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S5W-01863: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 10 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01347 by Annabelle Ewing on 2 August 2016, how much it allocated to the programmes and how this was spent.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 6 September 2016

Between 2013 to 2015 the Scottish Government provided £195,500 to Sacro. This funding was used to research and develop the Sacro Anti-Sectarian Service (SASS), a six module cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme to tackle sectarianism and to pilot a six module CBT programme to target racial attitudes and behaviours. Staff were recruited and appointed to facilitate the programmes, they held open days and met with relevant stakeholders such as Social Work, Police Scotland, British Transport Police and the Crown Office to raise awareness and promote the programmes.

In 2015-16, a further £143,333 was provided to continue to run the SASS programmes and develop a national four module CBT programme for individuals accused of offensive behaviour at football, particularly those under 18 years of age. Staff were trained in all Sacro offices to ensure national coverage across Scotland. A sectarianism awareness raising programme for prison professionals was also developed and ran in HM Prison Cornton Vale and HM Prison and Young Offenders Institute Polmont. Sacro also continued to promote and liaise with relevant agencies and stakeholders.

In 2015-16, £85,000 has been provided to SACRO to continue to promote, raise awareness, and facilitate the programmes, providing coverage across the country for those suitable for referral.