Community Safety is about ensuring that the environment we live in is safe, strong, and attractive, where everyone has the opportunity and right to live, work, and visit in safety without fear or risk of harm. The Highland Wellbeing Alliance Community Safety Strategy focused on issues such as Crime and the Fear of Crime, Drug and Alcohol Misuse, Domestic Abuse, Home safety, Road Safety, Equaliities and Diversity, Engaging with Young People and many other aspects which affect community cohesion.
Whilst there is always room for improvement, it is recognised that Highland is the safest place to live and work, enjoying the lowest crime rates in the UK, it is also an area that offers a wide variety of amenities, sport and leisure facilities as well as a wealth of tourist attractions and unique landscapes and places to visit. Feeling safe at home in the streets and within the wider community is essential to everyone's quality of life, and it is our aim to ensure that this is of paramount importance.
The Highland Community Safety Strategy is delivered by the Community Safety Action Network across Highland. At a more local level each of the 10 Highland areas have an identified Community Safety Action Team (CSAT) and in Caithness this partnership is made up of local representatives led by Highland Council and Northern Constabulary. Caithness CSAT has identified subgroups which focus heavily on vandalism, road safety, home safety, public reassurance as well as a promoting equalities and valuing diversity sub group. The Caithness CSAT has developed and supported a number of community safety initiatives and other bodies to improve quality of life issues in the county and beyond.
The Highland Drug and Alcohol Team, (HDAAT)
Based in Inverness, HDAAT exists to take forward and co-ordinate activity across Highland and the response to the Scottish Strategies for Drugs and Alcohol. Money is made available to DAT’s across Scotland to progress their own individual Plans in response to the National Strategies. HDAAT has formed a network of forums across Highland, who work at a more local level in promoting activity and supporting initiatives, and in so doing fund them with a very small budget to progress actions in their areas. The Caithness Drug and Alcohol Forum is a partnership of different agencies and community representatives who agree a co-ordinated approach to drug and alcohol related issues which effect our communities.
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