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‘Everybody wants better for their bairns’ CJS launch part two of groundbreaking campaign

NEWS | 14th November 2019

(Edinburgh – 14 November 2019) – Today Community Justice Scotland launches the second part of their national campaign aimed at changing perceptions of what justice should look like in 21st century Scotland – and, alongside colleagues from health, education, social work, justice and youth work, calls for a smarter approach to justice.

Justice is about more than the justice system.

Told through the voices of professionals, Second Chancers: Our Scotland paints a picture of collaborative and joined-up justice aimed at changing lives, tackling the underlying causes of crime and making our country a better place for everyone.

Comprising of eight new audio stories, each with its own striking image, the campaign is set to tour across Scotland as well as being available online at

Second Chancers: Our Scotland gives a glimpse of what working together could achieve. The participants include:

  1. A GP working in one of the most deprived parts of Edinburgh
  2. A summary sheriff in Tayside, Central and Fife
  3. The Head Teacher of a primary school in Glasgow
  4. A mentor who works with young people who have experienced trauma
  5. A social worker based in South Lanarkshire
  6. A mentor who supports people with complex needs and trauma
  7. A custody nurse based in St Leonard’s police station
  8. A community police officer in East Dunbartonshire

The stories reveal a Scotland where deprivation, trauma, mental health and addiction lead to startling inequality – but give hope of a better future when professionals focus on seeing the human rather than squeezing them into the systems we have built to process them. Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive of Community Justice Scotland said:

Scotland has so many dedicated and compassionate people working in health, housing, education and justice who understand how they contribute to making our communities better for everyone. We need to identify and scale-up the excellent work that is happening so that every citizen has the support they need, when they need it.

Smart justice is about more than the justice system.

It’s about prevention – and regardless of what sector you work in, we all have a role to play and a responsibility to making Scotland the safest country in the world.