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Ofsted: Annual Report of HMCI 2015/16

The Head of Ofsted, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, publishes an annual report on the quality of provision in early years, schools, further education and skills providers, and that made by local authorities and other providers for children's social care. This briefing is on 2015-16 report.

England & Wales
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Public health post 2013

The Commons Health Committee’s initial report into the impact of the transfer of public health from the NHS to local government suggests that the move has been ‘largely positive’, with public health starting to be integrated into all policies, and measures to tackle the wider determinants of health.

England & Wales
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Ofsted ‘Time to listen’ – a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children

New multi-agency inspection arrangements were introduced in 2016 to look at specific children's services issues with Ofsted in the lead. Following 'deep dive' inspections of five local authorities, the first report, on child sexual exploitation (CSE), has been published. The findings are generally positive although the findings show there is still much work to be…

England & Wales
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A Scottish Government Consultation Exercise on the Future of Oral Health

The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on its new Oral Health Plan. This briefing discusses future of oral health, with prevention and reducing inequalities at its core, and will be of interest to those working in public health, child health and in health and social care partnerships.

Scotland
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National Evaluation of the First Troubled Families Programme

In January 2013, Ecorys was commissioned by CLG to lead a consortium providing an independent evaluation of the phase one troubled families programme. This briefing summarises the results of the evaluation.

England & Wales
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Towards a Walking World: The role of local government

A recent report declared that creating places people can walk around conveniently, safely and enjoyably is becoming a priority worldwide. This briefing will explore the ways in which local government can contribute to making cities more walkable.

Ireland
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Homelessness in Greater Glasgow and Greater Manchester

A report from the charity Lifeline analyses homelessness data in the Greater Manchester and Greater Glasgow areas and considers how homelessness can be reduced along with the effects on health and wellbeing that are associated with it.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Local approaches to obesity

This briefing takes a closer look at the approaches that councils in Ireland, Scotland and England are taking to tackle obesity and inactivity in their local areas and will be of interest to Irish eyes given the similar challenges being confronted across the three nations.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Cycle BOOM: Can cycling help older people maintain their health and wellbeing?

Only one per cent of journeys made by older people in the UK are by bike, even though more than a quarter aged between 60 and 69 own a bicycle. Cycle BOOM investigated the barriers and potential for using cycling to enable better health and wellbeing for older people.

England & Wales