Written by
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.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Tagged as
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.

Written by
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.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Scottish Government logo

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.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Tagged as
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.

Written by
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.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Tagged as
Quality, support
EFQM Committed to Excellence logo

Sacro has been successful in achieving the Quality Scotland (QS) Committed to Excellence accreditation.

The assessment was completed on Friday 3 June when the QS team reviewed our submission and held interviews with key staff involved in the process. Sacro's submission covered three projects: risk management, stakeholder analysis and performance management. The QS team highly praised the quality of the submission and the approach, implementation and learning achieved as a result. 

Written by
Alan Mairs
www.fearless.scot

Fearless, the national support service for survivors of domestic abuse in Scotland has launched a new website. The site www.fearless.scot offers information and resources on the service and allows users to make a referral online. 

The service works with survivors of domestic abuse over 16 years old of all races, religions, beliefs, abilities, gender identities, sexes or sexual orientations. 

Written by
Alan Mairs
SRJF logo

In support of the maintenance and development of good practice in restorative approaches in Scotland, the Scottish Restorative Justice Forum (SRJF) is establishing a practice network for restorative practitioners in Scotland. The idea was endorsed at a mapping event held by the SRJF on 27 November 2015.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Left to right: Scott Muir, Kenny Gibson, Simon Weston CBE, Graeme Dalgliesh

Sacro's Veterans Mentoring Service (VMS) team attended the 1st Annual Veterans First Point (V1P) (Scotland) Conference to celebrate the launch of V1P’s services across Scotland on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. 

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