Safer communities

In this strand, we aim to describe and understand the factors that influence the shifting patterns of demand and response within public sector services. This will include emergency services and health and justice organisations, and aims to analyse the links between demand and mental health conditions in particular.

Lead: Professor Susan McVie, University of Edinburgh

There is an increasing need for improved understanding of the links between demand for services and ‘vulnerability’ (however defined) that will influence service planning, delivery and, in the longer term, infrastructure development.  Evidence will be generated that responds to several areas of policy, in particular concern over mental health & wellbeing, crime prevention, resilience & equality, and the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.

We work closely with stakeholders in crime and justice developing awareness and research agendas for administrative data in this area. We hold a range of engagement events such as our workshop ‘Driving forward data informed approaches to policing’ and Professor Betsy Stanko's seminar ‘Using criminology, police data and a lot of nouse’.

Our recent case study explains the benefits of potential collaborative work on policing data in Scotland.

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