Useful links

Other crime studies

Pathways into and out of Crime: Risk, Resilience and Diversity is an ESRC funded Research Priority Network of five universities, undertaking research projects that engage with young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to explore risk and resilience in their lives, and its relationship to experiences of crime.

The Rochester Youth Development Study is a longitudinal study investigating the development of antisocial behaviour, including delinquency and drug use. The study began in 1988 and is based in Rochester, New York.

SCoPiC The study of the social contexts of pathways into crime (SCoPic) is a five-year ESRC-funded research programme which aims to achieve a better understanding of how young people become involved in crime.

SCoPic Collaborative Studies:


CJ Scotland News headlines and events information relating to criminal justice in Scotland.

Other organisations

APEX Scotland address the employability needs of offenders, ex-offenders and young people at risk.

Children 1st One of Scotland’s childcare charities.

City of Edinburgh Council

Drug Action Team Edinburgh

Police Scotland

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration

Scottish Government

Scottish Parliament

Scottish Prison Service

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Sources of advice and support

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone service for people over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

ChildLine is a free helpline for children and young people.

Counselling Directory is a UK-wide counselling support network, enabling people in distress to find a counsellor close to them. It is a free, confidential service and all counsellors are fully qualified, insured and registered with professional bodies.

Engender is an information, research and networking organisation for women in Scotland.

Health in Mind promotes the health and well being of people who experience mental health difficulties. They also have a Counselling Service for people wishing to address issues of childhood sexual abuse.

Healthy Respect is a network of organisations and services which encourage young people to enjoy healthy and respectful relationships.

Know the Score provides information and advice on drugs in Scotland.

National Centre for Eating Disorders provides information and advice on eating disorders.

Citizens Advice Scotland is the Citizens Advice Bureau information site.

NHS Health Scotland is the online portal for NHS Scotland.

NSPCC (National Society for the Protection of Children) aims to end cruelty to children. A number of advice leaflets can be found on their website.

ParentLine Scotland a free, confidential, telephone helpline for anyone caring for a child in Scotland.

Rape Crisis Scotland the national office for rape crisis and sexual abuse centres, part of the Scottish Rape Crisis Network. The links section has contact details for a range of organisations.

Samaritans confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Scottish Association for Mental Health is one of Scotland’s mental health charities, providing information and advice on mental health and wellbeing.

Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline is a confidential 24-hour helpline service for anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage.

Scottish Welfare Fund helps people in Scotland who are on low incomes through crisis grants and community care grants.

Scottish Women’s Aid provides advice and support for women experiencing domestic abuse.

See Me a media campaign to end to stigma and discrimination against mental ill health. Their website provides links to a number of organisations.

Shelter Scotland provides housing support, advice and legal services.

Survivors UK helps men who have suffered sexual abuse or rape and raises awareness of their needs.

Victim Support Scotland is the lead voluntary organisation in Scotland helping people affected by crime.

Victims of Crime in Scotland provides information on the Scottish Criminal Justice System tailored for those who have been victims of crime.

Young Scot a general interest website with information on local services for teenagers.