Archives for January 14th, 2009

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES HEADS TO BEGIN THIS YEAR

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 January, 2009

The first cohort of heads of children’s services to take part in a leadership development programme will start the course later this year. The programme is to be run jointly by the National College of School Leadership, the Children’s Workforce Development Council and the Association of the Directors of Children’s Services, which said it was not a reaction to recent events.

The Children’s School and Families Secretary, Ed Balls, confirmed that the first group of directors and senior managers from local authorities would start work by the autumn. The Programme is being developed as part of the children’s workforce strategy to 2020.

Maggie Atkinson, who is president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said the role was one of the most challenging in local government and needed unique leadership skills. That meant it was important that current directors helped to design and deliver a programme that reflected the demands of the job. She added, “This is not about whether a director come from an education or social services background, but about ensuring that leaders are in a position to lead the development of services for children and young people across the board, including health and police services that impact on them. Nor is this a knee jerk reaction to recent events, it has been in the pipeline for sometime as part of the workforce strategy.”

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LEARNING NETWORK AIMS TO HELP COUNCILS DURING CREDIT CRUNCH

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 January, 2009

Local authorities are being given the chance to increase their ability to deal with the credit crunch. A special learning network is being set up by the Local Government Information Unit in partnership with the Local Economic Policy Unit at London Southbank University.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL FUND EVALUATION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 14 January, 2009

The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy, which is funded by the Renewal Fund, has had a beneficial impact on the delivery of services in the 88 most deprived areas of the UK and has boosted partnership working. It has been less successful in the re-aligning and re-allocation of mainstream budgets.

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