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Justice Vision and Priorities 11/10/2018 Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has hailed progress on the Justice Vision and Priorities for Scotland strategy, published last year to create safer and more resilient communities across Scotland.

Justice Vision and Priorities

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has hailed progress on the Justice Vision and Priorities for Scotland strategy, published last year to create safer and more resilient communities across Scotland.

"Scotland has become a safer place over the past decade, with less crime, falling drug use and better support for victims,” said Mr Yousaf. “This strategy has focused our priorities over the past year, and we have achieved a great deal in that time, thanks to the hard work of professionals across the justice system, and critically, in partnerships with wider public services including, health, education, housing and employment, and with the third sector.”

He made the comments as an annual update on the strategy was published, allowing the Scottish Government “to see what has worked, and what we still need to do to tackle crime and the inequality that often influences the likelihood of someone being a victim or being drawn into offending.”

Further actions outlined in the update paper include:

  • A package of measures to strengthen victims' rights and support
  • Expansion of the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme and Medics Against Violence programme into more schools
  • Consulting on reform to Scotland's hate crime legislation
  • On-going joint response work between Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service, as part of wider public service reform, to share key data to identify vulnerability and focus on prevention
  • Action to improve contact between parents in prison and their children, to support positive attachment.

Actions achieved in 2017-18 include:

  • Work to strengthen support for victims of crime, including an updated Standards of Service for Victims and Witnesses, and the introduction of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) Bill
  • The establishment of a new Health and Justice Collaborative
  • The passing of the Domestic Abuse Bill
  • The opening of four new prison visitor centres, reducing the negative impact on children who have an imprisoned parent.

The update can be found here.
 

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