Archives for February 5th, 1999

JOINED UP RESPONSE TO CHILD ABUSE

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 February, 1999

A police inspection report and an inter departmental working group have recommended a joined up response to child abuse. In 1997 there were some 13,000 offences against children under 14.

A report by her Majesty’ s Inspector of Constabulary emphasises the importance of intelligence in the fight against abuse and recommended that not only should police forces share information, but that this should be extended to social services and the probation service. It also recommended that polices forces should work in partnership with other public bodies such as education, health and social services with and voluntary organisations. It stressed the importance of everyone ‘talking the same language’.

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COUNCIL SERVICES GET THUMBS UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 February, 1999

An overwhelming number of South Gloucestershire residents taking part in an independent Opinion Poll have given a positive response to questions about Council services. Satisfaction with services was found to be highest amongst the 65 plus age group, Council tenants and those without children.

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DEVELOPING STRUCTURES, PROCESSES AND LEADERS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 5 February, 1999

Bichard M.

Public Administration and Development, (UK), Oct 1998 Vol 18 No 4
Start page: 327. No of pages: 7

Contends that the public sector in the UK is in crisis and has no agenda for change or modernization. Proposes a modernizing agenda for the UK covering the areas of policy process, management and delivery. Argues that the modernization of policy process must address the question as to what the essential ingredients of good policy are in a changing society. Suggests that there should be greater input from those who deliver policy and participation by the wider community; that good policy needs time; that there must be clarity as to what the policy is designed to achieve, requiring good presentation and communication; that there should be contingency planning; and that policies should be evidence-based and good value for money. Discusses the conditions for modernizing management, focusing particularly on leadership qualities. Describes the four issues believed to be central to the modernization of delivery – a focus on clients; better use of local partnerships; an increased capacity for government and parliament to work together; and a more effective use of technology. Concludes that an unwillingness to address these three areas will result in little being done.

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