There are an estimated 27,000 children in England who identify as gang members, only a fraction of whom are known to children’s services. Local areas are not facing up to the scale of the problem, are not taking notice of the risk factors and are not listening to parents and communities who ask for help. Children in gangs should not be treated as criminals but should be subjected to safeguarding procedures.
The draft Domestic Abuse Bill is now open for consultation. The draft bill’s provisions include a statutory definition of domestic abuse, a new domestic abuse commissioner and a system of domestic abuse protection notices and protection orders to deter and monitor perpetrators
The government’s white paper on immigration, published on December 19 2018, sets out how ministers see immigration controls operating from 2021. It is written on the assumption that the UK leaves the European Union at the end of March, with a transition period following until the end of 2020.
Dog mess is one of the most common causes of complaints to local councils. What innovative solutions are being used by councils? This Swift Read outlines ways of tackling dog fouling using case studies and examples of the different schemes used by local authorities.
The needs of neglected adolescents in the care system can be overlooked. Ofsted with the Care Quality Commission and the police and prison inspectorates have reviewed local practice for supporting older children finding the need for coordinated support for this often forgotten group.
The government promised legislation to tackle domestic abuse in England. What will it look like? The Home Affairs select committee suggests the government needs to go significantly further than it intended and calls for stronger action from local government and other agencies for an increasingly common and dangerous crime.
The Performance Tracker is a valuable overview of the funding and performance of services across the public sector. Social care and the prison service are (predictably) identified as causes for particular concern: - efficiencies have not kept pace with rising demand and both lack credible plans to control future spending.
This NAO report sets out the effect of year-on-year funding cuts on the police. Whilst the tone of the report was measured, it was highly critical of the Home Office's oversight of police services. This swift read provides a brief introduction to the way the police service is funded and outlines the main findings of the report.
The DCMS Civil Society Strategy brings together the public sector, private businesses, charities and volunteers to tackle social problems and build a fairer society. Commitments include £165m to support community organisations, youth employment, address financial exclusion trial participatory democracy techniques, harness ‘tech for good’, and develop smarter and more flexible commissioning, social finance and public service mutuals. Local authorities are acknowledged as key agents.
The Electoral Commission report into the May 2018 voter ID pilots has been published. Councils may be considering whether to take part in any future pilot studies. What do they need to know? And what should they demand from any study in which they might be asked to participate?