in 1954, Enable is the largest membership organisation in Scotland
for people with learning difficulties and family carers, writes
Graham Hopkins. Naturally, the Scottish executive review of
learning disability services (the first for 20 years) has planted
its flag firmly on this site. No frills, spills or white knuckles,
but Enable gives us a comfortable tour of its campaigns and role.
The “information bank” has healthy deposits of facts and figures in
its vault – and all withdrawals are free. But investments (in time,
information and money) are equally sought.
its soothing lavender, the Home Office has certainly gone back to
the fuchsia. In building its desired safe, just and tolerant
society, the HO has offloaded some responsibilities, including
disaster management (to Stephen Byers?) and British summer time,
which is now decided by EC directive (although a regulatory impact
assessment and transposition note were produced – so that’s all
right then). The site is slick, but you would never know there was
a hint of a problem with asylum seekers or prisons.
are the strengths and weaknesses of the Ofsted site (or at least
the bit dealing with child care and nurseries). The availability of
inspection reports is good, although Ofsted needs to put in place a
plan to publish reports of inspections that have taken place since
September 2001. Ofsted’s site is likely to promote its own desired
outcomes (that Ofsted is great, infallible and the saviour of our
children’s welfare) but nobody else will register as a believer.
But it is doubtful whether everybody visiting the site will be
convinced. Particularly lacking when we went to the site was
anything new and up to date.