Impacts on all parts of UK
The first TV campaign in the UK focused on child sexual exploitation launched last week with the message that ‘child sexual exploitation can happen to any young person, regardless of their gender or background’.  New research shows 93% of parents have heard of child sexual exploitation, but 29% know little about it and 36% believe it won’t affect their family.  A new TV advert & website (www.csethesigns.scot) show how conversations online can potentially lead to a young person placing themselves in danger and highlight how to spot the warning signs.
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The Fifth Annual Public Sector ICT Summit
1st March 2016, 09:30-16:30, Central London

Free to attend for Public Sector Delegates

With the Cabinet Office reportedly citing government’s IT contracts as “having not stood the test of time” what changes should we expect and prepare for from central government?

Discover the latest strategies by joining Stephen Foreshew-Cain, GDS at The Public Sector ICT Summit.

Reasons to get involved:

  • 85% of last year's delegates rated the 2015 summit content as good or higher
  • 200+ senior central government ICT professionals registered to attend this year
  • Discuss the Cabinet Office’s reported review into government strategy of IT contracts
Thank God they care and we must care for them
The Chief Nursing Officer for England marked Young Carers Awareness Day, which recognises more than 700,000 young people in the UK who provide care & support to family & friends.  As part of the Commitment to Carers NHS England has worked with young carers to make sure that their voices are directing the actions taken to promote awareness and help them make improvements across the NHS.
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We cannot afford more diabetics
The Public Accounts Committee sets out new measures intended to improve treatment for diabetes patients and bolster prevention of the condition.  In its report, the Committee finds weaknesses in the approach of the DH and NHS England mean "the costs of diabetes to the NHS will continue to rise".  There remain "unacceptable variations in the take up of education programmes, delivery of recommended care processes, achievement of treatment standards and in outcomes for diabetes patients".
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Charities cannot ‘outsource’ their governance responsibilities
The Public Administration & Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) finds it is the failure of Trustees to fulfil their responsibilities which lies behind the causes of last summer’s charity fundraising scandals.
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SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. The past 5 years have seen government make a priority of getting money through its supply chain into the hands of SMEs, by both setting targets and introducing new procurement mechanisms.

Against this backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Click here to find out more and view this week’s new arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service. 

Diseases in remote land WILL spread
Deaths from Malaria could be nearly eliminated in the next 15 years thanks in part to a landmark £3bn funding commitment announced by the Chancellor and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Is that journey really necessary?
PHE and the National Travel Health Network & Centre are advising pregnant women to consider delaying travel to countries with ongoing Zika virus outbreaks.

DH:  Zika virus: travel advice for pregnant women

Stay healthy over New Year
Travellers should be aware of the risk of avian flu when travelling to China for Chinese New Year.  Although the risk to UK residents travelling to the affected areas remains very low, anyone planning to visit China, Hong Kong SAR or Taiwan should minimise their exposure to birds.   PHE and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) also strongly recommend you see your GP, pharmacist or travel health clinic to check you are in date with any recommended vaccinations, receive appropriate malaria advice and discuss any other potential risks.
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Whether 1 person or 6m, we must honour their memory

A consultation has been launched to seek views from those who may have been affected by an incident of overseas terror.  This follows an announcement in 2015 that the Government will create a new national memorial to remember British citizens who have lost their lives in acts of terrorism overseas.

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Pity she couldn’t backdate the ‘1% of annual turnover’ fine now in force
Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has told Tesco to introduce significant changes to practices & systems after finding it had seriously breached a legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice to protect groceries suppliers.  She found that the retailer had acted unreasonably when delaying payments to suppliers, often for lengthy periods of time.
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Your reputation can be stolen or leaked away

Companies that fail to keep personal data safe risk long-lasting reputational damage that can impact on the future success of the business, according to the Information Commissioner.  ICO fines of up to £500,000 for breaching the DP Act are a powerful deterrent, but the negative impact created by media coverage of a penalty can have a greater impact than the fine itself.  His comments are backed up by a YouGov poll which shows that nearly 80% of people would think twice about giving their custom to an online company that had made headlines for failing to stop a data security breach. 

To help them preserve their ‘reputations’, the ICO has launched a self-assessment tool that will ‘help SMEs to assess their compliance with the DP Act’.  The toolkit provides handy links to relevant guidance & further information, and will generate a rating based on responses.

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Syria is only one of the countries where Unicef needs funds
The latest figures on the Syria crisis, included in Unicef’s Humanitarian Action for Children report, show that over 4.3m Syrians have now fled the country, equivalent to almost 20% of the country’s population.  More than 13.5m people, including 6m children, who have remained inside Syria, are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. These staggering figures are equivalent to the entire population of Greater London & Manchester being forced to flee the UK.
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 More contributions to the EU constitutional debate

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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Electoral Commission to open registration for EU Referendum campaigners

Civitas: The Single Market has benefited non-members more than Britain and other founding signatories

CBI President on EU reform and the referendum

ScotGov:  EU ‘crucial’ for Scottish farming

Migration Watch UK:  British exit from the EU could reduce net migration by 100,000

PC&PE:  Reasoned Opinion on European Parliament electoral reform recommended by Committee

Wales Office:  Wales & Europe in an uncertain world’

Fair Taxation: EC presents new measures against corporate tax avoidance


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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ScotGov:  Options to thwart UK TU bill considered

WAG:  “Vote down flawed, damaging & divisive Bill” urges Minister

Let's concentrate on delivery not powers, says Wales Office Minister

Wales Office:  The devolution of power to Wales


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We're very pleased to be able to announce the 2016 Guardian Public Leaders editorial board. We have a wide cross-section of members this year, coming from all parts of public services, including the Student Loans Company, Stirling council, the NSPCC, Manchester Credit Union, Mersey Care NHS Trust, Academi Wales and more.
Ahead of Time to Talk Day, which aims to get the nation talking about mental health, we want to hear about the conversations you've had with colleagues that have helped you. Have you chatted to someone at work after feeling down or going through a tough time? Contact tamsin.rutter@theguardian.com.

Also on the network
The loss of libraries is another surefire way to entrench inequality

The loss of libraries is another surefire way to entrench inequality
Mary O'Hara still has her first library card from west Belfast. Every time she hears of a closure it hits a nerve

Cuts are hitting UK firefighters where it matters most: training to fight fires

Cuts are hitting UK firefighters where it matters most: training to fight fires
Fire chiefs being forced to tighten budgets are making tough decisions that could have deadly consequences

Public servant: my letter to the public
I wish I could do more to protect your loved ones in mental health crisis

I wish I could do more to protect your loved ones in mental health crisis
Sometimes it takes me weeks to find a hospital bed for seriously mentally ill people – it’s terrifying

This series aims to give a voice to the staff behind public services hit by mounting cuts and rising demand, and so often denigrated by the press, politicians and public. If you would like to write an article for the series, contact tamsin.rutter@theguardian.com.
News in brief
• Women still denied fair share of top jobs in civil service worldwide
• Firms and councils may be fined for unattended weekend roadworks
• Northern cities head list of UK's low-wage, high-welfare economies
• Civil service is UK's biggest employer of "elite" apprentices
• The most potent figure in British politics: an interview with Jeremy Heywood
• Mental health crisis takes huge and increasing share of police time
• Fire and police chiefs in role swap as government pushes for collaboration