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) 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 and wellbeing, crime prevention, resilience and equality, and the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.