Thanks for helping us with our research

Thank you for taking time to complete this short survey.  Your responses will help us to:   
  • Support continued development of partnership working in community safety.  
  • Deepen our understanding of what makes a safe community and bolster the position of CSPs in local areas and within national policy developments.  
  • Support development of the community safety workforce to continue their good work in the future public service environment.
  • Ensure policies and services take account of the different ways people experience community safety. 
We are organising focus groups in coming days to discuss these issues further; those will help us identify components of a modern and effective community safety partnership.  

NB: by completing this questionnaire you agree to participate in this SCSN research project.  Comments may be quoted on the basis that the source of the comment will remain anonymous unless you specifically state that you do not wish your words to be used. 

Please get in touch if you have additional questions or comments.   

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* 2. PARTNERSHIP WORKING: To what extent do the following features currently support the achievement of positive community safety outcomes in your area? (Please answer for your local area - or give a general perspective for the whole of Scotland if you work at a national level).

  Very strong Strong Quite strong Neither strong nor weak Weak Not applicable
Formal Community Safety Partnership
Informal local network for working collaboratively 
Community safety input to the development of the Local Outcome Improvement Plan
Links with the Community Planning Partnership
Links with the Community Justice Partnership
Partnership working with Police Scotland
Partnership working with the Fire & Rescue Service
Partnership working with the Ambulance Service
Partnership working with the Third Sector Interface
Partnership working with Local Authority statutory services (Education, Social Work, etc.)
Partnership working with Community Learning & Development
Partnership working with non-statutory Local Authority services (Culture & Leisure, etc)
Partnership working with Victim Support
Partnership working with Community Councils
Partnership working with NHS
Partnership working with third sector organisations on specific community safety issues
Partnership working with private sector
Reporting, monitoring & scrutiny
Overall: strategic partnership working
Overall: partnership working at operational level
Overall leadership for community safety

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* 3. PARTNERSHIP WORKING: Which of the following have been important for community safety work in your area - or nationally - over the last ten years?

  Very important Important Limited importance Neither important nor unimportant Not important or not a feature
Greater emphasis on partnership working
Greater emphasis on early intervention & prevention
Increased use of data and evidence to plan and support CS work
Greater levels of community engagement
More community-led CS activity
Stronger position for CS in local wider strategic planning
New areas of activity (eg. online safety, countering extremism, hate crime)
Impact of austerity
Change due to Public Sector Reform
Creation of Community Justice Partnerships
Changes to the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan

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* 4. Compared to ten years ago, we are working with a wider range of partners to develop and deliver community safety.

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* 5. How do community safety issues get identified and prioritised? (tick all that apply)

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* 6. Within the last three years, have you seen examples of partners/agencies acting independently to progress community safety issues that could have benefited from more collaborative approaches?

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* 7. SKILLS & EXPERTISE: Please indicate the extent to which the following skills are a feature of current community safety practice: 

  Very strong feature Strong feature Good level of use Some use of these skills Little or no use of these skills
Deliberative skills: the ability to negotiate situations involving differing opinions where a resolution of ideas is sought.
Facilitation skills: used to provide opportunities and resources to a group of people that enable them to make progress and succeed.
Consultative skills: used when prioritising relationships and open dialogue to identify and provide solutions in a person-focused way, rather than 'selling’ a service or solution.
Participative skills: required when inviting people to participate in the decision-making process to reach a collaborative conclusion.

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* 8. SKILLS & EXPERTISE: Please indicate what skill and expertise is currently available for community safety practioners locally (for respondents working at a national level, please respond with reference to your perception of practice across Scotland):

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* 9. DATA & EVIDENCE: The development and delivery of your community safety activity is:

  Yes Mainly true Partially true No
Evidence-based
Planned and assessed with reference to quantitative data (eg. crime statistics, health data)
Planned and assessed using qualitative data (eg. community engagement activity, focus groups, case studies, feedback questionnaires)

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* 10. FINANCE: Which of the following sources of funding have been used for community safety in the last five years?  Please tick all that apply.

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* 11. FINANCE: How has spending on community safety changed in the last ten years? (eg. more preventative spend, reduced budgets, new funding sources)

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* 12. INDIVIDUAL & COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVES: The following statements currently apply for your community safety activity:

  Yes To some extent No
Lived-experience is well understood and informs planning for community safety
We have a good understanding of the needs and interests of vulnerable communities and how safe they feel
The needs and interests of specific vulnerable communities are identified in a systematic way to inform planning for community safety
There are protocols in place for focusing on solutions for individuals causing concern

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* 13. OPPORTUNITIES, BARRIERS, CHALLENGES: How do overlapping responsibilities for community safety (nationally, regionally, locally and in communities) impact on effective delivery?

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* 14. OPPORTUNITIES, BARRIERS, CHALLENGES: To what extent do differing working styles and cultures of partners and potential partners hinder partnership working and collaboration?

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* 15. OPPORTUNITIES, BARRIERS, CHALLENGES: How confident are you and colleagues about the following facets of delivering community safety:

  Very confident Confident Reasonably confident Low confidence No confidence
Approaches to community engagement
Accessing & analysing data
Generating data and evidence of impact
Evidence-based planning
Evaluation & improvement planning
Preventative spend
Partnership working at all levels (cross-department, cross-sector)
Using digital media to communicate & engage
Outcomes-based approach
Influencing the Local Outcome Improvement Plan
Creative Placemaking
Targeting ‘difficult to reach’ communities
Adequate funding to meet the challenges
Workforce and partner skills

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* 16. BARRIERS, OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES: To what extent do you regard the following as significant opportunities/challenges for the future of safe communities? 

  Of major significance Some significance Minor significance Not significant
Post-covid community dynamics (positive)
Post-covid community dynamics (negative)
Changes to local planning and delivery structures
Community safety in a digital context
Cross-cutting issues such as poverty, loneliness, well-being
Differing needs in a rural/small town/urban context
Access to and analysis of data to inform community safety
Innovation: new approaches & initiatives
Learning from best practice
Information sharing
Development of new skills
Digital communication as a community engagement tool
Community empowerment
Placemaking
Design and management of the built environment
New legislation

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* 17. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING.  Please add any further comments here.  If you wish to be involved in future discussion for this project please also add your e-mail address.

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