Archives for February 20th, 2006

MAKING PARTNERSHIPS WORK

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 February, 2006

The report from the Prince’s Trust claims that disadvantaged youngsters are being poorly served because local authorities and voluntary organisations are not working together effectively. It is based on a survey of chiefs of children’s and youth services in English local authorities asking about their relationships with the voluntary sector.The Prince’s Trust delivers support for disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 and 30 – in particular those who have not achieved at school; those who have offended, are in prison or on probation; those in and leaving care; and those who are unemployed.

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RECRUITMENT DRIVE TO SUPPORT NEW DIRECTION IN SOCIAL CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 February, 2006

As the first wave of graduates from the degree course, launched three years ago, are about to start their social care careers, the Department for Health has launched a recruitment drive to boost the numbers joining the social work and social care professions.The social care workforce in England comprises over one million people working in people’s own homes, residential and nursing homes, day care, hospitals, and in the wider community. An estimated two-thirds of the workforce are employed in the private and voluntary sector with the remainder working for local authorities. There are over 70,000 registered social workers in England, working with a broad range of people in the community, either in a client’s home or in residential care.

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DEAL FOR DEVOLUTION: MINISTER WANTS VIEWS AND EXPERINCES

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 February, 2006

David Miliband, Minister of Communities and Local Government, wants to hear about approaches that have proved effective in enabling individual service users to exert influence, as well as views on the obstacles in the way of the Deal for Devolution. A booklet explaining the feedback required, together with David Miliban’s speech in which he launched the New Deal for Devolution, has been published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.The Deal for Devolution seeks to close the power gap between what people can do and what the system encourages them to do. The starting point is to devolve as far as possible. Its effect would be to devolve power firstly from central government to local government and secondly beyond to neighbourhoods and individual citizens. It will provide challenges and opportunities for local and central government and the result will be radical changes in responsibilities and relationships.

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