Safety, the state and public services: necessities for empowerment?
“Before any of us can be empowered we must first of all be safe: safe in our homes; and safe in our communities.” Dr Rachel Shanks argues that community safety is a primary foundation for community empowerment, and that community workers also play a crucial role.
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Rachel is a member of the Empowered Communities in the 2020s steering group and teaches on the Postgraduate Diploma in Community Learning and Development (CLD) at the University of Aberdeen.