19 June, 2019

 

Voscur Trustee and Sector Leader Suzanne Thompson is CEO of The Restore Trust. In this article she explains why the latest probation reforms need to go further to ensure voluntary sector involvement.

 

I was among the many who welcomed the proposed reforms of the probation service last month.

Probation services renationalised
15 May, 2019

 

Probation services in England and Wales are to be renationalised after a widely criticised part-privatisation programme, Transforming Rehabilitation, which involved 21 private companies.

30 April, 2019

 

Bristol Safeguarding Boards are changing the way that they are organised and operate, moving from four multi-agency boards to a single partnership board.

The four existing boards include Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board, Bristol Safeguarding Children Board and the Children and Families Partnership.

14 December, 2018

 

A survey by YouGov, on behalf of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, has revealed substantial public confusion over the definition of rape and the support available to rape victims.

2 October, 2018

 

The Bristol City Council team that supports young people that are in trouble with the law has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation.

The Bristol Youth Offending Team (YOT) was told that it needed to look again at its staffing levels, and do more to support children and young people who have offended to get a sufficient education.

3 July, 2018

The Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) has now published the commissioning plan for a range of victim services for the area. This follows a period of consultation in which feedback was invited from a wide range of stakeholders.
 
The PCC is responsible for the commissioning of local victim services such as emotional support for victims, independent sexual violence advisors and modern slavery support. New services will be put in place from April 2019 when the current contracts and grants conclude.
 

14 March, 2018
The Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) has published draft commissioning intentions for a range of victim services and is now inviting feedback from local stakeholders.  
 
15 February, 2018
Shocking news about the sexual misconduct of a number of Oxfam staff resulted in a serious a backlash from the media, and the withdrawal of support from many of its regular donors. Many will be questioning whether it has also dealt a blow to the charity sector overall. Whatever your feelings about Oxfam’s fate, it should be clear that no matter the size of organisation or the strength of its overall ethos – gross misconduct can happen anywhere. 
 
8 February, 2018
In the wake of the Internet Safety Green Paper consultation, the Government has recognised a potential need to refresh legislation to align with the modern digital age. It has asked the Law Commission to review legislation around offensive communications to ensure it is up to date, and can be effectively applied to online communications. If the Commission finds there are gaps, it will commit to further work - which should eventually lead to reform.
 
17 January, 2018
From 1 August 2018, changes to the law will put greater restrictions on who can run a charity. The Government has published new guidance to help individuals (such as trustees and those in senior management positions) to find out if the new ‘automatic disqualification’ rules apply to them.
 

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