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Robert Lambden
Pictured from left to right: Rhona Wilson - Assessor, Glasgow service; Colette Corby & Jeanie Hill, Fife service; Barbara Harding - Assessor, Edinburgh service

Pictured from left to right: Rhona Wilson - Assessor, Glasgow service; Colette Corby & Jeanie Hill, Fife service; Barbara Harding - Assessor, Edinburgh service

Fife Community Mediation Service was presented with their Accreditation Certificate at the recent Scottish Community Mediation Network (SCMN) meeting held near Falkirk.  Fife Community Mediation Service offers free mediation to those who have difficulties with their neighbour throughout the Kingdom of Fife and are now in their 18th year of providing this service.

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Alan Mairs
Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum logo

In December 2012, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on proposals to redesign the community justice system in Scotland. The consultation document set out three options: 

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Alan Mairs
Sir Geoffrey Palmer

We are delighted to join in congratulating Sacro Board member, Geoffrey Palmer, who has received a knighthood in the 2013 New Year's Honours in recognition of services to human rights, science and charity. Sir Geoffrey is Professor Emeritus at Heriot Watt University and has been an active and supportive member of the Sacro Board for some years.
 

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Robert Lambden
Freshsight Project Team handing over their Final Report to members of ECMS

Recently a project team from the voluntary sector organisation Freshsight gave an interesting and well-executed presentation on the results of their research to Edinburgh Community Mediation staff.

During the autumn 2013 semester, a project team from Freshsight carried out research on behalf of Sacro’s Edinburgh Community Mediation Service.  The research looked at both ways to improve the efficiency of the internal process together with how multi-cultural cases could be improved upon.

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Alan Mairs

The Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice (SCCCJ) have just published the second edition of Scottish Justice Matters on the theme of Desistance. SJM is available to download for free from the journal website or viewed online at MagCloud.com. Printed copies of Scottish Justice Matters can also be ordered on demand at a cost from MagCloud.

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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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