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New facility for children and vulnerable witnesses

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The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) is creating new, state of the art facilities to allow children and vulnerable witnesses to give their evidence in criminal trials and to participate in tribunal hearings within a safe, sensitive and secure environment. With funding support from the Scottish Government, the creation of a new child and... Read more »
Important news for our service users in North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire VSS services

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Important news for North Lanarkshire service users Due to fire damage our office at 267 Brandon Street, Motherwell will be temporarily operating from our South Lanarkshire office from Monday 5th February. Please continue to call 01698 336565 to arrange support appointments.

New Hate Crime training course

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Victim Support Scotland has created a new training course for stakeholders and practitioners, designed to provide comprehensive specialised training on hate crime, including how to provide effective support to victims. The training course was developed in response to the recent VSS research into the impact of hate crime and our resulting recommendation for a victim-centred... Read more »

Support following terror attack in Parsons Green

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Support in Scotland If you have been affected by this morning’s terror attack in Parsons Green,  free confidential help and support is available from Victim Support Scotland (VSS) VSS can provide emotional and practical support to victims and witnesses, family and friends. We can also refer people onto specialist services if needed. See our How can... Read more »

Public Consultation on Sentencing

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The public is to have a say in the development of Scotland’s first sentencing guideline which will influence the way offenders are sentenced in our courts. The Scottish Sentencing Council is launching a public consultation on its first draft guideline, which sets out the principles and purposes of sentencing for all offences. The Council, which... Read more »

Scottish Sentencing Council video

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The Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC) have released a series of four new videos on their website. One of the videos looks, in particular, at how sentencing works from a victim of crimes perspective. Victim Support Scotland were delighted to be asked by the SSC to be involved in an advisory capacity during the production of... Read more »
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