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Think Equal and SVRU interaction with school children

Think Equal programme gets under way after launch event at Glasgow nursery

An early-years education programme which encourages children to build their confidence and self-esteem while managing their emotions at a young age is being introduced in Glasgow nurseries. Think Equal aims to prevent harmful behaviours in later life by supporting the emotional and social development and wellbeing of children aged three to six. The programme uses […]

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Student barbers learning to open up conversations about mental health

Around 30 students and staff on the hair styling and barber courses at Glasgow Clyde College have attended a workshop looking at how to support conversations around mental health when cutting men’s hair. The Brothers in Arms charity and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (SVRU) delivered the training input which aims to upskill barbers in

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Scotland’s Young People Demonstrate Success in Violence Reduction

In this guest blog Professor Susan McVie looks at the remarkable drop in violence among young people in Scotland over two decades. The blog first appeared at www.changingviolence.org and is reproduced here with Prof McVie’s permission. Over the last twenty years, Scotland’s success in reducing violence has been attributed to many factors, but one thing

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Charity Win Excellence Award

One Community Scotland has received a Chief Constable’s Excellence Award for their work with Glasgow’s New Scots community. The charity picked-up the award in the equality, diversity and inclusion category at a ceremony on Friday, 10th February at Tulliallan, the Scottish Police College. The category recognises projects which have made a significant contribution towards creating

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NATIONAL STATISTICS: RECORDED CRIME IN SCOTLAND BULLETIN JUNE 2022 STATEMENT

Responding to the latest National Statistics: Recorded Crime in Scotland bulletin for the year ending June 2022, Will Linden, deputy director of the SVRU, said: “The latest figures show Scotland has seen measures of some of the most serious forms of violence significantly reducing with murder and culpable homicide down 23% and serious assault and

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Niven Rennie

Director

Telephone: 01786 896785          Email: violence.reduction@scotland.pnn.police.uk

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.