Childrens charities new duties in Scotland for 2016

With new duties due to come into force for Scottish organisations in August 2016, under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, a checklist to help prepare has been produced.

As reported by Third Force News, the Third Sector Touchpoint guides explain the new duties and responsibilities that will be introduced, for organisations delivering primary prevention services to children, young people and families.

The guides detail how to assess the wellbeing of a child as well as identifying and recording any concerns, as well as best practice for communicating and sharing of information with the new named person service.

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Wanted: ideas on residential care commissioning

Children England has created a ‘Re-thinking Care Commissioning web forum’ to host thinkpieces, recommendations and ideas from across the sector on how to improve service commissioning for children in care.

The rethink is needed as lack of funding, lack of leadership from central government and confusion about the role of the regulator have left the system in a crisis that the next administration will inherit. » Continue reading news item ... “Wanted: ideas on residential care commissioning”

Minister’s ideas for boosting charity capacity, further role in children’s services

The new minister for civil society wants to see much more of public services delivered by charities and social enterprises over the next few years, with plans for a massive new capacity-building programme to enable this.

Civil Society News carries an interview with Rob Wilson which lays out his proposals, discussed here http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/18713/, full report http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/indepth/interviews/content/18716/.

Meanwhile Children and Young People Now reports that the Department for Communities and Local Government is to fund around 25 local authorities to develop new ways to deliver services at neighbourhood level, working with local people and organisations to find “innovative” solutions to local problems. » Continue reading news item ... “Minister’s ideas for boosting charity capacity, further role in children’s services”

Prisons report highlights child safety concerns

A new report has highlighted the increasingly complex needs and safeguarding concerns faced by children with a parent in prison and the importance of putting networks in place to support children when visiting a parent in prison.

The report, published by national children’s charity Spurgeons, says the prison visiting environment has a vital role to play in supporting children and young people by providing an opportunity to identify those at risk. » Continue reading news item ... “Prisons report highlights child safety concerns”

Charities gear up for election 2015

Leading children’s charities have launched a call for pledges by those contesting next year’s parliamentary elections to invest in early support for children, young people and their families to stop them reaching crisis point. Action for Children news item, or go to the Stitch in Time campaign page http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/campaigns/a-stitch-in-time/ which includes a link to ‘A Stitch in Time’ report (pdf, 396KB).

A number of sector bodies have published their responses to the Labour Party’s policy consultation ‘Renewing our Bond with the Third Sector’, which closed on Monday (15th September) http://voluntarynews.org.uk/news/2014/06/labour-and-the-third-sector/ » Continue reading news item ... “Charities gear up for election 2015”