Guaranteed role for voluntary sector

    Local authorities must support the development of voluntary and
    community sector infrastructure to allow organisations to have a
    say in children’s services, under new government proposals.

    A Department for Education and Skills discussion paper states that
    ministers will use “levers” available through statutory guidance to
    ensure voluntary and community organisations are allowed to
    participate in children’s services reforms.

    The document, which sets out early thinking on a strategy for
    working with the voluntary and community sector, envisages that
    such organisations will be engaged in strategy development,
    commissioning, service delivery and scrutiny at a local level.

    Caroline Abrahams, head of policy at children’s charity NCH, said
    that a key aspect would be how local authorities’ relationship with
    the voluntary and community sector was monitored through the
    proposed integrated inspection framework.

    The government also proposes a review of voluntary and community
    sector funding in an attempt to create a more streamlined system
    and “achieve the right balance between project funding and
    longer-term strategic funding”.

    – Copies of the report from CYPFDVCS strategy.consultation@dfes.gsi.gov.uk.

    All comments must be received by the end of July .

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