Raising awareness of our role and responsibilities as Scotland’s prosecution service is central to building confidence in our commitment to equality. As a result, much of what we do is focused on working with communities and in schools.
A number of DVD's have been produced to explain the role of the procurator fiscal in Scotland and also to highlight issues around hate crime.
A film and teaching pack has been produced with North Lanarkshire Council called Just a Laugh? This short film, which is available to watch below, highlights racism, homophobia and disability hate crime, as well as the impact this has on the victims and their families and also the perpetrators.
The hard-hitting anti-sectarian short film,Them and Us – which featured sectarianism, fire raising, murder and imprisonment – was created in partnership with North Lanarkshire secondary students.
The DVD has been promoted to education authorities and other youth groups across Scotland including Youthlink Scotland. A teaching pack was devised to support this DVD and is in use as part of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish schools.
I Am Me is an award winning community project which works in partnership with Police Scotland and COPFS to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime (recognised as one of the most under report crimes in the UK). It has a number of primary and secondary school training packs available to download from its web site.
This has been developed in partnership with the I Am Me project, Police Scotland and COPFS to offer young people the opportunity to become Keep Safe Ambassadors within both their school and the wider community. Training is provided that encourages young people to recognise bullying and harassment and enable them to report incidents safely. The programme is open to young people in Scotland aged 14-18 years.
This public web site was created by YouthLink Scotland, with support from Scottish Government, and is a "one-stop-shop" for information and advice about sectarianism in Scotland and efforts to tackle it. The site has different portals for children, young people, adults and partner organisations.
COPFS is a member of Stonewall Scotland and is currently ranked 25 out of 400 employers on their Workplace Equality Index. Stonewall Scotland has developed a Champions programme for both primary and secondary schools to support young people who are LGBTI and to help tackle offensive behaviour towards members of LGBTI communities.
Other work in schools includes our National Public Speaking Competition, which aims to raise the level of public debate in secondary schools on equality and diversity issues culminating in a national final. Since it began as a Glasgow based competition in 2012 with 12 schools and around 25 pupils it has come a long way and in 2018 there were 119 teams from 72 schools with 240 pupils taking part, all eager to take home the coveted trophy.
Castle Douglas High School won the national final of the 2018 COPFS’s Schools Public Speaking Competition, despite a valiant effort from Shawlands Academy and Kirkcaldy High School.
At a packed venue at Parliament House in Edinburgh they spoke on “Belief and Scotland Today” in front on a panel of judges led by Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC
Below you can see the winners Tessa Hall and Jessica Quigley from Castle Douglas High School and the other finalists along with the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, Lesslie Young, Chief Executive, Epilepsy Scotland and John Logue, COPFS Deputy Crown Agent