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  • New approach to safeguarding goes to places where young people are at risk

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2018No comments

    Every community wants to find effective ways to protect children and young people from the risks that they face when they are not at home.  Shopping centres and parks, takeaways and street corners, the school playground and the classroom: these are the places where young people are spending time with their peers. These spaces are also outside the control of their families.  Young people are ...

  • Can commercialisation bring about a new era for local government?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018No comments

    The commercialisation of services in local government is not a novel endeavour. Local authorities have been seeking to maximise revenue from existing income sources for some time. However, local authorities are now challenging themselves to deliver commercialisation on a scale of which they have never done before and that could bring about a new and transformative chapter for the sector.  Over ...

  • Homelessness - Prevention

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by Mike BobbettNo comments

    What is a home? A safe place to retreat into, a warm dry place, somewhere there is food to eat and a bed to sleep in. Every adult and child deserves this basic need and it’s criminal that the 5th most developed country in the world has a homeless problem. Homelessness should be a concern to all of us because it is all too easy for each of us to find ourselves needing the support of our local ...

  • The importance of community engagement in tackling childhood obesity by Phil Veasey

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by Phil VeaseyNo comments

    Urban inner city settings, home to some of our most disadvantaged communities, present real challenges around keeping active and eating well. On exiting Whitechapel tube station in London’s East End for example - it becomes apparent that for many families, the prospect of living a healthy life is daunting. The combination of: A never-ending stream of fast food outlets Lack of safe, green ...

  • Cyber threats in the Public Sector

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018 by Venn Group ConsultancyNo comments

    The definition often used of a cyberthreat is ‘a malignant and destructive act that tries to access a computer network through a data communications pathway, without gaining the right authorisation or consent from the owners’.    Cyberthreats are a complex matter not only in their definition. With organisations across all industries holding significant personal data on citizens, a cyber attack ...