Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

DfE: Revised guidance has been published by the Government which clarifies the responsibilities of professionals towards safeguarding children, and strengthens the focus away from processes and onto the needs of the child.
 
In response to recommendations from Professor Eileen Munro’s report, A child-centred system, the revised Working together to safeguard children guidance clarifies the core legal requirements on individuals and organisations to keep children safe.  

It sets out, in one place, the legal requirements that health services, social workers, police, schools and other organisations that work with children, must follow – and emphasises that safeguarding is the responsibility of all professionals who work with children.  The guidance will come into effect from 15 April 2013.
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NICEPatients with cystic fibrosis can now be offered tobramycin (Novartis) and colistimethate sodium (Forest Laboratories UK) dry powders for inhalations as treatment options for lung infections in certain circumstances, following final guidance from NICE.
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NICEDiagnosing conduct disorders at an early stage is key to ensuring that children and their families are able to access the treatment and support they need to manage the condition, says NICE. Conduct disorders are a serious, but frequently unrecognised, mental health condition characterised by repeated & persistent misbehaviour that may include stealing, fighting, vandalism and harming people or animals.
 
These disorders are the most common reason for children to be referred to mental health services, with around 5% of all children aged between 5 and 16 years diagnosed with the condition. If left untreated, many children will go on to have serious mental health problems as adults. The cost of not treating these children early on is huge not just to the NHS but also to society.
 
In the first national guideline in this area, NICE suggests using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire for the initial assessment of a child or young person with a suspected conduct disorder.
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Monitor: The sector regulator, Monitor has set out how it proposes to enforce the rules for which it will be responsible under the new NHS regulatory regime that comes into force from 1 April 2013.  Monitor’s priority in exercising its functions is to ensure that patients’ interests are protected & promoted.

In addition, Monitor will be able to ensure that all NHS providers and other organisations supply the information it needs in order to regulate the sector.   The principles that will inform the way Monitor undertakes this task are set out the Enforcement Guidance.
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EHRC: The Equality & Human Rights Commission has published new guidance to help public authorities in England comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) by giving due consideration to equality issues in their procurement processes.
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OFTTravel companies operating in the UK must provide consumers with clear, transparent & timely information when advertising and selling flights & holidays, states new guidance launched by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recently.
 
The guidance is aimed at airlines, price comparison websites, travel agents and tour operators, and is designed to make sure the travel industry is fully aware of its responsibilities under existing consumer legislation.  

The document makes clear that the travel industry must provide consumers with the information they need, when they need it and in a transparent way they can clearly understand.  The guidance also sets out how the enforcement process works if regulations are breached such that further action may be necessary.
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Data Security: Controlling Classified Information in the UK Public Sector