Scottish Government’s Building Safer Communities Programme
Building Safer Communities (BSC) is one of the key strands that contributes to the Justice Vision of a safe, just and resilient Scotland.
BSC is a collaborative partnership with local and national partners and communities, including Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, to drive forward and champion Community Safety.
This means enabling everyone in Scotland to live in safe, cohesive and resilient communities where they feel secure, focusing not only on the consequences of Crime and Unintentional Harm but investing in preventative approaches and tackling the underlying causes.
Gordon Paterson, Head of the Building Safer Communities and Cashback at the Scottish Government explains: “Building Safer Communities is anchored in a holistic and co-ordinated approach which spans beyond justice into education, early years, regeneration, and the wider public sector reform agenda. Key to this is working in partnership to draw on the skills, knowledge and experiences of the communities themselves to recognise their strengths and build their own capacity and resilience.”
The Building Safer Communities programme (BSC) has provided the impetus to develop a more co-ordinated and strategic approach to the unintentional harm agenda in Scotland, building links with wider community safety activities. A key step in this work was the development and publication of a Strategic Assessment of unintentional harm in Scotland.
This work is being directed by an Executive Working Group, chaired by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, to support implementation of recommendations from the assessment. The group has identified key areas of activity which includes ongoing engagement with partners across Scotland to mobilise practitioners to focus on prevention and achieve better outcomes.
As part of this work, the Building Safer Communities Unintentional Harm and Injury Executive Group held a national learning event on 19th April at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Cambuslang. Neighbourhood Watch Scotland attended this event.
Gordon says: “The event was a timely opportunity to discuss how we can collectively engage and work together to reduce unintentional harm and injury across Scotland. We had some excellent speakers and it was a very engaging and informative event.” See link for more details on the national learning event.
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