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Alan Mairs
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Writing in Today's Herald, Sacro's Chief Executive, Tom Halpin highlights the important work of Scotland's third sector and calls on funders and policy makers to carefully examine their choices when commissioning services.

You can read the full article on the Herald website

Written by
Alan Mairs
Launch of Armed Forces Transition Project

Mentors from Sacro's Veterans Mentoring Service met with Scotland's Veterans Commissioner, Eric Fraser CBE at the launch of the Armed Forces Transition Project at Edinburgh Napier University today.

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Alan Mairs
Ben Gummer MP speaking to Sacro staff

Sacro has received funding for its Bright Choices and Veterans Mentoring services.

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Alan Mairs
More paedophiles should be treated; not jailed

Speaking in today’s Times, Sacro Chief Executive, Tom Halpin advocates more access to support for men caught viewing images of child sex abuse online.

In line with recent comments from specialists in England, Mr Halpin says more must be done to identify, challenge and offer treatment to those who view online child abuse but have not yet approached a child, in order to allow better targeting of resources on those more dangerous abusers who pose a direct and significant threat to children.

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Alan Mairs
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Women, FGM
Edinburgh FGM Conference

For this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Bright Choices in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Child Protection Committee organised an event for frontline professionals to raise awareness of FGM and the work that is currently being done to support survivors and protect girls and women at risk of the practice.

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Alan Mairs
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Women, children
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

To mark this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, the City of Edinburgh Child Protection Committee and Bright Choices are organising an event in partnership. This event is aimed at frontline professionals across Health, the Police, Education, Social Services and the Third Sector whose work brings them in direct contact with women who have survived FGM and girls and young women at risk of the practice.

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Alan Mairs
Visit from Ukraine Ministry of Justice

Sacro recently welcomed representatives from the Ukraine Ministry of Justice to share knowledge and experience of prison reform and community justice. The seminar also included representatives from Council of Europe, social work and Scottish Prison Service.

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Alan Mairs
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Scotland’s new approach to community justice.

A bold new strategy seeking to break the cycle of offending by strengthening community justice has been announced by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson.

Tackling offending through early intervention, identifying the reasons why people offend in the first place, and helping people reintegrate into the community after custody, is at the heart of the new approach.

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Alan Mairs
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communities, BME
Bright Choices

Established in 2015 with funding from the Big Lottery, Bright Choices was created to offer Edinburgh a unique, holistic support model. We provide intense emotional and practical assistance to individuals and families; use restorative practices to heal old wounds and mediation to prevent new ones; and provide all agencies working in the field of community human rights with comprehensive, free training on how to engage effectively.

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Alan Mairs

The Scottish Government’s Reducing Reoffending Change Fund partnership has confirmed the extension of funding for a number of Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) into the financial year 2017/2018. This includes the Sacro-led women’s mentoring service “Shine” in addition to the New Routes PSP, TCA PSP, and Moving On PSP.

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