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Alan Mairs

MSPs have passed the Victims and Witnesses Bill in the Scottish Parliament today (12/12/2013)

Commenting on the Bill, Sacro Chief Executive, Tom Halpin said:

"Restorative Justice (RJ) is widely regarded as a powerful process in repairing the harm caused to victims of crime. The recognition of RJ within the Victims and Witnesses Bill is a welcome step and Sacro is supportive of any move to make the provision of RJ more widely available.

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Alan Mairs
Youth Restorative Conference

Sacro are pleased to take the opportunity of International Restorative Justice week to highlight services. Sacro has been at the forefront of developing restorative practices across Scotland since the 1980’s and currently provide services across many areas in Scotland for adults and young people.

Restorative Justice provides opportunities for those harmed by offences and those responsible for the harm to take part in a safe process, where they can communicate about what happened and how amends might be made for the harm caused.

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Alan Mairs
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Lord Carloway delivering the Sacro Lecture 2013

Lord Carloway, Lord Justice Clerk, delivered the annual Sacro Lecture on Tuesday 5 November at Edinburgh's Playfair Library.

In his lecture, Lord Carloway provided an often personal insight into how sentencing has progressed over the years and the manner in which it might progress further.   

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Alan Mairs
Good Neighbours

In the run up to the festive period Sacro’s Community Mediation Service in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are running a “Love thy Neighbour” Competition. Residents in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are being invited to nominate someone who has been a particularly good neighbour this year. 
 
Irene Reid, Community Mediation Team Leader said: “We tend to hear the stories about neighbours falling out so it is always heartening to hear the positive stories. It is a brilliant opportunity for people to thank a neighbour who has gone that extra mile in 2013.
 

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Alan Mairs
Positive Intervention Programme

Sacro’s pilot Positive Intervention Programme is coming towards the end of its first year working with men with abusive behaviour, in Glasgow and North Ayrshire. 
 
The programme is aimed at men whose abusive behaviour towards their female partner has not yet resulted in them being charged or prosecuted. This allows the programme to engage with men across the whole spectrum of abusive behaviour and does not concentrate wholly on violence. 
 

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Alan Mairs
Gus Napier of Sacro's Edinburgh Travel Service

Sacro's Travel Service aims to provide a regular transport service to many of Scotland’s prisons and the State Hospital at Carstairs. The service enables prisoners to maintain important contact with their families and friends. This contact helps to sustain family relationships and facilitate the prisoners’ re-integration to the community on release.
 

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Alan Mairs
Annual Review 2012-2013 cover image

Sacro's Annual Review 2012-2013 is now available to download.

The review charts an exciting and productive year for the organisation which saw us deliver a number of innovative new services across Scotland including the advent of Public Social Partnerships (PSPs). The PSP model provides an opportunity for greater collaboration between voluntary and public bodies and Sacro has been a key partner in the design and delivery of three major new initiatives to tackle reoffending during the year.

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Alan Mairs
L-R: Tracy Mackie, Alison McInnes MSP and Billy Nicol at Sacro's Aberdeen office

Liberal Democrat front bench spokesperson on Justice, Alison McInnes MSP, visited Sacro's Aberdeen office today to hear more about our work in the area of restorative justice.

Sacro's Aberdeen Service Manager, Tracy Mackie and National Service Support Manager, Billy Nicol met with Alison and provided information on process, referral routes, numbers and outcomes as well as highlighting the impact Restorative Justice can have on the wider community.

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Kirk Burton

Sacro are currently running Conflict Resolution workshops at Fraserburgh Academy in Aberdeenshire with third year pupils.

The workshops which are being run by Irene Reid and Libby Dickson are divided into six weekly sessions and are designed to encourage young people to think about conflict and where it arises in their own lives. The young people will then have the opportunity to develop their own conflict resolution skills by considering and discussing different behavioural techniques.

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