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Bright Choices to support victims of honour abuse

A project supporting victims of honour abuse is to be set up in Edinburgh amid a rise in the number of reported cases. It follows a survey that suggests the offence is accepted by a significant number of families in Edinburgh's black and ethnic minority communities. The support project was set up by Sacro, Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council and the charity Multi-Cultural Family Base, following consultation with Police Scotland

So-called honour crime is when a family member abuses a relative they believe has shamed the family or community.

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Scottish Justice Matters cover 2:3

The fifth issue of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice (SCCCJ) journal is now available as a free download. The publication takes "Children, Young People and Justice" as its main theme.

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Good Neighbours

Sacro’s Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Community Mediation Service will be running a Good Neighbour competition in the lead up to Christmas – the season of goodwill to all.

The mediation service would like to invite residents of Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire to nominate someone who has been a particularly good neighbour over the past year. The winner in each area will receive a meal for two.

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Sacro Annual Review 2013-2014

Sacro's Annual Review 2013-2014 is now available to download.

The review charts a busy year for the organisation which saw us deliver a number of new developments across Scotland including a service to tackle sectarianism and a mentoring service for armed forces veterans.

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John Scott delivers Sacro Lecture 2014

John Scott QC delivered this year's Sacro lecture to a wide-ranging audience in the University of Edinburgh's Playfair Library.

In his lecture, Restorative Practices and the Heart of the Criminal Justice System, John Scott offered a human rights analysis of restorative justice as a means of having both victims and offenders at the heart of the criminal justice system.

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Robert Lambden

Perth and Kinross Community Mediation Service were recently presented with their certificate of Accreditation at a meeting in Hamilton. This follows on from their original Accreditation in 2009.

One of the assessors for the Service’s portfolio, Rachel Blow, said how “It was a privilege to be part of the assessment team. They continue to meet standards despite challenges to the service. We had the opportunity to engage with members of an experienced team over practice standards and some of the finer points of procedural detail. “

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Cllr Aitken at Sacro's Criminal Justice Centre in Edinburgh

Sacro recently welcomed Councillor Elaine Aitken to our Community Justice Centre in Edinburgh where she met with three of our staff; Paolo Mazzoncini, Keith Hastie and Nicola McCloskey. 

Councillor Aitken had heard about the Another Way Service and was particularly interested to hear more about the work that we do with women involved in prostitution.

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Robert Lambden

The Scottish Community Mediation Centre have now launched their brand new website. Speaking at its launch Ian McDonough the Centre's manager said " We are confident that the new SCMC website will act as a great vehicle for promoting community mediation as an effective and positive way of handling conflict in Scotland's communities"

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Alan Mairs

New prisoner release arrangements have been announced today by the Scottish Government that will allow more targeted access to health, housing and other services to help prisoners integrate back into the community and reduce the risk of re-offending.

Sacro and other agencies have highlighted that this can be a problem for people, leaving custody near the weekend when there can be limited access to services.

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The Another Way team at the Care Accolades ceremony

On 10 June 2014 Sacro’s ‘Another Way’ service was awarded a Care Accolade in the category of ‘innovation and redesign’ by the Scottish Social Service Council. Brittany Stewart, volunteer mentor and Jane, service user, had the opportunity to be involved in the experience.

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