National News - August 2016
Government consultation on reporting of child abuse. As reported by Children England in their weekly e-bulletin, the Government is keen to hear from a wide range of people regarding this matter. This consultation closes on 13 October, for full details visit the link above. For other news from Children England, visit: CE Weekly Bulletin
UK Youth and NYA initiate shared services talks UK Youth and the National Youth Agency (NYA) have initiated discussions to explore the benefits of a shared services model that will enable both organisations to sustain high quality services for young people in the most cost effective way. Both charities are united in their aim to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people and recognise there are a range of innovative ways in which this can be achieved. The discussions are at a preliminary stage. The Chairs and CEOs of UK Youth and NYA have met to look at the options available. Their initial recommendations have been presented to Trustees of both charities, who are supportive and have each appointed representatives to a small working group which will convene over the next few months to explore a range of possible approaches. Both parties hope these discussions will lead to a positive result that will strengthen each of our respective charities. However, we are also clear that this is a complex process and it may be that we are unable to achieve our vision. If that is the case, we will share our learning with the sector in the hopes that others can benefit from our efforts. Staff and stakeholders will be vital to the success of these discussions and we hope we can count on your support over the next few months. Anna Smee CEO UK Youth, Paul Miller CEO NYA, Michael Bracey Chair NYA, Anne Stoneham Chair UK Youth.
Office of Civil Society moves department As reported by Matt Lent, Director of Partnerships and Policy at UK Youth. "It was announced on Sunday 17 July that the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, whose brief incorporates Youth Policy, has now moved department to become the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The Cabinet Office were able to confirm with UK Youth that the Office for Civil Society, including youth policy and relevant staff, will also be transferred to the DCMS. This will be the third Government department to take on the charities brief in 6 years, however it is welcomed that there will be continuity of Minister and staff during and after this transition. Additionally there are some clear benefits in placing the youth portfolio in a department that has strong links with many of the sectors key funders, including The Big Lottery Fund, The Arts Council and Sport England." For more news on this story visit: CYP Now
APPG recommends children’s centres become family hubs
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Centres has published an investigation into the future of children’s centres, concluding that they should become family hubs as part of the life chances strategy. Recommendations include relationship support delivered through Family Hubs should encompass not just parenting support, but also couple relationship counselling, pre-marriage courses, post-separation support and help with parenting teenagers. To support Family Hubs’ work in this area, local authorities should be required to record family breakdown statistics on a statutory basis.