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Action on Sectarianism is a website providing information that inspires action on sectarianism in communities across Scotland.

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This paper begins by highlighting the key findings from a similar review of the evidence published in 2005 - that while there was a perception of sectarianism in Scotland, there was little consensus about whether this was underpinned by empirical evidence. This current review adds another perspective to the debate by focusing not only on the research that is explicitly designed to explore sectarianism but also the broader survey data that allow us to explore whether there appears to be any structural disadvantage for either Catholics or those who belong to the Church of Scotland.

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The Community Safety team within VAF is delighted to announce that the  ‘Guide to understanding the impact of work to tackle intra-Christian Sectarianism’ is now available to download.  This was officially launched at Deaf Connections on Thursday 9th January 2014 in Glasgow.  The purpose of this Guide is to:

  • Support projects funded by the Scottish Government to gather consistent and convincing evidence on their contribution to the overall aims of the Scottish Government’s Community Safety Unit Tackling Sectarianism Grants Programme;
  • Ensure the Scottish Government and Voluntary Action Fund are better able to understand the overall impact of this funding programme; and  
  • Identify key learning about what intra-Christian sectarianism is, how it is understood across Scotland and what works in tackling it.

The aim of the Guide is to provide everyone with the opportunity to evaluate their projects, and gather and share valuable learning across the Programme. Ultimately, we all need to better understand the complex reality of sectarian attitudes and behaviour, and how this impacts on people’s lives in Scotland today.

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This report focuses on offensive behaviour at regulated football matches and provides an analysis of charges reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) in the first whole financial year of the Act (1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013). The Act was in force for a month preceding the 2012-13 financial year (ie March 2012), when 65 charges were reported to COPFS. Information about these charges is presented in Annex A.

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A report to support schools and centres in promoting diversity and equality through all aspects of planned learning. Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference, where everyone is respected for who they are. Equality is about creating a fairer society, where everyone can take part and where everyone has the opportunity to be all they can be. The promotion of diversity and equality is an important aspiration of Curriculum for Excellence. This publication aims to support schools and centres in promoting diversity and equality through all aspects of planned learning.

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This report presents information about recorded religiously aggravated offending in Scotland in 2011-12, based on a review of police charges issued under section 74 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003.

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Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland

ISBN: 9781784121525

The Advisory Group was established by the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs to provide independent, impartial advice on developing work to tackle sectarianism in Scotland. The report outlines the process of work and findings of the Advisory Group.

Executive Summary

The Advisory Group is entirely independent and has focussed it's work on three key areas:

- meeting with organisations and individuals to gather evidence on the understanding and impact of sectarianism in Scotland;

- examining the existing research base for evidence of sectarianism in Scotland; and

- looking at what can be learned from the many existing projects that are working to tackle sectarianism in Scotland.

These key areas have been the focus of the work and are covered in the finding, conclusions and recommendations within the report.

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The Scottish Government continues to develop and support activity to tackle sectarianism in Scotland. This work is central to building the Scotland that we aspire to be, a Scotland free from all forms of discrimination and prejudice where people from all backgrounds can live and raise their families in peace.

This publication provides an update on the work being delivered and forms a response to the report of the independent Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland. The Advisory Group?s report “Independent Advice to Scottish Ministers and Report on Activity: 9 August 2012 – 15 November 2013” provided a challenging set of recommendations for consideration by the Scottish Government, local authorities, football clubs and governing bodies, march organisers, churches, the media, educationalists and everyone in a position of influence who wishes to move anti-sectarian work forward. This document sets out (at Annex A) the Scottish Government response to the recommendations that were directed to us. It is now for other organisations to respond to the Advisory Group’s recommendations with the same commitment to action and progress.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

ISBN: 9781784125653

Analysis of charges reported under the act to provide information about the nature of the religiously aggravated offending charges, the accused and the victims of incidents.

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Charges Reported under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 2013 - 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

ISBN: 9781784125660

Analysis of charges reported under the act to provide information about the nature of the charges, the accused and the victims of incidents, reported under offensive behaviour at football and threatening communications legislation.

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This report presents findings from the 2014 Scottish Social Attitudes survey (SSA) on public attitudes to sectarianism. It is intended to fill a gap in the evidence base in detailed information about attitudes towards and beliefs about sectarianism across Scotland as a whole. Commissioned by the independent
Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism established by the Scottish Government in 2012, the report is part of a programme of research aiming to improve the evidence on sectarianism in Scotland.

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In August 2012, the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs established the independent Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland. As part of its work, the Advisory Group made recommendations regarding any further research that would be needed to guide future development of policy. They identified gaps where evidence was lacking and highlighted a need for qualitative research that explores if and how sectarianism affects particular communities, and how it may form part of
everyday experience.

The Scottish Government then commissioned a number of research projects. The largest of these included a study of public processions, a nationally representative study of public attitudes and experiences of sectarianism, and the current project about community experiences of sectarianism. There were also other projects, such as an analysis of information from the 2011 Census and new questions added to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey and the Scottish Household Survey.

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This summary sets out key findings from a multi-method study into the community impact of public processions in Scotland carried out in 2013. The research objectives were to identify which organisations regularly take part in processions, the aims and cultural significance of the events, the impact on communities, and factors which may contribute to, or may mitigate, the disruption of community life.

The mixed methods study included:

  • Collection and analysis of local authority statistics on procession notifications from across Scotland, and analysis of police incident data for the beat areas in which the processions took place;
  • Documentary analysis of relevant policies, guidelines and research reports;
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection across case-study sites selected on the basis that they hosted prominent key processions;
  • Interviews and focus groups with procession organisers, procession participants and public authorities (primarily the police and local authority officers);
  • Residential, street and telephone surveys with local residents in „live‟ case-study areas, both before and after selected processions;
  • On-street and business mini-surveys with bystanders, supporters and local retail businesses;
  • Structured and unstructured ethnographic observations of processions in live casestudy sites.

In total, extensive ethnographic research (including participant observation, formal and informal dialogue across the fieldwork sites) was carried out at 12 processions; 713 surveys and mini surveys of residents and businesses were collected across five live case-study sites (Coatbridge, Govan, Parkhead, Bridgeton and Airdrie). In addition, in-depth formal interviews were conducted with 40 respondents. Ten focus groups were carried out with key stakeholders (including police, local authority and community representatives; and members of processing organisations).

Survey responses were based on convenience sampling approaches and the statistical data explores the issue of community impact rather than measuring it in a way that is readily generalizable to specific places or broader populations. Statistical and ethnographic data form a triangulated set of research methods that examine the issue of impact on a casestudy basis, with the case-studies focussed primarily on particular processions rather than particular places. The study explores experiences and perceptions of public processions within communities, recognising that the concept of homogenous and distinct „communities‟
existing within specific geographic locales was rare.

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The findings, conclusions and recommendations contained in this report reflect the evidence gathered by the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland ('the
Advisory Group') up to 31 March 2015, the date at which the Advisory Group formally concluded. This advice also reflects the collective views of the Advisory Group based on this evidence. The specific form of sectarianism we have considered is that arising from the Catholic-Protestant tensions that are part of the historic legacy of Scotland.

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In 2011, the Scottish Government embarked on a new phase of work to tackle sectarianism. Central to this work has been the input of independent advice through
the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland (the Advisory Group). The Advisory Group published its interim report in December 2013 and the Scottish
Government published its response to this in February 2014. The final report of the Advisory Group is being published alongside this Scottish Government response in
May 2015.

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This paper provides an update to the summary of evidence on sectarianism that was published by the Scottish Government in 2013. It summarises some of the
evidence that has been collected since then, including information about public attitudes to sectarianism in Scotland, qualitative research in communities where
sectarianism was perceived to exist either currently or in the past, research to understand the impact of public processions on communities, and further analysis
of the 2011 census, the Scottish Household Survey, and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.

The paper begins by providing an overview of religious affiliation in Scotland before examining data on perceptions and experiences of sectarianism. In exploring the
extent to which sectarianism actually presents itself in Scotland, it draws on national data on sectarian-related crime and evidence about expressions of
sectarianism in different locations and situations. Given the limited research on the experience of sectarianism, the paper also explores, the question of whether there
is any evidence of structural disadvantage for Catholics in Scotland.

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Analysis of Charges Reported Under the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications in Scotland in 2014-15

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Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland in 2014-15

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An Evaluation of the implementation and impact of section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012

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An Evaluation of the implementation and impact of section 6 of the Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012

 
 
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