There is an on-going debate surrounding the Human Rights Act and the proposal from the new Conservative administration to repeal the act. The Scottish Human Rights Consortium will be holding a meeting to discuss the future of the Human Rights Act in the UK and Scotland on Monday 1st June ay 2pm in the STUC offices on Woodlands Road in Glasgow.
Recently a leading academic issued a call for Universal Drug testing to be rolled out in the Scottish Prison Estate. Professor Neil McKeganay outlined his proposal in an article that appeared in the Scotsman newspaper. The following day he was talking about the issue on Radio Scotland, alongside our Communications and Information Co-ordinator. You can listen to the ensuing exchange of views on bbc i-player for another 8 days. The interview starts at 1.50.30 in the programme…
The April edition of the monthly briefing produced by Justice Analytical Services in the Scottish Government, covering the period up to 17th April is available for download from the Government’s website.
The purpose of this briefing is to provide, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics in Scotland. As this brief is going to be issued on a monthly basis, readers should feel confident that the data in it are up to date. The brief includes a special feature on its back page, drawing from recent research undertaken by Justice Analytical Services. This month’s article focusses on the 5-step approach to evaluating behaviour change.
Any suggestions for improvement or for other aspects to cover in the brief would be very welcome and should be addressed to JusticeAnalysts@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.
The Scottish Government in partnership with Scottish Business in the Community and the Scottish Prison Service are hosting an Employability Summit: Working2Change, taking place on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.
The summit will be a vehicle to bring together an audience of the key national, local, private and public sector employers in order to promote the employability of one of the most marginalised groups in our communities – people with criminal convictions.
It will also provide the Scottish Prison Service with the chance to showcase how it is meeting the needs of employers through tailoring skills, training and education within prisons to match the needs of the labour market.
The day will include opportunities to meet with key employers who have benefited from including people from this sector of our communities in their workforce, as well as key note speakers and workshops.
The aim of the event is to facilitate a better understanding about the current employment environment for those with a criminal conviction and provide a forum for employers to discuss the current barriers they face in this area and to identify ways to overcome them.
The event is free to attend but must be booked in advance.
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, announced on Tuesday that John Scott QC, a leading human rights lawyer and chair of the Scottish branch of the Howard League for Penal Reform, would now lead an expert panel to investigate the future use of stop and search, including considering a ban.
There has been a whole new level of controversy over the use of stop and search particularly in relation to using it on children aged 12 and under.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies in Scotland have also produced an audit report reviewing the use of stop and search, whilst the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice research have produced their own report to add to the debate. This issue has also attracted a lot of press attention with an article appearing in the Guardian.
We are pleased to highlight opportunities within BBC Scotland for apprenticeships – if you love the idea of working in the media then the BBC website has full details for you and the application process.
“From September, 10 people will have the chance to work with BBC professionals on Radio, TV and Online content across a range of departments such as Sport, Children’s, Learning and News.
Your on-the-job experience along with BBC training and study at Glasgow Kelvin College will all add up to the skills and knowledge you need to achieve a Creative & Digital Media Apprenticeship at Level 3.
There is a lot of hard work involved but this will be a learning experience like no other!
If you like the sound of what the BBC Scotland apprenticeship has to offer and you are 100% committed to becoming a full time apprentice for a year then this opportunity could be for you.
Don’t worry about having experience or qualifications; it’s you as a person we’re interested in!”
The Women Where to Go Leaflet produced by Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership (GWAWP) has recently been updated. This booklet has been designed to be used by both women looking for services and by workers who are looking to access services for women, children and young people they support.
We have made the full leaflet available from our dropbox site.
The latest bulletin from Justice Analytical Services is now available on the Scottish Government website. The brief contains all the latest up to date information regarding, inter alia, crime; policing; hate crime; drugs and alcohol; community safety; criminal and civil proceedings; and offender management.
This month’s special focus looks at Sectarianism in Scotland…
This report, which was commissioned by the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice and written by Space Unlimited, aims to understand how young people could become active participants in shaping improvements to youth justice policy, practice and research.
Between April and October 2014, social enterprise and charity Space Unlimited worked with a diverse range of young people, engaging them in discussing their experiences, ideas for change based on those experiences, and their thoughts on the shape of an ongoing role for young people like themselves.
It also includes an appendix of ‘Stories of change’ from the perspectives of young people and the professionals who work with them.
Our good friend and colleague Richard Thomson of Recruit with Conviction is conducting some research into the learning experience in Prison. This is a transnational collaborative study that is seeking answers to five basic questions: –
1) Generally what do you think is the purpose of prison education?
2) Which learning activities have you been involved in?
3) Which learning resources were used?
4) From your personal experience, what were the benefits? What were the difficulties?
5) Which skills did you most want to improve for the future?
Did you get the chance to improve these skills?
If anyone is interested in taking part in a telephone conversation then please forward your details to us and we will pass them onto Richard.