Minister for Victims and Community Safety

Siobhian Brown MSP



Minister for Victims and Community Safety
Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Siobhian Brown was reappointed as Minister for Victims and Community Safety in May 2024.


Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • access to justice
  • alcohol licensing
  • anti-sectarianism
  • anti-social behaviour
  • Bairn's Hoose (reporting jointly with Minister for Children, Young People and The Promise)
  • CashBack for Communities
  • community safety
  • civil law and tribunals
  • Equally Safe strategy
  • hate crime strategy
  • Legal Aid Fund
  • legal profession
  • legal regulation
  • prostitution
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Scottish Law Commission bills
  • strategic approach to women in the justice system
  • victims
  • violence reduction


Born in London to Scottish parents, Siobhian Brown emigrated to Australia when she was four and was raised and educated in Sydney. On leaving school, she travelled the world, working in Spain, Italy and London, before settling in Scotland in 1999.

In 2010 she set up a Global Charity Benny Walk for her friend’s son who died of a DIPG brain tumour at the age of five and also set up South Ayrshire Babybank .

A former South Ayrshire councillor, Ms Brown was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2021 as MSP for Ayr. Until her ministerial appointment, she served as Convener of the COVID-19 Recovery Committee.

Away from politics, she enjoys walking the Ayrshire coast with her husband, children and Ruby the dog.

Siobhian Brown was appointed as Minister for Victims and Community Safety in March 2023.

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