project exploring re-integration after punishment through creative practices and research methods. His most recent books include ‘Reimagining Rehabilitation: Beyond the Individual’ (with Lol Burke and Steve Collett) and ‘Pervasive Punishment: Making sense of mass supervision’. Follow Fergus on Twitter: @Fergus_McNeill
August 10, 2022
Water Safety in Scotland: Carlene McAvoy, RoSPA/Water Safety Scotland
Carlene McAvoy works as Leisure Safety Manager with RoSPA Scotland and is also secretariat and founder of Water Safety Scotland. In this episode, we discuss how community safety partnerships can engage with Water Safety Scotland, what we can learn from other countries approaches to water safety, impacts of climate change on water safety in Scotland & what people can do to stay safe around water. Find out more about RoSPA by visiting - https://www.rospa.com/about/around-the-uk/scotland Find out more about Water Safety Scotland by visiting - https://watersafetyscotland.org.uk/
August 09, 2022
Community Safety Scotland Podcast Trailer
A very brief introduction to our new Community Safety Scotland Podcast.
August 08, 2022