Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

Newswire – CC: The Charity Commission’s Faith and Social Cohesion Unit (FSCU), whose work came to a close at the end of August 2010, has made a range of new resources for faith-based charities available online. 

The resources include:
* tailored guidance on developing a governing document for faith-based groups preparing to register with the Charity Commission
* a pre-registration checklist to track a charity’s progress to registration
* 3 case studies of mosques demonstrating good governance
Press release ~ FSCU’s final newsletter ~ New resources for faith-based charities
 
Ofcom: It’s a hectic time for thousands of teenagers across the country as they sort out their college & university places.  And with 101 decisions to make – from where to live to how to manage finances – choices over what phone & internet deal to get can often be pushed to the back of the queue. That’s why Ofcom has put together a guide for students on the communications services they may need during their studies.
Press release ~ Ofcom’s video guide on broadband speeds ~ What to consider when getting mobile broadband ~ Mobile broadband coverage checker ~ Bill Monitor (Ofcom-accredited price comparison website) ~ Simplify Digital (compare landlines, broadband and digital TV packages) ~ Homephonecoices.co.uk (compares both standalone home phone packages and those with broadband and/or digital TV) ~ Broadband Choices (compare broadband services ) ~ Broadband.co.uk (compare broadband services)
 
ScotGov: Updated advice that focuses on ensuring communities can effectively engage in the planning system has been published by the Scottish Government. The document encourages engagement with communities from the earliest possible stage to enable views to be reflected in development plans and on individual proposals.  Delays for communities & developers alike will hopefully then be less likely.
Press release ~ Planning Advice Note on Community Engagement
 
FCO: UK residents make nearly 70m overseas visits each year.  Many are going to remote or adventurous destinations which require special preparation, but even if you're going to a country you're familiar with it's important to take proper health precautions before you go.  Not doing so could be very costly. You can find up to date information for your destination on the National Travel Health Network & Centre (NaTHNaC) website.
Press release ~ Foreign Office Travel Advice ~ Travel insurance
 
NICE: People who experience spontaneous blackouts may not be receiving accurate or timely diagnoses because of inadequate assessments made by healthcare staff.  NICE has published a clinical guideline which hopes to improve the diagnosis and management of this potentially serious symptom.
Press release ~ NICE clinical guideline 109 on "The management of transient loss of consciousness (blackouts) in adults"
 
HSE: Installers, designers, maintenance firms & manufacturers of electric gates, are being urged to seriously consider new safety advice issued by the Health & Safety Executive, following the recent deaths of two children involving these gates. The safety alert points out that limiting the closing forces of gates alone will not provide sufficient protection to meet the relevant standards, and installers must fit additional safeguards to gates in public areas.
Press release ~ Risks to pedestrians from crushing zones on electrically powered gates - 2
 
EHRC: The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) are urging small & medium size businesses to examine their pay systems to ensure they comply with equal pay laws.
As part of the Commission’s drive to increase transparency around pay in the workplace, the Commission and the BCC have jointly published a quick & easy guide to help employers do this. The process is relatively simple for a small organisation and should take no longer than 4 hours, according to the guidance.
Press release ~ Quick-start guide to providing equal pay ~ BCC
 
WAG: Social Justice & Local Government Minister, Carl Sargeant has invited front line staff from criminal justice, health, education and social services to attend a bespoke training course on handling cases of forced marriage.
 
Working in partnership with the South Wales Police, the Henna Foundation and Black Association Women Step Out (BAWSO), the training will provide guidance for dealing with cases of forced marriage.  Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, the training programme offers practical advice & support which may lead to earlier identification and intervention in cases of forced marriage.
Press release ~ Forced marriage and honour based violence ~ The Right to be Safe’ strategy ~ Henna Foundation ~ Black Association Women Step Out (BAWSO)
Giving the elderly a voice in Parliament: An interview with Rachael Maskell MP