Archives for November 23rd, 2005

CRIME REDUCTION: A QUARTER CENTURY REVIEW

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 November, 2005

By Nick TilleyCrime prevention emerged as a separate policy issue in the late 1970s, with rising crime rates, disillusionment with traditional crime control methods and evidence that situational methods could be effective. There have since then been changes in language and approach. Situational crime prevention no longer dominates. The language is of community safety and crime reduction. The focus is on fear of crime and incivilities, as well as crime. Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships now have statutory responsibilities at a local level. While in some ways the circumstances are auspicious for improved, evidence-based policy and practice, they face substantial obstacles.

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FUTURE ROLE OF SMALL MEDICAL PRACTISES SET OUT

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 November, 2005

Small medical practises have an important role to play in the modern health service according to two new papers, “People matter: doctors, patients and the NHS” and “Squaring the Circle” produced by the NHS Alliance and the Small Practices Association. They dismiss the suggestion that small practises are out-dated anachronisms.”People Matter” says that small practises provide continuity in the doctor-patient relationship, which can have a major impact on health and health care costs. It points to research that consistently confirms that this continuity is what all groups of patients prefer and says this is particularly important for those with serious health problems. People with long term conditions, carers and the elderly also value what is now called ‘relational continuity’, according to the authors of the report.

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MORE VOLUNTEER FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 November, 2005

There has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of people giving their time to help projects aiming to reduce crime, improve health and increase learning and community involvement opportunities through the UK’s largest volunteering and training charity, CSV.In a review today the charity says 195,000 people volunteer each year. CSV also reports a 12.5 per cent increase in its turnover to 43.6 million pounds. The number of trainees has also risen by 20 per cent 11,500 with a further 4,415 people training on CSV’s media programmes. Senior journalists from the national media have volunteered their own time to highlight some of CSV’s projects as part of the charity’s latest annual review.

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