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Third Sector Reacts to Civil Society Strategy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport this month published the Civil Society Strategy. The Strategy, the first in fifteen years, details the Government’s vision for how Government can support and develop civil society in the UK to grow and tackle the issues society faces today, such as homelessness, healthy ageing and online safety.The Government defines Civil Society as ‘individuals and organisations when they act with the primary purpose of creating social value, independent of state control. By social value we mean enriched lives and a fairer society for all.’The strategy states that social value comes from communities, and from five foundations of social...

Charity Commission Publishes Research into Public Perceptions of Charity Trustworthiness

The charities regulator, the Charity Commission, has commissioned and published research looking at the factors that the public associate with a trustworthy charity.The report ‘Trust in Charities, 2018’ was commissioned as the Charity Commission has pledged to make charities some of the most trusted institutions in society. At present, the public now trust charities less than the average person on the street.[1]The research, undertaken by the polling company Populus, shows that transparency, being true to their values, and the ability to demonstrate efficiency are three of the most important indicators of trustworthiness in a charity.Populus found that an increased trust in charities indicates that an...

Government partners with charities to make social media safer

The Government has announced plans to make new online safety laws in collaboration with industry, charities and the public[1].The announcement came following the publication of responses to the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper Consultation.[2] As the Government continues to develop the Digital Charter, the responses to the consultation will feed into new initiatives and laws to make digital life a safer place.The consultation asked respondents their views on a number of issues, including: the prospect of introducing a social media code of practice, transparency reporting and a social media levy; technological solutions to online harms; developing children’s digital literacy; support for parents and carers; adults’...

Government publishes guidance for public consultations

The Government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations.These principles have been amended in the light of comments from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee and demonstrate the Government’s desire to engage more effectively with the public.Consultations provide an invaluable opportunity for organisations and campaigns to directly influence government policy. Departments will only consult when they have been directed to act, and so ignoring a consultation could mean stepping down from the table when policy is being drafted. A well-drafted consultation response will be clear, concise and valuable as both a line-in-the-sand and...

Public consultation opened for regulatory framework of Social Work England

Yesterday, the Government launched an open consultation seeking views on the policy underpinning the draft regulations of new social work regulatory body, Social Work England.[1]On 27 April 2017, the Children and Social Work Act 2017 was granted Royal Assent.[2] This saw the establishment of a new professional regulator for social workers in England. Social Work England will be responsible for approving initial education and training courses of social workers, setting professional standards including ethics, maintaining a register of social workers, and operating a fitness to practise system. The Department for Education and the Department of Health will be responsible for holding the regulator to account,...

Baroness Stowell named preferred candidate for Chair of Charity Commission

The Government has announced Baroness Stowell of Beeston as its preferred candidate to become the new Chair of the Charity Commission.Baroness Stowell, a Conservative Peer and the former Leader of the House of Lords, is expected to sit before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for her pre-appointment hearing on 20 February.In a Tweet Baroness Stowell expressed her intention to resign her party membership and the party whip should she be appointed.[1]In 2011 Tina Stowell was created a Life Peer as Baroness Stowell of Beeston, of Beeston in Nottinghamshire.Since her elevation to the peerage, Baroness Stowell has held a number of positions. She...

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Charity Commission update

The Charity Commission is yet to appoint the replacement of the outgoing Chair, William Shawcross. Whilst the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport have not confirmed when the announcement of a new Chair is due, the Minister for Civil Society Tracey Crouch MP stated on 8 January in a written answer to Parliament that ‘an announcement is expected in due course’[1]. She also stated that six people interviewed for the position.As the pre-appointment hearing for the job was scheduled for late last year, it was initially expected that Mr Shawcross would be standing down at the start of 2018 with his successor publically announced....