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Experiences of Community Safety in Scotland

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Experiences of Community Safety in Scotland

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We have had a long-standing interest in what makes people safe; and a curiosity about the role that various factors and ‘actors’ in the system play in creating safe communities.

In February 2020 we found out we were successful in securing an analyst through the Scottish Government’s analytical exchange programme. We have been working with Robyn Bailey during the summer months on two pieces of research, one of which tries to better understand people’s experiences of safety throughout the life stages as well as understanding different communities’ experiences of safety. This project aimed to unpick high level data about, and illustrate personal experiences of community safety, with a view to informing what can be done to create safer communities.

The way in which people experience safety is not homogenous and we want to use this piece of research to deepen our understanding of the variety of experiences and what communities understand is meant by ‘community safety’. By looking at this topic from a person-centric perspective we hope to better conceptualise what community safety as a whole: from what influences it, to its consequences, means to different people. To do this, a rapid evidence review was conducted using online journal articles, and data was gathered and analysed from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, the Scottish Household Survey, the Scottish Health Survey, and Public Health Scotland.

We hope this piece of work will help partners to further their work on prevention and influence policy and practice to match this diversity in experience. We will use it to influence our conversations about what makes a safe community and understanding how these things interact with one another to create inclusive, resilient and safe communities.

This webinar will launch this piece of work – participants will have a whistle-stop tour of the research process, key findings and emerging recommendations. It will give people the opportunity to discuss the findings from the research and consider some of the implications for policy and practice. We expect these to be the beginning of conversations – there is so much content in each of the life stages and communities with protected characteristics that subsequent themed webinars will be organised.

We will be recording the webinar to and we will share a harvest from the conversations afterwards, along with the research publication.

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