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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
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.

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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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Alan Mairs
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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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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Alan Mairs
Edinburgh

Sacro’s Community Justice Centre in Edinburgh has moved.

Edinburgh services are now based at 29a Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QN.

Our main telephone number is the same at 0131 622 7500. If you have any queries please contact Nicola McCloskey, Service Manager at nmccloskey@sacro.org.uk.

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Alan Mairs
Cover of Evaluation of Mentoring PSPs document

An independent evaluation of the Scottish Government's Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) has concluded that "mentoring is an effective approach which helps mentees to learn and implement constructive, non-criminal ways of addressing problems in their lives and to reduce risk factors associated with offending behaviour, and that there is a strong case for the continuation and expansion of mentoring services".

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