Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

DCSF:  The DCSF has created a set of materials to help communicate & collaborate with young people through social media & inspiring video content.  3 short films have been produced to illustrate the stages of video creation.  These videos are designed to enthuse & motivate to create video content.


The toolkit includes a comprehensive guide to social media that will allow you to start a conversation with young people and get them actively involved in creating & maintaining a social media group, page or account.  A guide to video production is also included and can be used to help develop creative videos to promote activities.

Press release ~ Engaging through social media

WAG:  A new information pack, launched on St David’s Day, will help migrants, refugees, asylum seekers & their families find the information they need to access services and integrate into local communities, Social Justice & Local Government Minister, Carl Sargeant, has claimed.

Understanding Wales includes links to relevant public sector, regulatory & government bodies, voluntary organisations, basic advice on day to day living, sections on health, education, employment, housing, and information on Welsh culture, events & places of interest.  It will be available in the top six most used languages spoken by migrant workers.
Press release ~ Understanding Wales ~ WAG:  Community Cohesion ~ Refugee Inclusion strategy ~ Migrants Forum

:  When it comes to our health & wellbeing, is a nation of ‘all talk and no action’ according to a survey for new online service NHS MidLifeCheck.  Despite 46% believing they need to think more about leading a healthy lifestyle, 47% admit to spending a lot more time talking about getting healthy than actually doing anything about it and 33% say they wouldn’t even know where to start.

NHS MidLifeCheck) has been launched to help people over 40 turn their good intentions into reality.  The free, confidential website is easy to use and supports people in planning for changes they choose to make.  Following a simple multiple-choice lifestyle questionnaire, the site gives personal results & advice.  Users can create an individual plan, set goals, track their weight and sign up for free emails, texts or letters to help them along the way.
Press release ~ NHS MidLifeCheck ~ NHS:  Baby LifeCheck & Teen LifeCheck

:  New guidance has been produced to help GPs identify symptoms & diagnose young women with cervical cancer early, Health Minister, Ann Keen, has announced.  The guidance was produced after a working group of the Advisory Committee on Cervical Screening (ACCS) was set up to look at the management of young women with gynaecological symptoms.

The working group found that women that visited their GP with abnormal bleeding experienced delay in diagnosis because they did not receive a full pelvic examination.  The guidance provides GPs with an easy to follow algorithm to help in the management of these young women and re-emphasises existing NICE guidelines around gynaecological symptoms.
Press release ~ Clinical practice guidelines for the assessment of young women aged 20-24 with abnormal vaginal bleeding ~ NHS Cervical Screening Programme

HO:  Plans to streamline police powers, cut red tape and increase the time officers can spend on frontline duties have been announced by Home Office Minister David Hanson.  New measures in the review of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) include:

* increasing the flexibility of chief constables to use back-office staff for appropriate routine tasks
* simplifying procedures for issuing bail & dealing with those who breach it
* reducing time spent dealing with detainees by issuing guidance to chief constables on making best use of short-term detention facilities
Press release ~ PACE, Powers and Procedures

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