Archives for September 2016

A NEW VISION FOR EARLY HELP IN CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE

Features, PublicNet: 30 September, 2016

A new era is dawning in which information sharing between social workers, multi-agency teams and families will help ensure vulnerable children get the support they need, sooner. Mark Raeburn lays out his vision for a more connected future for social care – built on effective early help.

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SOCIAL CARE RECRUITMENT TO BENEFIT FROM A VALUES BASED APPROACH

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 September, 2016

Skills for Care is working with Oxfordshire County Council and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in the South East to show employers how they can adopt a values and behaviours-based approach to recruitment and reap the benefits.

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CIVIL SERVICE HR TURNS PROFESSIONAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 September, 2016

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between
CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, and the Civil Service to support greater professionalisation across the Service.

There are around 4,000 staff in Civil Service HR who will benefit from the arrangement, which comes at a crucial time, given the inevitable changes taking place in the UK Civil Service in response to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

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IS THE PUBLIC SECTOR LAGGING BEHIND WITH ITS DATA PROTECTION STRATEGY?

Features, PublicNet: 16 September, 2016

As cyber crime increases there is a greater recognition of the value of encryption. In this article John Grimm describes the need for the public sector to step up its response to cyber attacks.

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THE BORDER AFTER BREXIT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 15 September, 2016

In a new publication ‘The Border after Brexit’, the Adam Smith Institute in argues that the UK border needs to be secure so that we can trust who is coming in and decide whether they can be more open.

The authors claim that The Border Force seems to be in a state of complete disarray, missing potentially thousands of high-risk flights and making no record of having done so; queuing times at major airports are consistently below target during busy months; and the systems the Force is reliant on are riddled with errors and badly out of date – the anti-terror Warning Index is fourteen years past its use-by date.

The reason for this seems to be that, after the failure of one giant IT project to fix these problems, nobody in Whitehall wants to take responsibility for bringing the Force up to date. We believe that the problems with the initial IT project were that the Home Office tried to build the e-Borders system in-house – a little bit like them trying to design a new iPad from scratch instead of just buying them from Apple.

The paper argues that a technological solution, based on biometric scanning that is becoming the standard globally, is desirable, but the state should not try to make it itself. Instead, the state should let the private sector devise a solution, and pay it for successful results, not for inputs.

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DISTRICT HEATING BOOST SUPPORTS EMISSION TARGETS

Features, PublicNet: 13 September, 2016

District heating is set to expand and provide significant help in achieving emission targets. Mark Pickard describes the benefits of district heating and where projects are in progress.

With the Marrakesh COP22 climate change summit fast approaching, the spotlight will be firmly thrown on all countries who have pledged to help mitigate the negative effects of climate change. What more can and must be done to reduce CO2 levels and ensure that climate reduction targets are met?

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SOLITUDE: WHY LONELINESS NEEDS ADDRESSING

Features, PublicNet: 9 September, 2016

Technology provides greater opportunities for faster, more effective, communication. This should mean that fewer people are lonely. But the reverse is true. In this article Tim Southern describes an initiative that is tackling the issue of loneliness.

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THE PUBLIC SECTOR FIGHT AGAINST RANSOMWARE

PublicNet: 2 September, 2016

Ransomware attacks are of growing concern across the public sector. In this article Peter Godden offers advice on developing a strategy for prevention, detection and recovery.

The public sector is increasingly becoming the focus of ransomware attacks. Whether it is the highly sensitive nature of their data, the fact that they are public facing or the perception that they are easy targets, government departments, police, health, education and fire services are all becoming targets of these malicious attacks. Whilst it is unclear whether they are paying the ransom or not, with data this sensitive it seems the public sector might have little choice – and yet this is tax payer’s money. Caught between the risk to either the public’s data or the public’s money, what can the public sector do to ensure they don’t have to surrender either?

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