Accessibility Statement for the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit website


Our website is currently undergoing redevelopment. As part of that process we are working to make it as accessible and useable as possible for all abilities and disabilities.

We are amending our site to make it easy to use by using:

  • easier-to-read colours

  • larger fonts

  • plain English

  • keyboard-only navigation


If you cannot access any part of this site or want to report an accessibility problem please contact us at or you can call 01786 896785 during office hours.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission enforces the accessibility regulations (the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

If you’re unhappy with our response you can get in touch with the Equality Advisory and Support Service. They are an independent advice service and can provide guidance on what to do next.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Scottish Violence Reduction Unit is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions’ listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-Compliance with the accessibility regulations

Home Page

About Us page

One Community page

YDT Glasgow & Dundee pages

Research Hub

These issues will be addressed and resolved by 01/03/2023 with the ongoing redesign of the SVRU website.

Material not included in the regulations

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other forms of documents which were published before September 23rd 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

This website is currently being redesigned and this will be carried out in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. As part of this process an external accessibility audit will be carried out. While this work is ongoing we will continue to carry out internal reviews of content published to the website and design system components used to construct the site.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21st November 2022. It was last reviewed on 14th of November 2022.

This website was last tested on 14th of November 2022 The test was carried out by the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit.

Niven Rennie


Telephone: 01786 896785          Email:

Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.