6.1 A single police service for Scotland has provided an opportunity to ensure we have dedicated staff in a number of areas. This work with local partners offers the best support to children and young people.
6.2 The following are some examples of the work we do:
- Substance misuse - The Choices for Life programme is central to this work and again links to the delivery of this vital preventative message through our local policing teams.
- Equality and Diversity - To ensure that the protected characteristics, identified in the Equality Act 2010, and Human Rights are considered both in our policies and our response to hate crimes.
- Public Protection - The national Child Abuse Investigation Unit is a team of dedicated, specialist officers who are there to carry out complex investigations and support the work of our local Child Protection Units.
- Internet Safety - We recognise the opportunities that the online world can provide, particularly for our children and young people. Equally we realise that this can also be exploited by those who wish to harm them. Our national structure has provided for a greater focus and better planned resources in response to the threats from Cyber Crime.