Archives for April 23rd, 2002

DELIVER THROUGH PARTNERSHIP NOT RESTRUCTURING

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 April, 2002

The Local Government Association is urging councils to fulfill their responsibility for child protection through coordinating a comprehensive, multi-agency response for vulnerable children. The Association wants Local Strategic Partnerships to bring together private, voluntary and community agencies and give strategic child protection direction to the needs of a local area.It believes that the alternative of introducing structural change to children’s services would create further disruption, communication problems and deflect from the essential task of ensuring the network of support protects all children at risk. A structural change approach would simply replace one set of boundaries and problems with another. In addition it would lead to substantial disruption to existing services in the medium term.

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TREASURY GROUP CALLS FOR PARTNERSHIP CUTBACK

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 April, 2002

Too many public service partnerships are being created and sometimes they address the wrong sorts of problem. This is the conclusion of a working group of the Public Services Productivity Panel set up by the Treasury. The popularity of partnerships has grown because of the increasing interdependencies between public bodies as they tackle some of the most difficult social challenges. Multiple-factor problems demand new ways of working, but a partnership is not always the answer.The working group found a proliferation of partnerships in some areas with the result that even the most necessary and successful partnerships achieved less than they might otherwise expect. They also found that the consequences of a failed partnership in an area can be long-term because of the damage done to trust between the organizationsinvolved and hence the prospect for future joint working.

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