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Together, we can tackle violence

Each year more than 100 people are killed in violent attacks in Scotland. It's a shocking statistic but it doesn't have to be this way.We don't have to accept that lives are lost through needless, mindless violence. We don't have to accept that violence is an inevitable part of life. That's why the Violence Reduction Unit was created, to develop a national approach to tackling violence across Scotland - and to show that violence is preventable, not inevitable.Browse our website to find out what's being done to tackle violence.

How things have changed...

I thought I would write an update after spending the night in Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s Emergency Room.

After a slow-ish start because of the snow, soon the waiting room began to fill, the trolleys became occupied and the nurses moved increasingly quickly to attend to the needs of the sick.

Without going to much into detail, here is what I observed:

Nature Versus Nurture - The next in our sticky series

Our main speaker Byron Vincent discusses nature versus nurture, and society's obligations to its weakest.

In a powerful, personal talk, Byron tells the story of his own childhood on a troubled housing estate, of how his surroundings shaped him, and of the choices he felt forced to make. Faced with similar circumstances he asks who can say they would make different choices. Byron explores the moral consequences of this for the rest of our society.

Untangling the Knots: An SCCR Event

Practical Approuches to family conflict resolutiond

This conference has relevance to a wide range of professionals: mediators and mediation professionals; those working in homeless prevention, housing, education, parenting, health, youth workers and community development; as well as policy makers and commissioners.  The Focus of the conference is on the importance of reducing family conflict and early intervention, to better support young people and their families, to improve relationships and life chances. 

Moira Jones Fund ‘Celebration of Life’ memorial run

A 5K charity run in celebration of the life of murdered Moira Jones will take place on Sunday, 19 October 2014 at 10am within Glasgow's Queens Park.

The event, which has been dubbed a "celebration of life," will encourage members of the local community to reclaim the park and commemorate Moira who perished there in 2008. (take more space here) Furthermore, the run will showcase Queens Park's beauty and tranquillity to visitors to the city.

Early Intervention -the 3 minute easy to understand animation

The UK Early Intervention Foundation, Center on the Developing at Harvard University, and the Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center at the University of Southern California present Brain Hero. 

Narration by Graham Allen, Founding Chair of the Early Intervention Foundation. Generous support for this video has been provided by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

For more information about the UK Early Intervention Foundation, please visit: http://earlyinterventionfoundation.or... 

Long and winding road: From neuroscience to policy, program, practice

Neuroscience and common sense are decisive: the earlier we nurture children's minds and hearts, the better lives they will live as adults. Yet, despite some tentative steps, we still wait too long. International child trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry and Berry Street's Annette Jackson say we might have to look at our own brain responses to understand why.

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