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Dumfries and Galloway Public Protection Week 2024 - Programme

Dumfries and Galloway Public Protection Partnership is delighted to announce that D&G Public Protection Week is taking place from 12th to 16th February 2024, with an additional event also on 21st February 2024

Public Protection Week 2024 will be an opportunity for all key partner organisations in Dumfries and Galloway to connect with the community, share best practices and knowledge, and support each other to continually enhance services.  The full week of events will involve key speakers across public protection to raise awareness and understanding of public protection in Dumfries & Galloway and to facilitate discussions with both staff and our communities.

The events are varied, informative, and inclusive - suitable for staff teams and members of the public.

Please note: We may update further information about our events as soon as we receive them. If you have any queries about our events, please email

If you require reasonable adjustments to attend one of our public protection events including BSL interpretation please email and we will do our best to accommodate on a case by case basis.


D&G Public Protection Week - Programme




Delivery Channel


Gambling Related Harm with Sgt Gregg Armstrong, Police Scotland.

Police Scotland - Gambling Related Harm Data Collection Pilot

"Gambling related the adverse impacts from gambling on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and society". These harms affect resources, relationships, and health. The impact from them may be short- lived but with long lasting consequences and contributes to existing inequalities.

Gambling related harm can lead to some of the following examples of incidents Police may deal with:

- Vulnerable people                       - Missing people

- Domestic related incidents         - Money Laundering

- Violence                                       - Financial Crime

- Sudden death's                             - Concern for person

This session will detail the results of a 6 month data collection pilot which occurred within V Division (Police Scotland) between October 2022 to March 2023. This pilot was used as an attempt to gauge the impact gambling related harm has on the public which then transfers to policing.


    10:00 - 10:45

    Online (Teams) 

    Click HERE to book your place




    Commercial Sexual Exploitation with Linda Thompson.


    Making the Links

    As individuals, communities and services face the pressures from the Cost of Living Crisis and the ongoing impact of Covid, increasing numbers of women and families are moving towards poverty and destitution.  Where these exist, women are faced with difficult situations and reduced options for income and managing homes and so the numbers involved in all aspects of the sex industry are increasing.

    This session will highlight the links between sexual exploitation and wider inequalities and cover issues such as the reality of the sex industry, womens experiences and how services can respond.

    The session will use the voices and testimonies of women along with research and strategies.


    14:00 -16:30

    Online (Teams) 

    Click HERE to book your place


    Apex Scotland with Mhairi Ross and Gareth Thomas.

    The aim of the session is to share the learnings and findings of Apex Scotland's Partners In Change Project. In September 2021 Apex were awarded Partners in Change funding from the Robertson Trust to develop, in partnership with the Resilience Learning Partnership and others, a model for trauma informed working.  This is a 3 year programme where we will trial this with the aim of demonstrating the benefits of a trauma informed and inclusive culture, both on those accessing our services and our staff.  With input from University of Dundee and an experienced psychotherapist we will initiate a cultural change programme across the whole of the organisation designed to increase our ability to listen and respond to the voices and experiences of those we serve, including critical ones, and to use this to create a continuous improvement environment where the unique experiences of the individual are valued and empowered.

    The initial findings of the research will be published in early February and the session will discuss how the project has gone so far.

    10:00- 11:00

    Online (Teams) 

    Click HERE to book your place



    Dumfries and Galloway Housing First Service with Victoria Long, Turning Point Scotland.

    Dr Sam Tsemberis developed and introduced the Housing First model in 1992 in New York City. The model was based on the belief that people experiencing homelessness, with multiple and complex needs, should not have to prove that they are housing ready. The model is now used all over the world and was introduced in Scotland by Turning Point Scotland in 2003, where it has been very successful. Dumfries and Galloway Housing First Service began on 1st August 2021. Support is led by Turning Point Scotland in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Housing Options and Homeless Service and Wheatley Homes South.

    The session will cover:

    An overview of the Housing First model and the benefits of this support.

    An overview of the Dumfries and Galloway service

    The successes and challenges that the team have experienced.

    Information on the referral pathway.

    The session will last and hour and will include a question-and-answer session at the end.


    14:00- 15:00

    Online (Teams) 

    Click HERE to book your place




    Recovery Communities with Faye Hardy.

    "Recovery Communities are networks of local people who have the same goal of working towards the journey of recovery through providing lived experience peer support to each other.

    Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self directed lives and further develop their potential.

    Volunteering and training and development opportunities are available for you to get involved in Recovery Communities in Dumfries and Galloway."

    The session will look at development of Recovery Communities - Dumfries and Galloway Recovery Together (DGRT) - throughout the region as well as plans for the future. Alongside this we will hear from someone who attends our groups and the difference its made to them and their recovery journey.


    Online (Teams) 


    Click HERE to book your place



    Please Note: Event Cancelled

    Book on to receive a copy of the presentation slides only. 


    Grassroots Community Responses to promoting Public Safety Summerhill Centre: 'By the Community-For the Community' with AnneMarie Coulter. 

    This practical and interactive session will take you through a snapshot journey of the many projects and activities at Summerhill Centre. This process will provide a better understanding of how we play a vital role in supporting Public Safety through our many different approaches and opportunities.

    We have created a welcoming inclusive Community Hub for everyone, regardless of their circumstances or experiences.

    We are helping to build stronger and resilient communities.

    We are creating local resources; delivering informal education; strong partnerships and effective responses to local community issues, at the grassroots level with peer mentors, lived experience workers and volunteers.

    This session will explore:

    ·Social Capital, Community Spirit and togetherness

    ·The Positive Power of Communities

    ·Peer Mentoring

    ·Lived experienced staff and volunteers

    ·Amazing Futures Project

    ·Safe spaces for children and young people; adults and older people.

    ·Partnerships to promote Public Safety



    14:00 - 15:00

    Main Hall

    Summerhill Community Centre

    Ballochmyle Terrace, Summerhill, Dumfries DG2 9EF


    Click HERE to book your place


    Understanding and Working with Child Neglect with Alison Dawson and Shelley Copeland


    This session will discuss Neglect and the tools we use to identify children and families affected by neglect as well as monitor and record the impact of any services offered.

    We will refer to real examples whereby the assessment has been utilised by workers and the impact that this has had on our longer term assessments.


    Neglect may be a result of other issues such as addictions. Practitioners in the community, from housing officers to social workers, police and health professionals can find working with families who are impacted by neglect extremely challenging.

    The Assessment of Care Practice Toolkit can provide a framework to evidence and support assessment and planning with families where neglect is a feature. It is vital that children and young people receive the right service at the right time and this is supported by working together; assessment will enable practitioners to intervene at the right time with the right level of support and to monitor and record impact of any services.

    These tools are available for any services, schools or organisations who work with children and families. 

    The Assessment of Care Practice Toolkit is an essential assessment tool used by social workers and other professionals to identify and assess the risk of neglect in children. It provides a structured framework to evaluate the quality of care across various domains, including physical care, safety, love, and esteem.





    Online (Teams) 

    Click HERE to book your place


    Introduction to Families Outside  - Highlighting the "hidden victims" impacted by imprisonment of a family member with Nadine Sloan and Louise Adams.

    2-hour webinar and discussion which aims to

    ·raise awareness of the impact imprisonment has on families, improve practice and develop the knowledge and skills of participants required when supporting families affected by imprisonment. 

    An estimated 20 - 27,000 children in Scotland are impacted by imprisonment. Many of these families live on very low incomes and the additional costs of supporting someone in prison can lead families to experience extreme food and fuel poverty. These costs fall disproportionately to women, affecting their physical and mental health.

    In fact, 85% of the people Families Outside supports via the Helpline and 90% of those receiving one-to-one support from us in their local areas are women. The impact of imprisonment is often a women's issue. Although this is not always the case, women are most often the ones left behind to deal with the aftermath when someone goes to prison.

    But what about the families left behind? The parents, partners, siblings and, perhaps most importantly, the estimated 20,000 children in Scotland who have a parent in prison each year.

    They are innocent but are often treated as though they are guilty. They feel stigma, rejection, victimisation, and rarely know who to turn to for help.

    For them, the sentence of a family member can be even more devastating than it is for the accused. It's no wonder they are referred to as the 'innocent' victims.


    Online (Teams) 

    Click HERE to book your place


    Trauma with Rab McColm.

    Trauma can refer to a wide range of traumatic, abusive or neglectful events, or series of events that are experienced as being emotionally or physically harmful or life threatening.  Whether an event is traumatic depends not only on our individual experience of the event, but also how it negatively impacts on our emotional, social, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.  We are all affected by traumatic events in different ways.

    The focus of this session will be to expand the lens of trauma, exploring how and why trauma becomes "stuck" for some people and not for others, resulting in individual and unique strategies that people will use to cope with the consequences of their exposure to traumatic events.

    The session attempts to help the attendees consider psychological trauma and it's impacts as "a normal reaction to abnormal events" and with the appropriate understanding, support, compassion, and treatment people can heal and recover for their experiences.


    Lecture Theatre 

    Lower Ground North


    Bankend Road, Dumfries

    DG1 4AP



    Please note: Event Cap 50.

    Click HERE to book your place

    You will be contacted if you are successful gaining a spot.


    Best Practice in Lived Experience with Jen Douglas, Samantha Keogh.

    In Scotland there is huge demand across sectors to engage with people with lived experience in a way that is safe, trauma informed and not tokenistic, with an understanding that lived experience must be at the 'heart and start' of all systems and services. However, policy makers and practitioners within local authorities, and other community planning organisations, recognise that they require support to embed this approach, particularly when working with those who have experienced trauma due to gender-based violence.

    Authentic Voice: Embedding Lived Experience in Scotland is a partnership project from SafeLives, the Improvement Service, and Resilience Learning Partnership, working together with survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and other forms of complex trauma. The project aims to help local authorities and partners develop safe, meaningful and trauma-informed processes that ensure survivors' voices influence and shape services, systems and pathways of support in local communities across Scotland.

    This workshop will include our learning and reflection on what is required in order to carry out trauma informed and safe participation work with survivors, and the findings and outputs from engagement processes with people who have experienced domestic abuse, practitioners and strategic leaders. Particular attention will be given to the barriers that exist when embedding lived experience work and the importance of a whole systems approach. Attendees will be able to explore how this can fit within their own role and practice, and next steps. 


    Online (Teams) 

    Click HERE to book your place


    Neglect training with ASP Lead Officer, health public protection team, social work ASP team and a section from Scottish Fire and rescue.

    Course Content

    Managing the balance between protecting adults at risk from self-neglect behaviour against their right to self-determination is a serious challenge for services and a complex area of practice. 

    This course will offer a better understanding of common issues surrounding self-neglect and alongside the Self Neglect and Hoarding Protocol ,offers guidance on best practice.  

    Learning Outcomes

    · Know how to recognise and work with adults who self-neglect.

    ·Explore your responsibly.

    ·Understand the interface of Self Neglect, Adult Support and Protection (ASP) and other legislation.

    ·Understanding best practice

    ·Understanding Dumfries and Galloways Self Neglect and Hoarding Protocol

    Who Should attend?

    This training is suitable to those in the specific and intensive workforce categories who have direct contact with adults who may self-neglect.  For example, housing providers and homeless staff; social work staff; care at home staff, OT's, community nurses, physiotherapists, podiatry and GP's.  It is also suitable for emergency service staff such as police, SAS and SFRS.

    If in doubt, please speak to your line manager or contact the public protection team at



    Lecture Theatre

    Lower Ground North,  


    Bankend Rd, Dumfries

    DG1 4AP


    Please note: Event Cap 40.


    Click HERE to book your place




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